WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN FOR A FIFTH AND FINAL MARIAN DOGMA
The Movement for the New Marian Dogma
In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of Mary’s Assumption into heaven. It constituted the fourth Marian dogma in history. For over a century, and now with a renewed strength and zeal, a worldwide movement is taking place for a fifth and final Marian dogma, which acknowledges Our Lady’s role in salvation, and honors her as the “Spiritual Mother of all Peoples,” which include her maternal roles as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. Millions of faithful and hundreds of bishops have already petitioned the Pope for this solemn proclamation. The four preceding dogmas comprise the life and the earthly departure of Our Lady. These dogmas have to come first, just as the recognition of the earthly life of Mary had to precede her universal motherly role as Mother of all humanity.
This necessary new dogma has a long history in theology and in the Tradition of the Church, as studies have shown. (1) It is not, however, unusual, that authentic private revelation would precede and confirm the proclamation of a dogma, as was the case with dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. (2)
The Urgency of this Campaign
In the Amsterdam apparitions, the Lady says: “Know well, great threats are hanging over the Church, are hanging over the world. Now the moment has come for you to speak of Mary as Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, under the title of the Lady of all Nations. Why is Mary asking this of you? Because she has been sent by her Lord and Creator, so that, under this title and through this prayer, she may deliver the world from a great world catastrophe.” But Our Lady’s promises go even further: “…Once the dogma, the last Marian dogma in history, has been proclaimed, the Lady of all Nations will bring peace, true peace to the world.”
Here we must understand that this dogma is not only about truth, but primarily about a testimony of faith. Divine mercy responds to human faith and prayer. If the Church honors Mary with these titles, which express the maternal greatness which the Lord has accorded her, she will be able to unfold her motherly mediating power to its fullest possible capacity. All of this is what has inspired us to start this new campaign of prayer now—for the Church and the world today.
The New Campaign: August 15, 2018 to May 31, 2019
This campaign of prayer consists of a novena of nine months, starting on the feast of Mary’s Assumption into heaven, August 15, 2018, until May 31, 2019, the Feast of Our Lady’s Visitation. All participants are asked, according to ability, to pray a rosary every day, followed by the Prayer of the Lady of all Nations at the end of each decade, for the proclamation of the Dogma of Mary as the Spiritual Mother of All Peoples. However, any prayer form which daily includes the Prayer of the Lady of all Nations is acceptable. This could be done either individually or in prayer groups. It would be great if this novena initiative could be taken up in your local parish, religious community, or diocese. If possible, please inform us through this website about your level of participation in this novena initiative for the Fifth Marian Dogma ().
The Prayer of “The Lady of all Nations”
To invoke the Holy Spirit over our wounded world, the Lady of all Nations gave a short and strong prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth…” In 1995, Rome allowed the public veneration of Mary under the title, ‘The Lady of all Nations’, as well as the prayer. In 2002, the local bishop stated that the apparitions in its essence consist of a supernatural origin. In 2005, the Congregation requested a small change in the prayer text. The original clause “who once was Mary” (which refers to the young woman of Nazareth who became the Spiritual Mother of all Peoples), was to be altered to prevent misunderstanding. In obedience, this has been done. Presently, most translations use the altered phrase: “the Blessed Virgin Mary.” In the last 70 years, the prayer has spread around the world, and has been translated into almost every language.
The Prayer as “Heart” of the New Campaign
Now, to serve this worldwide campaign of prayer for the new dogma, the local bishop has also given permission to include the above titles – which are in conformity with Tradition and the Magisterium – into the prayer, rather than the altered phrase. It gives the participants of the campaign the possibility to actually honor Our Lady with her requested titles, and so lends a special power to the prayer, as the Lord awaits our honoring of his Mother with these titles. This, of course, by no means disqualifies the current prayer form, which keeps its full legitimacy and value. Now, to serve this campaign, then, the Prayer of the Lady of All Nations, can also be prayed as follows:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all Nations, that they may be preserved from degeneration, disasters and war.
May the Lady of all Nations, Mary,
Co -redemptrix, and Mediatrix,
be our Advocate. Amen.
(1) See, for example, the very penetrating study, With Jesus, by Prof. Dr. Mark Miravalle.
(2)The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was preceded by the Marian apparitions to St. Catharine Labouré, Paris 1830. The dogma of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven was preceded by a Marian apparition to a young French boy, Gilles de Bonheure, to whom Mary revealed how her body was carried into heaven by angels. He had been instructed to tell Pope Pius XII about it, which took place in early 1950, when the pope received him in audience.