Entering into the Mystery

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! … For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom 11: 33-36).

Day 1 Readings and Prayers for St. Louis de Montfort's 33 Day of Consecration to Jesus through Mary – An Online Guide

Introduction: In this time of great disunity, hatred and disbelief in our country and world…
in this time of great sin, corruption and abuse in our Church and in our government…
Yet, also in this time of unlimited and boundless grace
in which Jesus comes to us daily in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and feeds us in daily communion —
in which Mary comes to us every day to help us and be with us as she never ceases calling us to conversion —
we are called to never to give up hope —
for when sin abounds, grace abounds all the more!
So, for such a time as this, I am feeling called again to renew my Marian Consecration again!!!
Will you join me?
We can look to Pope St. John Paul II as our guide.
He gave himself completely to Jesus through Mary.
He recognized that by doing so was the answer to all the world’s needs –
all the needs of the Church –
and all of our individual and familial needs.
He recognized all he was –
all he was given –
all he was able to accomplish came from Jesus through Mary.
The same is true for us!
This is an incredibly powerful means of conversion, of healing and of grace that will transform you to the extent you enter into it.
By beginning today, on Nov. 5, we can all consecrate (or reconsecrate) ourselves to Jesus through Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th!


I’m pulling together ideas from the following websites in order to create a 1-stop online guide to go to now through our consecration day. May it be a blessing for each of us. Mary, intercede for us and help us enter into this consecration with great love and devotion – carried by your love and grace when we fail. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
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Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s 

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

12 Days of Preparation: 

The 33 days are broken into sections. The first 12 days are to help us prepare to make the consecration by renouncing the spirit of the world.

Day 1 of 33:
Meditate on Scripture: Matthew 5:1-19



And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him.
And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: 

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. 
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. 
Blessed are the merciful: for they
shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. 
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they
shall be called children of God. 

Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven. 

Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you,
untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the
prophets that were before you. 

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. 

You are the light of the
world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but
upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 

Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or
the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot,
or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least
commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do
and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.



Pray: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be

Veni Creator sung in Latin with English Translation

Ave Maria Stella – Sung in Latin with English Translation

The Prayer of Mary – The Magnificat 
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever. 
(Lk 1:46-55)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity
is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light
of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary
to that of Jesus Christ. 



The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a
denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ,
which is also that of Mary.



It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life, and
by disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by
which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to
the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places
and things. 



Read: 
St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary is divided into 273 points. As we prepare for the Consecration, I will share 8 of these points each day from St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise in order to finish the book within the time of 33 Days of prayers. 


TREATISE ON TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE





1. It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her
that he must reign in the world.

2. Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church
“Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon
earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.



3. In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from
nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and
assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, “Who
can she possibly be?”, for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was
nothing compared with what he withheld.



4. God the Father willed that she should perform no miracle during her life, at least no public one,
although he had given her the power to do so. God the Son willed that she should speak very little although
he had imparted his wisdom to her.

Even though Mary was his faithful spouse, God the Holy Spirit willed that his apostles and
evangelists should say very little about her and then only as much as was necessary to make Jesus known.



5. Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almighty God and he has reserved the knowledge and
possession of her for himself. She is the glorious Mother of God the Son who chose to humble and conceal
her during her lifetime in order to foster her humility. He called her “Woman” as if she were a stranger,
although in his heart he esteemed and loved her above all men and angels. Mary is the sealed fountain and
the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit where only he may enter. She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the
Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendour than anywhere else in the universe,
not excluding his dwelling above the cherubim and seraphim. No creature, however pure, may enter there
without being specially privileged.



6. I declare with the saints: Mary is the earthly paradise of Jesus Christ the new Adam, where he
became man by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish in her wonders beyond our
understanding. She is the vast and divine world of God where unutterable marvels and beauties are to be
found. She is the magnificence of the Almighty where he hid his only Son, as in his own bosom, and with
him everything that is most excellent and precious. What great and hidden things the all- powerful God has
done for this wonderful creature, as she herself had to confess in spite of her great humility, “The Almighty
has done great things for me.” The world does not know these things because it is incapable and unworthy
of knowing them.



7. The saints have said wonderful things of Mary, the holy City of God, and, as they themselves admit,
they were never more eloquent and more pleased than when they spoke of her. And yet they maintain that
the height of her merits rising up to the throne of the Godhead cannot be perceived; the breadth of her love
which is wider than the earth cannot be measured; the greatness of the power which she wields over one
who is God cannot be conceived; and the depths of her profound humility and all her virtues and graces
cannot be sounded. What incomprehensible height! What indescribable breadth! What immeasurable
greatness! What an impenetrable abyss!



8. Every day, from one end of the earth to the other, in the highest heaven and in the lowest abyss, all
things preach, all things proclaim the wondrous Virgin Mary. The nine choirs of angels, men and women of
every age, rank and religion, both good and evil, even the very devils themselves are compelled by the force
of truth, willingly or unwillingly, to call her blessed.

According to St. Bonaventure, all the angels in heaven unceasingly call out to her: “Holy, holy, holy
Mary, Virgin Mother of God.” They greet her countless times each day with the angelic greeting, “Hail,
Mary”, while prostrating themselves before her, begging her as a favour to honour them with one of her 
requests. According to St. Augustine, even St. Michael, though prince of all the heavenly court, is the most
eager of all the angels to honour her and lead others to honour her. At all times he awaits the privilege of
going at her word to the aid of one of her servants.
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9. The whole world is filled with her glory, and this is especially true of Christian peoples, who have
chosen her as guardian and protectress of kingdoms, provinces, dioceses, and towns. Many cathedrals are
consecrated to God in her name. There is no church without an altar dedicated to her, no country or region
without at least one of her miraculous images where all kinds of afflictions are cured and all sorts of
benefits received. Many are the confraternities and associations honouring her as patron; many are the
orders under her name and protection; many are the members of sodalities and religious of all congregations
who voice her praises and make known her compassion. There is not a child who does not praise her by
lisping a Hail Mary. There is scarcely a sinner, however hardened, who does not possess some spark of
confidence in her. The very devils in hell, while fearing her, show her respect. 


A taste of Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:
“Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to make this retreat with generosity and zeal.”


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