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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (LifeSiteNews) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he made an act of consecration of the country to Our Lady, asking priests in Brazil to imitate him in saying the consecration prayer.

In a social media post on Instagram, Bolsonaro wrote that he recited the consecration prayer on October 24, the feast of St. Raphael in the Catholic calendar. 

“I share with the Catholic priests of Brazil that today, in the Chapel of the Alvorada Palace, I made the following consecration prayer,” he stated.

Bolsonaro prays the consecration prayer

The prayer, provided by Bolsonaro, makes reference to a devoutly Catholic former princess regent of Brazil, called “Isabel the Redemptress” because she abolished slavery in the country. It reads:

Queen of Heaven and Earth, as the Head of the Brazilian Nation, I renew that request that the Redeemer Princess Isabel once made to you: may you be the Supreme Ruler of this country, if Brazil is yours, and BY THIS ACT I COMMAND IT, it will be a nation whose God is the Lord, because you are entirely of God.

In the picture provided by the president, he was standing by the chapel’s altar and was accompanied by a priest kneeling in front of the altar. Five other individuals are pictured as witnesses to the consecration prayer.

Bolsonaro added that he invited priests to use the prayer also. “I forward this message, with much humility, to those priests who in their Holy Masses, public or private, should they so desire, present to God this humble and trusting consecration to the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

This is not the first time that 67-year-old Bolsonaro has participated in such an act of devotion, consecrating the nation of Brazil to Mary. 

In 2019, he took part in a ceremony at the presidential palace, which was the result of national deputy Eros Biondini and Brazil’s Catholic Parliamentary Front asking for divine protection. It was performed also in reparation for sin.

The 2019 consecration involved, among other aspects, praying the rosary and singing Marian Hymns. Following the ceremony a proclamation of national consecration was signed by President Bolsonaro, cabinet ministers Floriano Peixoto, and Biondini. The other signatories included Bishop Areas and Bishop emeritus João Evangelista Martins Terra of Brasilia.

One year later, Rio de Janeiro’s archbishop, Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, followed suit, and consecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 13. 

Brazil is currently in the midst choosing a new president, with voters going to the polling stations on October 30. A first round of voting took place on October 2 left Bolsonaro with 43% of the vote. His socialist, pro-abortion rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Workers’ Party candidate, achieved 48%. With neither candidate making the 50% mark, a second round of voting thus ensued.

Bolosonaro has been notable for his rejection of various global policies against freedom and life and family. The pro-life politician caused waves among his fellow international leaders by refusing to take a COVID-19 injection, and by firmly opposing the use of vaccine passports. 

This led even to Bolsonaro being denied entry into a New York pizza shop, due to his un-vaccinated status, while in the city for meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.

Meanwhile, his opponent Lula claimed in 2021 that abortion is “a woman’s right,” while in March of this year Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, described Lula’s pro-abortion stance as “unfortunate,” with the socialist candidate continuing to frame his rhetoric in terms of “public health.”