33-day preparation begins on September 3
Consecration coincides with our celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on October 6. Can you spare 10 minutes a day for an outpouring of grace?
We invite you to consider consecrating yourself to Jesus Christ through Mary at our parish celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 6. If interested, please take an explanatory flyer from the narthex as well as the free “Preparation for Total Consecration…” book home with you. Day-by-day prayer and reflection instructions for the 33-day period of preparation are provided. Please prayerfully consider this grace filled devotion that begins on September 6.
Tips on Making Your Consecration To Jesus Christ Through Mary
1. If interested, take the free “Preparation for Total Consecration…” book home. Day-by-day prayer and reflection instructions begin on page 22 and will take about 10 minutes per day for the 33-day period of preparation culminating with your consecration on October 6. The 21 preceding pages provide useful background information for this devotion. It’s best to schedule your prayer time. Many people will set their alarms for ten minutes earlier than usual and use the morning time for their prayers (highly recommended).
2. You are not making permanent vows nor committing yourself to something you can’t “break.” You are simply entrusting yourself to God through the special care of His Mother where you promise to the best of your ability to follow her example and grow closer to God, because you have a sincere and serious desire to do so…knowing this is the purpose for which you were created: “to know, love, and serve God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your strength.”
3. If you miss a day, simply make it up as soon as you can (preferably the next day). There is a purpose to the sequence, so you don’t want to get too far away from the normal sequence.
4. This will be a private Consecration preparation. That is, you will be following the sequence of daily prayers at home. The Consecration itself will occur during a special Mass and celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on Saturday, October 6. (You will be receiving a separate mailing with details about this celebration.)
5. Page 119 of the book offers a list of questions to help you determine your readiness for your Consecration (or renewal).
6. You may call Tom Perry (966-6680), Dot Terheyden (675-4704) or Fr. Doug at the church office if you have any questions. You may also contact Tom Perry by e-mail at email@example.com
St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary
If you are interested in this true devotion to Mary and consecrating yourself to her (or renewing your previous consecration), we encourage you to consider beginning the 33-day preparatory period on September 3 so that you might make your Consecration on October 6 during our Feast Day celebration of Our Lady of the Rosary.
You can pick up your free “Preparation for Total Consecration Book” to guide you through the process, in the narthex, at the adoration Chapel, or at the church office. “Tips on Making Your Consecration” can be found on the back side of this flyer. See below for background information.
Please contact the Fr. Doug at the church office or call Tom Perry at 966-6680, or Dot Terheyden at 675-4704 with any questions.
We encourage you to prayerfully consider consecrating or entrusting yourself to Mary as a means to holiness which has been adopted by many saints. St. Louis de Montfort (1673 – 1716) outlines this spiritual way to union with Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary in his book True Devotion to Mary. Pope John Paul II was an advocate of this devotion which can be summarized as “Totus tuus ego sum.” (“I am all yours, O my Jesus, and all that I have is yours through Mary, your most holy Mother.” St. de Montfort)
“The spirituality of total consecration that St. Louis de Montfort proposes bases itself in this reality which is the central mystery of Christianity: by means of his Incarnation and Cross, Jesus Christ has saved us and has made us true children of God the Father, filled with his Holy Spirit. This is to say, Jesus, the Son of God the Father, has shared in our human condition in every way so that we may be given a sharing in his Divine life. This sharing includes his relationship with Mary because he who is truly the Son of the Almighty Father is also the son of Mary. Furthermore, because Jesus has given himself completely to us through Mary, those who wish to give themselves completely to Christ must do the same. Through Mary, salvation came into our world and through Mary, we can experience the fullness of this same salvation which is nothing less than a total sharing, a profound participation in the life of Jesus Christ. In the words of Father de Montfort, no one can truly be a child of God the Father without also being a child of Mary.” (Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary)
In St. de Montfort’s writings, True Devotion to Mary, he details this spirituality, the necessity of our devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and the fundamental truths of this devotion. He also outlines the motives, effects and practices of this devotion. Some of the wonderful effects that take place in a soul that practices this devotion faithfully include: self-knowledge; participation in the faith of Mary; deliverance from scruples, cares, and fears; greater confidence in God and Mary; and transformation of the soul by Mary into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
“By this devotion we give ourselves to Our Lord explicitly by the hands of Mary, and we consecrate to Him the value of all our actions.” (St. de Montfort). There are both interior and exterior practices of this devotion. The interior practices may be expressed, “to do all our actions by Mary, with Mary, in Mary and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus and for Jesus.” (St. de Montfort) In other words souls who practice this devotion obey Mary and in all things conduct themselves by the spirit of Mary, which is the Holy Spirit of God. They take Mary as their model who was made perfect in every virtue by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate to the degree we are able. They learn to dwell in the heart of Mary and allow their soul to be transformed in Jesus. Finally, they give themselves up entirely to the service of Mary and through Mary to Jesus.
These interior practices are united to certain exterior practices which might include devotion to the Rosary, the mystery of the Incarnation, wearing a Marian medal or the Brown Scapular. In addition, those interested in living this spirituality make a formal consecration to our Blessed Mother after a 33-day period of preparation (about 10 minutes per day) which may be renewed each year. This time of preparation is one of prayer and reflection in which our prayers and actions are offered to ask the Holy Spirit for: 1) knowledge of ourselves and true contrition for sins in a spirit of humility; 2) knowledge of the Blessed Virgin; and 3) knowledge of Jesus Christ. At the end of period of preparation, the person making the consecration will go to Confession and Communion and will recite the formula for their consecration which is typically done on a Marian feast day.