Day 18 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 13 of 33:  
Meditate on Scripture: 
Luke 17:1-10

[On Leading Others Astray]
And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they
come. It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he
should scandalize one of these little ones.

[On Brotherly Correction]
Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him. And if he
sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, I repent; forgive
him.

[The Power of Faith]
And the apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith. And the Lord said: If you had faith like to a grain of mustard
seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou transplanted into the sea: and it would
obey you.

[Humble Service]
But which of you having a servant ploughing, or feeding cattle, will say to him, when he is come from the field:
Immediately go, sit down to meat: And will not rather say to him: Make ready my supper, and gird thyself, and
serve me, whilst I eat and drink, and afterwards thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant, for doing the
things which he commanded him? I think not. So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are
commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 47
That All Grievous Things Are to Be Endured For the Sake of Eternal Life

My son, be not wearied out by the labors which thou hast undertaken for My sake, nor let tribulation cast thee
down ever at all; but let My promise strengthen and comfort thee under every circumstance. I am well able to
reward thee, above all measure and degree. Thou shalt not long toil here, nor always be oppressed with griefs.
Wait a little while, and thou shalt see a speedy end of thine evils. 


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 144-156.

3. It obtains many blessings from our Lady

144. The Blessed Virgin, mother of gentleness and mercy, never allows herself to be surpassed in love
and generosity. When she sees someone giving himself entirely to her in order to honour and serve her, and
depriving himself of what he prizes most in order to adorn her, she gives herself completely in a wondrous
manner to him. She engulfs him in the ocean of her graces, adorns him with her merits, supports him with
her power, enlightens him with her light, and fills him with her love. She shares her virtues with him – her
humility, faith, purity, etc. She makes up for his failings and becomes his representative with Jesus. Just as
one who is consecrated belongs entirely to Mary, so Mary belongs entirely to him. We can truthfully say of
this perfect servant and child of Mary what St. John in his gospel says of himself, “He took her for his
own.”

145. This produces in his soul, if he is persevering, a great distrust, contempt, and hatred of self, and a
great confidence in Mary with complete self-abandonment to her. He no longer relies on his own
dispositions, intentions, merits, virtues and good works, since he has sacrificed them completely to Jesus
through his loving Mother. He has now only one treasury, where all his wealth is stored. That treasury is not
within himself: it is Mary. That is why he can now go to our Lord without any servile or scrupulous fear and
pray to him with great confidence. He can also share the sentiments of the devout and learned Abbot Rupert,
who, referring to the victory which Jacob won over an angel, addressed our Lady in these words, “O Mary,
my Queen, Immaculate Mother of the God-man, Jesus Christ, I desire to wrestle with this man, the Divine
Word, armed with your merits and not my own.”

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How much stronger and more powerful are we in approaching our Lord when we are armed with the
merits and prayers of the worthy Mother of God, who, as St. Augustine says, has conquered the Almighty
by her love!

146. Since by this devotion we give to our Lord, through the hands of his holy Mother, all our good
works, she purifies them, making them beautiful and acceptable to her Son.

(1) She purifies them of every taint of self-love and of that unconscious attachment to creatures
which slips unnoticed into our best actions. Her hands have never been known to be idle or uncreative. They
purify everything they touch. As soon as the Blessed Virgin receives our good works, she removes any
blemish or imperfection she may find in them.

147. (2) She enriches our good works by adorning them with her own merits and virtues. It is as if a poor
peasant, wishing to win the friendship and favour of the king, were to go the queen and give her an apple –
his only possession – for her to offer it to the king. The queen, accepting the peasant’s humble gift, puts it on
a beautiful golden dish and presents it to the king on behalf of the peasant. The apple in itself would not be
a gift worthy of a king, but presented by the queen in person on a dish of gold, it becomes fit for any king.

148. (3) Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if
she were our last end, but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her,
we are giving it to Jesus. Whenever we praise and glorify her, she sings today as she did on the day
Elizabeth praised her, “My soul glorifies the Lord.”

149. At Mary’s request, Jesus accepts the gift of our good works, no matter how poor and insignificant
they may be for one who is the King of kings, the Holiest of the holy. When we present anything to Jesus by
ourselves, relying on our own dispositions and efforts, he examines our gift and often rejects it because it is
stained with self-love, just as he once rejected the sacrifices of the Jews because they were imbued with
selfish motives.

But when we present something to him by the pure, virginal hands of his beloved Mother, we take
him by his weak side, in a manner of speaking. He does not consider so much the present itself as the person
who offers it. Thus Mary, who is never slighted by her Son but is always well received, prevails upon him
to accept with pleasure everything she offers him, regardless of its value. Mary has only to present the gift
for Jesus graciously to accept it. This is what St. Bernard strongly recommended to all those he was guiding
along the pathway to perfection. “When you want to offer something to God, to be welcomed by him be
sure to offer it through the worthy Mother of God, if you do not wish to see it rejected.”

150. Does not human nature itself, as we have seen, suggest this mode of procedure to the less important
people of this world with regard to the great? Why should grace not inspire us to do likewise with regard to
God? He is infinitely exalted above us. We are less than atoms in his sight. But we have an advocate so
powerful that she is never refused anything. She is so resourceful that she knows every secret way to win
the heart of God. She is so good and kind that she never passes over anyone no matter how lonely and
sinful.

Further on, I shall relate the story of Jacob and Rebecca which exemplifies the truths I have been
setting before you.

4. It is an excellent means of giving glory to God 
151. This devotion, when faithfully undertaken, is
a perfect means of ensuring that the value of all our good works is being used for the greater glory of God.
Scarcely anyone works for that noble end, in spite of the obligation to do so, either because men do not
know where God’s greatest glory is to be found or because they do not desire it. Now Mary, to whom we
surrender the value and merit of our good actions, knows perfectly well where God’s greatest glory lies and
she works only to promote that glory. The devout servant of our Lady, having entirely consecrated himself
to her as I have described above, can boldly claim that the value of all his actions, words and thoughts is
used for the greatest glory of God, unless he has explicitly retracted his offering. For one who loves God
with a pure and unselfish love and prizes God’s glory and interests far above his own, could anything be
more consoling?

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A taste of Fr. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory if you have time:
Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Keep me in her most pure and Immaculate Heart.”


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