Mary | Prayer of Consecration

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Many saints through the ages have had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and consecrated their lives to Jesus through Mary; most recent and notable: Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II, to name a few. In Catholic teachings, consecration to Mary does not diminish or substitute the love of God, but enhances it, for all consecration is ultimately made to God.

Throughout his pontificate Pope John Paul II taught us that such a devotion to Mary, in an act of Marian consecration, is to entrust all of one's being through, with, and in the Virgin Mother. His episcopal motto, Totus Tuus, from the Latin meaning "all yours," is the example of giving oneself to Jesus totally, wholeheartedly, and unreservedly through, with, and in his mother whose lifeblood he shared with her; and through the Paschal Mystery, in this Mystery of Faith - the Eucharist - he shares with the whole human race.

For the Reason2bCatholic Prayer of Consecration, to Jesus through Mary, on this Feast of the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, please see below.

Peace be with you!

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The Queenship of Mary invites us to love Christ by loving and serving his Mother.”

Magnificat, Aug 22, 2020

Prayer of Consecration

by Reason2bCatholic

I, [Your Name], a most sorrowful and repentant sinner, consecrate myself to you, Mary – Mother of Mercy, Seat of Wisdom, Undoer of Knots in my life – entrusting all that I am, and all who God wills me to be, to your loving and motherly care.

I renew today in your hands my baptismal vows. I renounce Satan and reject all his empty promises, and I resolve to follow Jesus each day, today even more closely than before.

I submit myself to you, Mary, and with complete confidence abandon myself into your immaculate heart. Help me to be still and know God. Help me to avoid sin, and the nearness and occasion of sin. Cast away the demons that torment me. Help me to discern and follow what is true, good, and beautiful. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus: plunge me into the Ocean of Mercy – the merciful heart of your son Jesus Christ – that I may go in haste to meet Him and make a good confession to a priest, in persona Christi.

I give you my heart, Mary. Set it ablaze with the fire of your love for Jesus. Give me your immaculate heart, Mary, that I may love your son with the love of his mother’s heart. I give you my mind, body, and soul. Perfect in each, to the glory of God, and make me a man fully alive.

Prepare me this day for battle against the wiles of the Evil One; conform me to yield to God’s majesty, and put on the armor of God to serve as a soldier for Christ in the Militia Immaculata.

Intercede to make me a great saint, Mary:

Place in my heart an attitude of devotion, like Saint Louis de Montfort.
Place in my heart an attitude of trust, like Saint Maximilian Kolbe.
Place in my heart an attitude of humility and humble obedience, like Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Place in my heart an attitude of mercy – to receive and to give – like Saint John Paul II.

Mary, I place myself in your hands and under your watchful care. I submit to you:

my life,
my work,
my family,
my marriage,
my future,
my sanctity,
my eternal rest.

Mary, ever-virgin, most Holy and Immaculate Mother, help me to accept God’s will in all things. Guide:

my thoughts,
my actions,
my choices,
my decisions,
my outcomes.

Mary Immaculate, give me:

your trust,
your fidelity,
your humility,
your patience in all things.

Come, Holy Spirit, fashion me to be a fit instrument in the hands of Mary Immaculate, that God’s will be done in my life, in the lives of my family, and throughout the whole world.

Mary, Queen of Heaven, Queen of Angels and Saints, help me to grow in faith, hope, and love of Jesus; and with you, in you, and through you, wash me in the blood and water that flow from his pierced side; and help me, by daily devotion to prayer of the Mysteries of the Rosary, never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.

I am totally yours, Mary. I consecrate myself to you. With interior dependence on you, I renew myself and wholly and unconditionally devote myself to you again this day; and I entrust to you:

my joys and sorrows,
my health and sickness,
my work and rest,
my days and nights,
my virtues and vices,
my blessings and sufferings,
my life and death.

Mary, in union with your most holy and immaculate spouse, the Holy Spirit, let it be done to me according to God’s will. I am a lowly servant of the Handmaiden of the Lord. In service to you, please make of me – of all that I am and have – what most pleases you. Help me decrease so that He may increase.

With you, O Immaculate Mother – you who always do the will of God – I unite myself to Jesus through Mary.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.

Feast of the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary
August 22, 2020

Coronation of the Virgin, by Diego Velázquez
For more about Marian Consecration, in the mode of St. Louis de Montfort's classic book on Marian consecration, True Devotion to Mary, please explore 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration, https://www.shopmercy.org/33-days-to-morning-glory.html, by Father Michael Gaitley, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA, https://www.marian.org.

As stated on their website, "Through this initiative, more than a million people have consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary, the crowning of Marian devotion."

[Mary] has a right to be loved as Queen of all hearts so that through her, hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart, and so worthy of union with God.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

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O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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Articles of Faith | Mary, Queen of Heaven

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Coronation of the Virgin, Diego_Velazquez, Prado Museum, Madrid.

The Queenship of Mary invites us to love Christ by loving and serving his Mother.”

Magnificat, Aug 22, 2020

Feast of the Memorial of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

by Reason2bCatholic

Each year on August 22nd the Catholic Church celebrates a memorial feast recognizing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. As the earliest centuries of Apostolic tradition recognized and handed down to the Christian faithful, up to present day:  “The Blessed Virgin Mary has been crowned Queen in virtue of the Lord Jesus Christ, her Son, who is the King of the universe. In heaven as on earth, she points the way not to her own glory but to his, with which she has been robed and which she seeks only to reflect” (Magnificat, Aug 22, 2020).

The idea of Queen Mother may be foreign to American or Anglo-European sensibilities, since it was common in European ages to recognize the wife of a ruling king as his queen. Yet, we must remember that in ancient Middle Eastern cultures it was commonplace for tribal rulers to have many wives. Therefore, the queen would not be one of the king’s spouses but, rather, the king’s mother. To do otherwise would present quite the king’s challenge among the many wives vying for such a crown. For evidence we need not look any further than Old Testament books.

Many saints through the ages have had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother, most recent and notable: Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II, to name a few. Pope John Paul II’s episcopal motto, in fact, was, Totus Tuus, from the Latin meaning all yours. According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae he borrowed the motto from the Marian consecrating prayer found in the book True Devotion to Mary by Louis de Montfort, to express his personal Consecration to Mary based on the spiritual approach of de Montfort and the Mariology in his works. The pontiff explained the meaning further in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope where he defines it as not only an expression of piety but also of devotion that is deeply rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity (source: Wikipedia).

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In Catholic teaching consecration to Mary does not diminish or substitute the love of God, but enhances it, for all consecration is ultimately made to God (source: Trigilio, John and Brighenti, Kenneth, The Catholicism Answer Book, 2007, p. 325). As our good friends at Magnificat Magazine note:  “Thus, today’s feast reminds us that we can turn to Mary in every need, counting on her intercession and mediation.”

For the Reason2bCatholic Marian Prayer of Consecration, click here.

Peace be with you!

[Mary] has a right to be loved as Queen of all hearts so that through her, hearts would be cleansed and themselves become immaculate, similar and like unto her own heart, and so worthy of union with God.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe
Madonna of the Magnificat by Sandro Botticelli
Madonna of the Magnificat by Sandro Botticelli

Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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Articles of Faith | Feast of The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

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The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God is celebrated on January 1st, the final day of the Christmas octave and a Holy Day of Obligation. The origin of this feast goes back to the 7th century in the Latin Church and honors Mary as the mother of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. The 8th day was also when Joseph and Mary brought Christ to be circumcised in the temple, and when he was given the name ‘Jesus’ which means ‘God Saves’. This feast fits well with the beginning of the New Year so that we may consecrate our year to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of all Christians.
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Today’s solemnity honors our Lady for the central mystery of her life: to be the Mother of Jesus, who is God. Like the spokes of a wheel, her other unique graces all extend from her fundamental identity as the Mother of God. Her Immaculate Conception prepared her to be a worthy Mother; her perpetual virginity preserves her total consecration as the “Vessel of honor” and “Ark of the Covenant,” as her litany says; her Assumption into heaven was the fitting consequence of having borne the Child who triumphed over sin and death. We rejoice that Mary desires to be a mother to each of us, forming us as the unique images of her Son we are called to be. Whenever we ask, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,” we can be confident she will hear and answer us.”

Magnificat Magazine

The Mother of God is our mother.

Saint Anselm
Carlo Maratta, The Holy Night (The Nativity)

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.”

Hail Mary prayer (Ave Maria)

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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My Daily Bread | The Octave Day of Christmas

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the octave day of christmas

(Year C)

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 18

Reading I

The LORD said to Moses:  
“Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:  
This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:  
The LORD bless you and keep you!  
The LORD let his face shine upon      
you, and be gracious to you!  
The LORD look upon you kindly and      
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,  
and I will bless them.”

Responsorial Psalm

R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!
R. May God bless us in his mercy.

Reading II

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,  
born of a woman, born under the law,  
to ransom those under the law,  
so that we might receive adoption as sons.
As proof that you are sons,  
God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,  
crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a son,  
and if a son then also an heir, through God.

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,  
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,  
they made known the message  
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed  
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,  
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,  
glorifying and praising God  
for all they had heard and seen,  
just as it had been told to them.  

When eight days were completed for his circumcision,  
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel  
before he was conceived in the womb.

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"Mother of God, Mother of Man - Saturday The Solemnity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary" from Letters From Home by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Released: 2022. Genre: Podcast.


Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

 

prayer

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family, we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united in a love that is lasting, faithful, and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, to forgive one another from our hearts, and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer, diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family, truly become a domestic church where we reflect your example in our daily life.

Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!

An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.

 

Holy Family, pray for us.

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
 
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My Daily Bread | Monday of the 4th Week of Advent

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monday of the fourth week of advent

(Year C)

…Give us this day our daily bread.”

cf. Gospel of Luke 11:3

daily mass readings

Lectionary: 196

Reading I

The LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God;
    let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
    “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” 
Then Isaiah said:
    Listen, O house of David! 
Is it not enough for you to weary men,
    must you also weary my God? 
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
    the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and shall name him Emmanuel.

Responsorial Psalm

R.    (see 7c and 10b) Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
The LORD’s are the earth and its fullness;
    the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.
R.    Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
    or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
    who desires not what is vain.
R.    Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
    a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
    that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R.    Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

Alleluia

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

In the sixth month,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Saint Jerome

daily bible reflection

"The Prophecy of the Virgin Birth - Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent" from Letters From Home by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Released: 2021. Genre: Podcast.


Audio reflection on the daily Mass readings from the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Letters from Home: Daily Bible Reflections.

 

prayer

Let us pray.

Consecration to the Holy Family

Holy Family, we consecrate ourselves and our family to you.

May we be completely united in a love that is lasting, faithful, and open to the gift of new life.

Help us to grow in virtue, to forgive one another from our hearts, and to live in peace all our days.

Keep us strong in faith, persevering in prayer, diligent in our work, and generous toward those in need.

May our home, O Holy Family, truly become a domestic church where we reflect your example in our daily life.

Amen.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!

An excerpt of a prayer composed by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of Columbus.

 

Holy Family, pray for us.

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)
 
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