Day 17 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 17 of 33:  
Meditation 
From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 228


Of Judgment, and the Punishment of Sinners 

In all things look to the end; and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge (Heb. 10:31) to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admitteth excuses, but will
judge according to right. O wretched and foolish sinner, who sometimes art in terror at the countenance of an
angry man, what answer wilt thou make to God who knoweth all thy wickedness (Job 9:2)! Why dost thou not
provide for thyself (Luke 16:9) against the day of judgement, when no man can be excused of defended by
another, but every one shall be a sufficient burden for himself!

Luke 16:1-8 
The Crafty Steward

And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused
unto him, that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said to him: How is it that I hear this of thee? give
an account of thy stewardship: for now thou canst be steward no longer. And the steward said within himself:
What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able; to beg I am
ashamed. I know what I will do, that when I shall be removed from the stewardship, they may receive me into their
houses. Therefore calling together every one of his lord’s debtors, he said to the first: How much dost thou owe
my lord? But he said: An hundred barrels of oil. And he said to him: Take thy bill and sit down quickly, and write
fifty. Then he said to another: And how much dost thou owe? Who said: An hundred quarters of wheat. He said to
him: Take thy bill, and write eighty. And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done
wisely: for the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light. 


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 interession 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 135-143.

CHAPTER FOUR
MOTIVES WHICH RECOMMEND THIS DEVOTION

1. By it we give ourselves completely to God
135. This first motive shows us the excellence of the consecration of ourselves to Jesus through Mary.

We can conceive of no higher calling than that of being in the service of God and we believe that
the least of God’s servants is richer, stronger, and nobler than any earthly monarch who does not serve God.
How rich and strong and noble then must the good and faithful servant be, who serves God as unreservedly
and as completely as he possibly can! Just such a person is the faithful and loving slave of Jesus in Mary.
He has indeed surrendered himself entirely to the service of the King of kings through Mary, his Mother, 
keeping nothing for himself. All the gold of the world and the beauties of the heavens could not recompense
him for what he has done.

136. Other congregations, associations, and confraternities set up in honour of our Lord and our Blessed
Lady, which do so much good in the Church, do not require their members to give up absolutely everything.
They simply prescribe for them the performance of certain acts and practices in fulfilment of their
obligations. They leave them free to dispose of the rest of their actions as well as their time. But this
devotion makes us give Jesus and Mary all our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings and every moment
of our lives without exception. Thus, whatever we do, whether we are awake or asleep, whether we eat or
drink, whether we do important or unimportant work, it will always be true to say that everything is done for
Jesus and Mary. Our offering always holds good, whether we think of it or not, unless we explicitly retract
it. How consoling this is!

137. Moreover, as I have said before, no other act of devotion enables us to rid ourselves so easily of the
possessiveness which slips unnoticed even into our best actions. This is a remarkable grace which our dear
Lord grants us in return for the heroic and selfless surrender to him through Mary of the entire value of our
good works. If even in this life he gives a hundredfold reward to those who renounce all material, temporal
and perishable things out of love for him, how generously will he reward those who give up even interior
and spiritual goods for his sake!

138. Jesus, our dearest friend, gave himself to us without reserve, body and soul, grace and merits. As St.
Bernard says, “He won me over entirely by giving himself entirely to me.” Does not simple justice as well
as gratitude require that we give him all we possibly can? He was generous with us first, so let us be
generous to him in return and he will prove still more generous during life, at the hour of death, and
throughout eternity. “He will be generous towards the generous.”



2. It helps us to imitate Christ

139. Our good Master stooped to enclose himself in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, a captive but loving
slave, and to make himself subject to her for thirty years. As I said earlier, the human mind is bewildered
when it reflects seriously upon this conduct of Incarnate Wisdom. He did not choose to give himself in a
direct manner to the human race though he could easily have done so. He chose to come through the Virgin
Mary. Thus he did not come into the world independently of others in the flower of his manhood, but he
came as a frail little child dependent on the care and attention of his Mother. Consumed with the desire to
give glory to God, his Father, and save the human race, he saw no better or shorter way to do so than by
submitting completely to Mary.

He did this not just for the first eight, ten or fifteen years of his life like other children, but for thirty
years. He gave more glory to God, his Father, during all those years of submission and dependence than he
would have given by spending them working miracles, preaching far and wide, and converting all mankind.
Otherwise he would have done all these things.

What immeasurable glory then do we give to God when, following the example of Jesus, we submit
to Mary! With such a convincing and well-known example before us, can we be so foolish as to believe that
there is a better and shorter way of giving God glory than by submitting ourselves to Mary, as Jesus did?



140. Let me remind you again of the dependence shown by the three divine Persons on our Blessed
Lady. Theirs is the example which fully justifies our dependence on her. The Father gave and still gives his
Son only through her. He raises children for himself only through her. He dispenses his graces to us only
through her. God the Son was prepared for mankind in general by her alone. Mary, in union with the Holy
Spirit, still conceives him and brings him forth daily. It is through her alone that the Son distributes his
merits and virtues. The Holy Spirit formed Jesus only through her, and he forms the members of the
Mystical Body and dispenses his gifts and his favours through her.

With such a compelling example of the three divine Persons before us, we would be extremely
perverse to ignore her and not consecrate ourselves to her. Indeed we would be blind if we did not see the
need for Mary in approaching God and making our total offering to him.

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141. Here are a few passages from the Fathers of the Church which I have chosen to prove what I have
just said: “Mary has two sons, the one a God-man, the other, mere man. She is Mother of the first corporally
and of the second spiritually” (St. Bonaventure and Origen).

“This is the will of God who willed that we should have all things through Mary. If then, we possess
any hope or grace or gift of salvation, let us acknowledge that it comes to us through her” (St. Bernard).

“All the gifts, graces, virtues of the Holy Spirit are distributed by the hands of Mary, to whom she
wills, when she wills, as she wills, and in the measure she wills” (St. Bernardine).

“As you were not worthy that anything divine should be given to you, all graces were given to Mary
so that you might receive through her all graces you would not otherwise receive” (St. Bernard).

142. St. Bernard tells us that God, seeing that we are unworthy to receive his graces directly from him,
gives them to Mary so that we might receive from her all that he decides to give us. His glory is achieved
when he receives through Mary the gratitude, respect and love we owe him in return for his gifts to us. It is
only right then that we should imitate his conduct, “in order”, as St. Bernard again says, “that grace might
return to its author by the same channel through which it came to us”.

This is what we do by this devotion. We offer and consecrate all we are and all we possess to the
Blessed Virgin in order that our Lord may receive through her as intermediary the glory and gratitude that
we owe to him. We deem ourselves unworthy and unfit to approach his infinite majesty on our own, and so
we avail ourselves of Mary’s intercession.

143. Moreover, this devotion is an expression of great humility, a virtue which God loves above all
others. A person who exalts himself debases God, and a person who humbles himself exalts God. “God
opposes the proud, but gives his graces to the humble.” If you humble yourself, convinced that you are
unworthy to appear before him, or even to approach him, he condescends to come down to you. He is
pleased to be with you and exalts you in spite of yourself. But, on the other hand, if you venture to go
towards God blindly without a mediator, he vanishes and is nowhere to be found. How dearly he loves the
humble of heart! It is to such humility that this devotion leads us, for it teaches us never to go alone directly
to our Lord, however gentle and merciful though he may be, but always to use Mary’s power of intercession,
whether we want to enter his presence, speak to him, be near him, offer him something, seek union with him
or consecrate ourselves to him.

A taste of Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:

“Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Bring me face to face with the love in the Heart of Jesus Crucified”.

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