Day 16 Readings and Prayers for St. Louis de Montfort's 33 Day of Consecration to Jesus through Mary – An Online Guide

Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary


FIRST WEEK
THEME FOR THE WEEK: KNOWLEDGE OF SELF
Prayers, examinations, reflection, acts of renouncement of our own will, of contrition for our sins, of contempt of self, all performed at the feet of Mary, for it is from her that we hope for light to know ourselves. It is near her, that we shall be able to measure the abyss of our miseries without despairing.

We should employ all our pious actions in asking for a knowledge of ourselves and contrition of our sins: and we should do this in a spirit of piety. During this period, we shall consider not so much the opposition that exists between the spirit of Jesus and ours, as the miserable and humiliating state to which our sins have reduced us. Moreover, the True Devotion being an easy, short, sure and perfect way to arrive at that union with Our Lord which is Christlike perfection, we shall enter seriously upon this way, strongly convinced of our misery and helplessness. But how attain this without a knowledge of ourselves’? 


Day 16 of 33:  
Meditation 
From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 228
Preparatory Exercises

During the first week they should offer up all their prayers and acts of devotion to acquire knowledge of
themselves and sorrow for their sins. Let them perform all their actions in a spirit of humility. With this end in view
they may, if they wish, meditate on what I have said concerning our corrupted nature, and consider themselves
during six days of the week as nothing but sails, slugs, toads, swine, snakes and goats. Or else they may
meditate on the following three considerations of St. Bernard: “Remember what you were -corrupted seed; what
you are – a body destined for decay; what you will be -food for worms.” They will ask our Lord and the Holy Spirit
to enlighten them saying, “Lord, that I may see,” or “Lord, let me know myself,” or the “Come, Holy Spirit”. Every
day they should say the Litany of the Holy Spirit, with the prayer that follows, as indicated in the first part of this
work. They will turn to our Blessed Lady and beg her to obtain for them that great grace which is the foundation of
all others, the grace of self-knowledge. For this intention they will say each day the Ave Maris Stella and the
Litany of the Blessed Virgin.

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 2, Chapter 5
Of Self-consideration

We cannot trust over much to ourselves (Jer. 17:5), because grace oftentimes is wanting to us, and
understanding also. Little light is there in us, and this we quickly lose by our negligence. Oftentimes too we
perceive not our inward blindness how great it is. Oftentimes we do evil, and excuse it worse (Psalm 141:4). We
are sometimes moved with passion, and we think it zeal. We reprehend small things in others, and pass over our
own greater matters (Matt. 7:5). Quickly enough we feel and weigh what we suffer at the hands of others; but we
mind not how much others suffer from us. He that well and rightly considereth his own works, will find little cause
to judge hardly of another. 


Listen, Sing and Watch or Pray just the words depending on your time constraints: 

Litany of the Holy Ghost, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, & Ave Maris Stella 

Litany of the Holy Ghost – Latin with English Translation
Litany of the Holy Ghost
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Father all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us
Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us
Author of all good, have mercy on us
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our
souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of
wisdom and piety.
V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let Us Pray
Grant, 0 merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and
purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us
fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with
Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and
ever. R. Amen. 
Ave Maria Stella – Sung in Latin with English Translation
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, bright star of ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva’s name.
Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus
Joy forevermore.
Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be.  Amen.

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God the Father of Heaven, 
Have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 
Have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Ghost, 
Have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, one God, 
Have mercy on us. 
Holy Mary, 
pray for us. 
Holy Mother of God, 
pray for us. 
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
pray for us. 
Mother of Christ, 
pray for us. 
Mother of divine grace, 
pray for us. 
Mother most pure, 
pray for us. 
Mother most chaste, 
pray for us. 
Mother inviolate, 
pray for us. 
Mother undefiled, 
pray for us. 
Mother most amiable, 
pray for us. 
Mother most admirable, 
pray for us. 
Mother of good counsel, 
pray for us. 
Mother of our Creator, 
pray for us. 
Mother of our Savior, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most prudent, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most venerable, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most renowned, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most powerful, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most merciful, 
pray for us. 
Virgin most faithful, 
pray for us. 
Mirror of justice, 
pray for us. 
Seat of wisdom, 
pray for us. 
Cause of our joy, 
pray for us. 
Spiritual vessel, 
pray for us. 
Vessel of honor, 
pray for us. 
Singular vessel of devotion, 
pray for us. 
Mystical rose, 
pray for us. 
Tower of David, 
pray for us. 
Tower of ivory, 
pray for us. 
House of gold, 
pray for us. 
Ark of the Covenant, 
pray for us. 
Gate of Heaven, 
pray for us. 
Morning star, 
pray for us. 
Health of the sick, 
pray for us. 
Refuge of sinners, 
pray for us. 
Comforter of the afflicted, 
pray for us. 
Help of Christians, 
pray for us. 
Queen of angels, 
pray for us. 
Queen of patriarchs, 
pray for us. 
Queen of prophets, 
pray for us. 
Queen of apostles, 
pray for us. 
Queen of martyrs, 
pray for us. 
Queen of confessors, 
pray for us. 
Queen of virgins, 
pray for us. 
Queen of all saints, 
pray for us. 
Queen conceived without Original Sin, 
pray for us. 
Queen assumed into Heaven, 
pray for us. 
Queen of the most holy Rosary, 
pray for us. 
Queen of peace, 
pray for us. 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, 
Have mercy on us. 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, 
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

Read: 
St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary paragraphs 126-134.

2. A perfect renewal of baptismal promises

126. I have said that this devotion could rightly be called a perfect renewal of the vows and promises of
holy baptism. Before baptism every Christian was a slave of the devil because he belonged to him. At
baptism he has either personally or through his sponsors solemnly renounced Satan, his seductions and his
works. He has chosen Jesus as his Master and sovereign Lord and undertaken to depend upon him as a slave
of love. This is what is done in the devotion I am presenting to you. We renounce the devil, the world, sin
and self, as expressed in the act of consecration, and we give ourselves entirely to Jesus through Mary. We
even do something more than at baptism, when ordinarily our god-parents speak for us and we are given to
Jesus only by proxy. In this devotion we give ourselves personally and freely and we are fully aware of what
we are doing.

In holy baptism we do not give ourselves to Jesus explicitly through Mary, nor do we give him the
value of our good actions. After baptism we remain entirely free either to apply that value to anyone we
wish or keep it for ourselves. But by this consecration we give ourselves explicitly to Jesus through Mary’s
hands and we include in our consecration the value of all our actions.

127. “Men,” says St. Thomas, “vow in baptism to renounce the devil and all his seductions.” “This vow,”
says St. Augustine, “is the greatest and the most indispensable of all vows.” Canon Law experts say the
same thing: “The vow we make at baptism is the most important of all vows.” But does anyone keep this
great vow? Does anyone fulfil the promises of baptism faithfully? Is it not true that nearly all Christians
prove unfaithful to the promises made to Jesus in baptism? Where does this universal failure come from, if
not from man’s habitual forgetfulness of the promises and responsibilities of baptism and from the fact that
scarcely anyone makes a personal ratification of the contract made with God through his sponsors?

128. This is so true that the Council of Sens, convened by order of the Emperor Louis the Debonair to
remedy the grave disorders of Christendom, came to the conclusion that the main cause of this moral
breakdown was man’s forgetfulness of his baptismal obligations and his disregard for them. It could suggest
no better way of remedying this great evil than to encourage all Christians to renew the promises and vows
of baptism.

129. The Catechism of the Council of Trent, faithful interpreter of that holy Council, exhorts priests to
do the same and to encourage the faithful to remember and hold fast to the belief that they are bound and
consecrated as slaves to Jesus, their Redeemer and Lord. “The parish priest shall exhort the faithful never to
lose sight of the fact that they are bound in conscience to dedicate and consecrate themselves for ever to
their Lord and Redeemer as his slaves.”

130. Now the Councils, the Fathers of the Church and experience itself, all indicate that the best remedy
for the frequent lapses of Christians is to remind them of the responsibilities of their baptism and have them 
renew the vows they made at that time. Is it not reasonable therefore to do this in our day and in a perfect
manner by adopting this devotion with its consecration to our Lord through his Blessed Mother? I say “in a
perfect manner”, for in making this consecration to Jesus they are adopting the perfect means of giving
themselves to him, which is the most Blessed Virgin Mary.
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131. No one can object that this devotion is novel or of no value. It is not new, since the Councils, the
Fathers of the Church, and many authors both past and present, speak of consecration to our Lord or
renewal of baptismal vows as something going back to ancient times and recommended to all the faithful.
Nor is it valueless, since the chief source of moral disorders and the consequent eternal loss of Christians
spring from the forgetfulness of this practice and indifference to it.

132. Some may object that this devotion makes us powerless to help the souls of our relatives, friends
and benefactors, since it requires us to give our Lord, through Mary, the value of our good works, prayers,
penances, and alms-giving.

To them I reply:

(1) It is inconceivable that our friends, relatives and benefactors should suffer any loss because we
have dedicated and consecrated ourselves unconditionally to the service of Jesus and Mary; it would be an
affront to the power and goodness of Jesus and Mary who will surely come to the aid of our relatives,
friends and benefactors whether from our meagre spiritual assets or from other sources.

(2) This devotion does not prevent us from praying for others, both the living and the dead, even
though the application of our good works depends on the will of our Blessed Lady. On the contrary, it will
make us pray with even greater confidence. Imagine a rich man, who, wanting to show his esteem for a great
prince, gives his entire fortune to him. Would not that man have greater confidence in asking the prince to
help one of his friends who needed assistance? Indeed the prince would only be too happy to have such an
opportunity of proving his gratitude to one who had sacrificed all that he possessed to enrich him, thereby
impoverishing himself to do him honour. The same must be said of our Lord and our Lady. They will never
allow themselves to be outdone in gratitude.

133. Some may say, perhaps, if I give our Lady the full value of my actions to apply it to whom she
wills, I may have to suffer a long time in purgatory. This objection, which arises from self-love and from an
unawareness of the generosity of God and his holy Mother, refutes itself.

Take a fervent and generous soul who values God’s interests more than his own. He gives God all
he has without reserve till he can give no more. He desires only that the glory and the kingdom of Jesus may
come through his Mother, and he does all he can to bring this about. Will this generous and unselfish soul, I
ask, be punished more in the next world for having been more generous and unselfish than other people?
Far from it! For we shall see later that our Lord and his Mother will prove most generous to such a soul with
gifts of nature, grace and glory in this life and in the next.

134. We must now consider as briefly as possible: (1) The motives which commend this devotion to us,
(2) the wonderful effects it produces in faithful souls, and (3) the practices of this devotion. 
A taste of Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:

Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to listen to Jesus thirst.”

© Janet Moore 2018. All Rights Reserved.

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