Te Hīkoi Wairua liturgical starters

The Rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God, Assumed into Heaven took place throughout New Zealand on the Feast of the Assumption, 15 August 2021. This included a national Mass, with the NZ bishops, at St Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington, where an artwork of Mary Mother of God was blessed and unveiled. The Ritual of Rededication was provided to parishes prior to the Feast of the Assumption. A hikoi wairua for the artwork to visit all around New Zealand has begun starting in the Dunedin diocese in August.

Information about the art work, history etc is available on the Te Ara a Maria website   https://www.tearaamaria.nz/ 

The 'celebrate the art work tour' and the timetable for each diocese is HERE

Ritual of Re-dedication

Cardinal John used the following ritual of re-dedication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary, Mother of God Assumed into Heaven. HERE

Parishes or Dioceses may wish to refer to the Ritual when hosting the artwork. A copy of the Ritual and additional resources available for parishes to create their own liturgies during the time they are hosting the icon are listed below. More ideas will be added as people share their ideas.

Prayers & Poems

  • Prayer of Re-dedication HERE
  • Marian Prayers HERE
  • The Rosary in Te Reo HERE
  • Two short prayers to Mary HERE
  • Two sonnets on Mary HERE
  • Song of Mary by Joy Cowley HERE
  • For those who mother by James B Lyons HERE

 Family walking 2021 09 25 at 3.14.15 PM


  • Ka Waiata notation HERE
  • Mo Maria notation HERE
  • Let us sing to Mary score and lyrics p1 HERE and p2 HERE
  • Hymn words from the Re-dedication Mass on 15th August HERE

Other Resources

A video created by Food for Faith is an inspired story from a student who retells her story of recovery and the power of prayer.

View Mary's story HERE

A list of more resources to help create beautiful liturgies can be found HERE 

Where are all the parishes dedicated to Mary? Here's a list by diocese. Consider how they will support the hikoi.

More to come as people contribute their creative ideas.

Holy Mary icon 2021 09 25 at 5.51.47 PM

E Hāta Maria, te Matua o te Atua - Holy Mary, Mother of God

Artwork commissioned by NZCBC 2021. Artist: Damien Walker.