Day 34 Day of Consecration

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:


Jesus in Mary! Glory to Mary in Jesus! Glory to God alone!

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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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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