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! From the Author, My Daily Bread: A Reason2bCatholic blog
The Queenship of Mary invites us to love Christ by loving and serving his Mother.”
Magnificat, Aug 22, 2020
Prayer of Consecration
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 eternal rest.
Mary, ever-virgin, most Holy and Immaculate Mother, help me to accept God’s will in all things. Guide:
Mary Immaculate, give me:
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
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
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.