Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time.

The act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on September 3.

Bishop John Keenan of Paisley asked Catholics to take part in 40 days of spiritual preparation for the event.

On his Facebook page he wrote: “I shall be doing it daily and warmly invite every one of you to join me.

“The consecration depends on fervent national preparation. Please share (I rarely ask this but this is important).”

The Forty Days’ preparation, available on the bishop’s Facebook page, involves a different prayer or penance each day.

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