DAY 34: Day of Consecration for God Alone – With, In and Through Mary!

Day 34
Day of Consecration

On the day of consecration, either fast, give alms, or offer a votive candle for the good of another (or all of the
above); do some spiritual penance and approach consecration in the spirit of mortification.

Now go to Confession (or, if that is not possible, go during the 8 days prior) and then receive Communion with the
intention of giving yourself to Jesus, as a slave of love, by the hands of Mary. Try to receive Communion per the
method found here below:




SUPPLEMENT
THIS DEVOTION AT HOLY COMMUNION

Before Holy Communion
266. 1) Place yourself humbly in the presence of God.

2) Renounce your corrupt nature and dispositions, no matter how good self-love makes them appear
to you.

3) Renew your consecration saying, “I belong entirely to you, dear Mother, and all that I have is
yours.”

4) Implore Mary to lend you her heart so that you may receive her Son with her dispositions.
Remind her that her Son’s glory requires that he should not come into a heart so sullied and fickle as your
own, which could not fail to diminish his glory and might cause him to leave. Tell her that if she will take
up her abode in you to receive her Son – which she can do because of the sovereignty she has over all hearts
– he will be received by her in a perfect manner without danger of being affronted or being forced to depart.
“God is in the midst of her. She shall not be moved.”

Tell her with confidence that all you have given her of your possessions is little enough to honour
her, but that in Holy Communion you wish to give her the same gifts as the eternal Father gave her. Thus
she will feel more honoured than if you gave her all the wealth in the world. Tell her, finally, that Jesus,
whose love for her is unique, still wishes to take his delight and his repose in her even in your soul, even
though it is poorer and less clean than the stable which he readily entered because she was there. Beg her to
lend you her heart, saying, “O Mary, I take you for my all; give me your heart.”

During Holy Communion

267. After the Our Father, when you are about to receive our Lord, say to him three times the prayer,
“Lord, I am not worthy.” Say it the first time as if you were telling the eternal Father that because of your
evil thoughts and your ingratitude to such a good Father, you are unworthy to receive his only-begotten Son,
but that here is Mary, his handmaid, who acts for you and whose presence gives you a special confidence
and hope in him.

268. Say to God the Son, “Lord, I am not worthy”, meaning that you are not worthy to receive him
because of your useless and evil words and your carelessness in his service, but nevertheless you ask him to
have pity on you because you are going to usher him into the house of his Mother and yours, and you will
not let him go until he has made it his home. Implore him to rise and come to the place of his repose and the
ark of his sanctification. Tell him that you have no faith in your own merits, strength and preparedness, like
Esau, but only in Mary, your Mother, just as Jacob had trust in Rebecca his mother. Tell him that although
you are a great sinner you still presume to approach him, supported by his holy Mother and adorned with
her merits and virtues.

269. Say to the Holy Spirit, “Lord, I am not worthy”. Tell him that you are not worthy to receive the
masterpiece of his love because of your lukewarmness, wickedness and resistance to his inspirations. But,
nonetheless, you put all your confidence in Mary, his faithful Spouse, and say with St. Bernard, “She is my
greatest safeguard, the whole foundation of my hope.” Beg him to overshadow Mary, his inseparable
Spouse, once again. Her womb is as pure and her heart as ardent as ever. Tell him that if he does not enter
your soul neither Jesus nor Mary will be formed there nor will it be a worthy dwelling for them.

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After Holy Communion

270. After Holy Communion, close your eyes and recollect yourself. Then usher Jesus into the heart of
Mary: you are giving him to his Mother who will receive him with great love and give him the place of
honour, adore him profoundly, show him perfect love, embrace him intimately in spirit and in truth, and
perform many offices for him of which we, in our ignorance, would know nothing.

271. Or, maintain a profoundly humble heart in the presence of Jesus dwelling in Mary. Or be in
attendance like a slave at the gate of the royal palace, where the King is speaking with the Queen. While
they are talking to each other, with no need of you, go in spirit to heaven and to the whole world, and call
upon all creatures to thank, adore and love Jesus and Mary for you. “Come, let us adore.”

272. Or, ask Jesus living in Mary that his kingdom may come upon earth through his holy Mother. Ask
for divine Wisdom, divine love, the forgiveness of your sins, or any other grace, but always through Mary
and in Mary. Cast a look of reproach upon yourself and say, “Lord, do not look at my sins, let your eyes see
nothing in me but the virtues and merits of Mary.” Remembering your sins, you may add, “I am my own
worst enemy and I am guilty of all these sins.” Or, “Deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.” Or
again, “Dear Jesus, you must increase in my soul and I must decrease.” “Mary, you must increase in me and
I must always go on decreasing.” “O Jesus and Mary, increase in me and increase in others around me.”

273. There are innumerable other thoughts with which the Holy Spirit will inspire you, which he will
make yours if you are thoroughly recollected and mortified, and constantly faithful to the great and sublime
devotion which I have been teaching you. But remember, the more you let Mary act in your Communion the
more Jesus will be glorified. The more you humble yourself and listen to Jesus and Mary in peace and
silence – with no desire to see, taste or feel – then the more freedom you will give to Mary to act in Jesus’
name and the more Jesus will act in Mary. For the just man lives everywhere by faith, but especially in Holy
Communion, which is an action of faith.


Now pray the words of the consecration. Copy them and have them with you at church, read them after the Mass
(in front of the tabernacle would be nice), and sign your copy of the Act of Consecration.



The words of consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort are:
O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of
the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father
during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine
incarnation.

I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from
the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary,
Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and
faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have
not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in
me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and
august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou
hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my
sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden
and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is
subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I
have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to
thee.

I, N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever
Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross
after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all
the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy
slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past,
present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without
exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection
which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over
this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I
wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee,
by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for
that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest
as thy children and thy slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus
Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth
and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

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Sign your name here.

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Date 



***Or you may wish to use Fr. Gaitley’s consecration prayer instead or create your own
Fr. Gaitley’s Consecration prayer


Consecration Day
I, (your name), a repentant sinner,
renew and ratify today in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of
my baptism. I renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even
more closely than before.
Mary, I give you my heart. Please set
it on fire with love for Jesus. Make it always attentive to his burning
thirst for love and for souls. Keep my heart in your most pure heart
that I may love Jesus  and the members of his body with your own perfect
love.
Mary, I entrust myself totally to you:
my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the
value of all my good actions. Please make of me, of all that I am and
have, whatever most pleases you. Let me be a fit instrument in your
immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory
to God. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus. Wash me in the blood
and water that flow from his pierced side, and help me never to lose my
trust in this fountain of love and mercy.
With you, O Immaculate Mother,-you who
always do the will of God-I unite myself to the perfect consecration of
Jesus as he offers himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of
the world. Amen
.

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or Use St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Consecration formula/ prayer: 
 St. Maximilian had no set formula or stipulations on how to make our Total consecration. As he states in the letter above, simply saying “Mary” can be an act of consecration…
But, here are some ideas to utilize today, if you able:

***If you’d like to become a member of the worldwide Militia Immaculata that St. Maximilian Kolbe began, you enroll online at missionimmaculata.com


On Our Consecration Day:

  • Recite the official act of
    consecration
    composed by St. Maximilian and give yourself
    wholeheartedly to Our Lady so as to let the Holy Spirit guide you on the
    path to holiness with her! 
  • Gain A PLENARY INDULGENCE – the complete remission of
    temporal punishment in purgatory due to sin.
    (This special grace was bestowed by Pope Pius XI in 1926 upon joining the MI):

    To receive the indulgence, you must:

    1. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the consecration day or within the eight days before (or after).
    2. Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion
    3. Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of the Holy Father, and 
    4. Renounce all attachment to sin, even venial sin, on your enrollment date. By renouncing all attachment to sin you will be making an effort to remove all
      obstacles to Our Lady making you her own in the Holy Spirit.
  • Ask Our Lady and St. Maximilian to show you how you can best serve the Lord from this moment on.
  • Enroll in the Militia Immaculata online at: missionimmaculata.com (When clicking on the link above to enroll in the Militia Immaculata, it gives you the option to also enroll as a Knight at the Foot of the Cross. See more information about this apostolate of redemptive suffering at the end of the article.
  • Wear the Miraculous Medal and recite it’s prayer. Hear­ing of the miraculous conversion of the agnostic
    Al­phonse Ratisbonne through the medal, St. Maximil­ian made wearing it
    and giving it away an integral part of his movement. He called the
    Miraculous Medal “a ‘bullet’ with which the faithful soldier hits the
    enemy, that is evil, and thus rescues souls.”
    (Those who join the MI movement receive a com­plimentary medal from the National Center along with a membership certificate).
  • Pray the Rosary faithfully.


THE PRAYERS: 

Daily Miraculous Medal Prayer 

O MARY, conceived without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to you, and for all who do not have re­course to you,
especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to you.


Ml Prayer of Marian Consecration 

(Composed by St. Maximilian Kolbe)
O IMMACULATA, Queen
of Heaven and earth, ref­uge of
sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire
order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at
your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have,
wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me,
of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity,
what­ever most pleases you.  

If it pleases you, use all that I am and
have with­out reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She
will crush your head,”
and “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the
whole world.”
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and
mer­ciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum
in all the many strayed and indif­ferent souls, and thus help extend as
far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Je­sus.
For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth
in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us
from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin
R. Give me strength against your enemies.

***IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONSECRATE YOUR SUFFERING… SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION: 

THE KNIGHTS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS (KFC) is an
outreach within the MI movement, comprised of Catholics afflicted by the
cross of suffering – physical, spiritual or emotional. As MI members,
KFCs consecrate themselves to Mary. As did Mary at the Cross of her Son,
they also participate in “redemptive suffering” (also called
sacrificial or reparational suffering). This means they offer some of
their daily prayers and trials to Jesus and Mary, who apply these gifts
where grace is needed most, such as to convert hearts and save souls, to
make amends for the sins of others, and ultimately to bring about the
reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

KFCs especially offer up their difficulties for the success of the
Ml. They thus become a special core group or vanguard within the
movement. Though often unable to actively evangelize because of
infirmity, nonetheless KFCs generate untold graces as they link their
sufferings with those of Christ. Through the intercession of Mary, they
offer up all to the Father as a “sacrifice of praise.”

Supernaturally, KFCs are perhaps the most important members of the MI – a spiritual powerhouse.

How was the KFC Started?

ENVISIONED EARLlER in the writings of St. Maximilian
Kolbe, the KFC was founded May 31, 1983. On the feast of Mary’s
Visitation, six teenaged and sick Conventual Franciscan friars, all MI
members, decided to make use of their ailments and encourage others to
do the same.

Sensing a good idea, the friars asked, “Why not harvest the immense
reparational potential within the suffering MI community at large?” Thus
a spiritual vanguard was formed: individuals no longer isolated or
frustrated in sickness or agedness, working in solidarity for the
conversion of the entire world. The very first Knight at the Foot of the
Cross was Fr. Simeon Kaczmarek, OFM CONV. Bedridden for two years with
cancer, Father offered his pain and prayers for the KFC cause while it
was still being organized.

Theology of Redemptive Suffering

SACRIFICIAL SUFFERING is a rich Christian
faith expression, modeled after Christ himself It is a partial answer to
the age-old question, “Why does God allow human suffering?”

The Church has always taught that physical pain, mental distress,
even minor annoyances, are not meaningless but are meant to be put to
valuable use. As Jesus used the anguish of his Passion and the agony of
Calvary to accomplish our salvation, so do our sufferings have
supernatural value when joined to His Cross. By willingly accepting our
struggles and presenting them back to God as a “burnt offering” for the
intentions of others, we cooperate with Christ and become real
participators in the mystery of his saving act.

Mary and Maximilian: Models of Reparational Suffering 

Mary Immaculate is a special model of reparational suffering.
Standing at the Cross in interior distress, her soul “pierced by a
sword” (Lk 2:35), she offered all to the Father in a silent, “Thy will
be done.” She invites us, and strengthens us, to do the same through our
MI consecration as a KFC.

St. Maximilian Kolbe also is a model of reparational suffering.
Imprisoned at the Auschwitz death camp, Maximilian “emptied himself” for
the Gospel (Phil 2:7). He shared his meager food and water with fellow
prisoners while tending to their spiritual needs. He persevered in
charity toward his Nazi captors though they singled him out for special
brutalities as a Catholic priest. He willingly endured the torture of
the starvation bunker by taking the place of another prisoner. In this
way, Maximilian became “another Christ,” laying down his life for
another.

According to St. John Paul II, St. Maximilian’s holy example has made
him a sign and a prophet of the new era, the civilization of love.”

Knights at the Foot of the Cross Consecration Prayer

O IMMACULATA, queen of heaven and earth, health of
the sick, and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the
entire order of mercy to you. You stood at the foot of the Cross,
uniting your self with the sufferings of Jesus, and so you became for
all the Church a model of compassion.


I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly
imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself
as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of
soul and body, of my daily sufferings and crosses, of my whole life,
death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.


If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly
to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head, and “You
alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Through my
prayers and sufferings, let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate
and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the
maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help, to
extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart
of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and
growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come
to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus


V. Allow me to praise you, 0 Sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies

 Prayer of KFC Consecration Daily Renewal Prayer


IMMACULATA, Mother of the Church, I renew my
self-consecration to you as a “Knight at the Foot of the Cross.” I
desire to magnify the Lord with you this day in a special way by
offering you my sufferings. Joined with you in faith at the foot of
Christ’s Cross, may I ever be an unselfish instrument for the spread of
the Militia of the Immaculata movement and the growth of the Church.
Amen. 


O MARY conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.

THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL owes its origins to the
apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the chapel of the Rue du Bac,
Paris, in 1830. She appeared to Catherine of Laboiuré, showing the young
nun and future canonized saint the design of a medal that serves as a
mini-catechism of the Church’s teaching on Our Lady.

In a vision, Mary stood on a globe with brilliant light streaming
from her jeweled fingers. “Behold the symbol of graces shed upon those
who ask for them,” she said, representing herself as Mediatrix of All
Graces. Surrounding her a banner read, “O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you,” symbolizing her Immaculate
Conception. The vision reversed, showing the letter “M” entwined with a
cross above the Sacred Hearts. This image rep­resents Mary as
Co-redemptrix, a unique participator in Jesus’ saving act of
redemption.

Millions of medals have been distributed and un­told graces given “to
those who wear it around the neck” as the Virgin promised to St.
Catherine.  

 I compiled much of today’s post from these sources:  
http://missionimmaculata.com/index.php/marian-spirituality-consecration/how-to-make-your-consecration-to-mary
http://missionimmaculata.com/index.php 
http://missionimmaculata.com/images/Documents/St-Maximilian-Kolbe-Novena-Militia-of-the-Immaculata-USA.pdf
https://saintmaximiliankolbe.com/distinctivefeatures/
https://saintmaximiliankolbe.com/faqs/

After Consecration

Consider imitating Pope John Paul II,
who renewed his consecration daily by reciting this portion of the
consecration prayer each day: 

I,
N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the
vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I
give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my
cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him
than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court
I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and
consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both
interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past,
present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of
disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and
in eternity.
 
Once you have consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary, live that consecration. 
St. Louis-Marie de Montfort recommended the following: 

  • Keep praying to develop a “great contempt” for the spirit of this world 
  • Maintain
    a special devotion to the Mystery of the Incarnation (e.g., through
    meditation; spiritual reading; focusing on Feasts centering around the
    Incarnation, such as the Annunciation and the Nativity, etc.) 
  • Frequently recite the Ave, Rosary, and the Magnificat 
  • Recite, every day if it is not inconvenient, the “Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin
    — a series of Paters, Aves, and Glorias — one Ave for each star in
    the Virgin’s Crown. St. Louis has a special way of praying the Little
    Crown, which is recommended.
  • Do everything through, with, in and for Mary for the sake of Jesus, with the prayer, “I am all thine Immaculate One, with all that I have: in time and in eternity” in your heart and on your lips 
  • Associate
    yourself with Mary in a special way before, during, and after Communion
    (see Supplement of the book, “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary”
    above) 
  • Wear
    a little iron chain (around the neck, arm, waist, or ankle) as an
    outward sign and reminder of holy slavery. This practice is optional,
    but very recommended by St. Louis. The appearance of this chain is not
    further specified. 
  • Renew
    the consecration once a year on the same date chosen above, and by
    following the same 33-day period of exercises. If desired, also renew
    the consecration monthly with the prayer, “I am all thine and all I have is thine, O dear Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother.” 
  • Optional: Join the Confraternity of Mary, Queen of All Hearts. 
    Their address:

         Director, Confraternity of Mary Queen of All Hearts
         26 South Saxon Avenue
         Bay Shore, NY 11706

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