Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mary TV: Consecration Day

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August 15, 2013
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Consecration Day

Dear Family of Mary!

On this beautiful feast, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we complete our 33 Day Consecration! Today we will recite the Consecration Prayer written by St. Louis de Montfort, and we will give ourselves completely to Mary. What an honor and a blessing this is!

St. Louis de Montfort gave us some directions for this day:

True Devotion to Mary No. 231-233

231. At the end of these three weeks they should go to confession and Holy Communion with the intention of consecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary as slaves of love. When receiving Holy Communion they could follow the method given later on. They then recite the act of consecration which is given at the end of this book. If they do not have a printed copy of the act, they should write it out or have it copied and then sign it on the very day they make it.

232. It would be very becoming if on that day they offered some tribute to Jesus and his Mother, either as a penance for past unfaithfulness to the promises made in baptism or as a sign of their submission to the sovereignty of Jesus and Mary. Such a tribute would be in accordance with each one's ability and fervor and may take the form of fasting, an act of self-denial, the gift of an alms or the offering of a votive candle. If they gave only a pin as a token of their homage, provided it were given with a good heart, it would satisfy Jesus who considers only the good intention.

233. Every year at least, on the same date, they should renew the consecration following the same exercises for three weeks. They might also renew it every month or even every day by saying this short prayer: "I am all yours and all I have is yours, O dear Jesus, through Mary, your holy Mother."

St. Louis suggests that we go to Holy Mass (today is a Holy Day of Obligation, so that is easy!!) and pray the prayer after Holy Communion on our Consecration Day, but many of us will pray this prayer together during the Daily Rosary at either live or in the archives. Confession is suggested and can be celebrated within a few days of the Feast. We are also encouraged to make an act of homage in the form of alms or fasting, etc. This is completely up to each one of us.

Here is the consecration prayer:

Act of Consecration

Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom, most lovable and adorable Jesus, true God and true Man, only Son of the Eternal Father and of Mary always Virgin, I adore You profoundly, dwelling in the splendor of Your Father from all eternity, and in the virginal womb of Mary, Your most worthy Mother, at the time of Your Incarnation.

I thank You for having emptied Yourself in assuming the condition of a slave to set me free from the cruel slavery of the evil one.

I praise and glorify you for having willingly chosen to obey Mary, Your holy Mother, in all things, so that through her I may be Your faithful slave of love.

But I must confess that I have not kept the vows and promises which I made to You so solemnly at my baptism. I have not fulfilled my obligations, and I do not deserve to be called Your child or even your slave.

Since I cannot lay claim to anything except what merits Your rejection and displeasure, I dare no longer approach the holiness of Your majesty on my own. That is why I turn to the intercession and the mercy of Your Mother, whom You Yourself have given me to mediate with you. Through her I hope to obtain from You contrition and pardon for my sins and that Wisdom whom I desire to dwell in me always.

I turn to you, then, Mary immaculate, living tabernacle of God, in whom Eternal Wisdom willed to receive the adoration of both men and angels.

I greet you as Queen of heaven and earth, for all that is under God has been made subject to your sovereignty.

I call upon you, the unfailing refuge of sinners, confident in your mercy that has never forsaken anyone.

Grant my desire for divine Wisdom and, in support of my petition, accept the promises and the offering of myself which I now make, conscious of my unworthiness.

I,_____________________, an unfaithful sinner, renew and ratify today through you my baptismal promises. I renounce forever Satan, his empty promises, and his evil designs, and I give myself completely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him for the rest of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have been till now.

This day, with the whole court of heaven as witness, I choose you, Mary, as my Mother and Queen. I surrender and consecrate myself to you, body and soul, as your slave, with all that I possess, both spiritual and material, even including the value of all my good actions, past, present, and to come. I give you the full right to dispose of me and all that belongs to me, without any reservations, in whatever way you please, for the greater glory of God in time and throughout eternity.

Accept, gracious Virgin, this little offering of my slavery to honor and imitate the obedience which Eternal Wisdom willingly chose to have towards you, His Mother. I wish to acknowledge the authority which both of you have over this pitiful sinner. By it, I wish also to thank God for the privileges bestowed on you by the Blessed Trinity. I declare that for the future I will try to honor and obey you in all things as your true slave of love.

O admirable Mother, present me to your dear Son as his slave, now and for always, so that He who redeemed me through you, will now receive me through you.

Mother of mercy, grant me the favor of obtaining the true Wisdom of God, and so make me one of those whom you love, teach and guide, whom you nourish and protect as your children and slaves.

Virgin most faithful, make me in everything so committed a disciple, imitator, and slave of Jesus, your Son, Incarnate Wisdom, that I may become, through your intercession and example, fully mature with the fullness which Jesus possessed on earth, and with the fullness of His glory in heaven. Amen.



Our Lady has said to us:

May 17, 1984 "Dear children! Today I am very happy because there are many who want to consecrate themselves to me. Thank you. You have not made a mistake. My Son, Jesus Christ, wishes to bestow on you special graces through me. My Son is happy because of your dedication. Thank you for having responded to my call."

Thank you, Dearest Mother, for accepting our consecration today and for drawing us ever closer to your Son, Jesus! We want to respond to your call, day by day!!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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