What is Marian Consecration?
In simplest terms, Marian consecration is giving ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her son, Jesus Christ. St Louis De Monfort described total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “the surest, easiest, and most perfect means” to becoming a saint.
Why 33 Days to Morning Glory?
Since St Louis De Monfort’s book “True Devotion to Mary”, Marian Consecration has been updated and modified over the past number of years. In the past this book contained many prayers and litanies which some people may find overwhelming. In Fr. Michael Gaitely’s book “33 days to Morning Glory” he claims that “ This version actually has more prayer, but it involves heart-pondering prayer that reflects upon the various teachings of Marian consecration and how to incorporate them into daily life.” Included in this are the contemporary Marian saints who Fr. Gaitely feels “have most dramatically added to the beauty and richness of consecration spiritually”. These include St. Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Louis De Monfort.
Every week of this retreat Fr. Gaitely talks about how one of four the giants of Marian Consecration lived out his or her consecration to Jesus through Mary. Not only will we be reading about them and their teachings on their consecration but also pondering their message in our hearts.
When is the best time to start the Retreat?
Below is a table which shows the recommended days to begin your consecration. It is suggested to start on one of the recommended so that you will finish your consecration on one of the Marian Feast days.
|Start of the 33 Days
||Our Lady of Lourdes
|February 10th *
||Our Lady of Fatima
||Saturday after Corpus Christ
||Our Lady of Mount Carmel
||Queenship of Mary
||Nativity of Mary
||Holy Name of Mary
||Our Lady of Sorrows
||Our Lady of the Rosary
||Presentation of Mary
||Our Lady of Guadalupe
||Mother of God
||Presentation of the Lord
What happens if I miss a day?
Do not get discouraged! Despite our good intentions, we may miss a day or two. Do not quit! Read the text for the days that we have missed as soon as you can. It is important to do this as every day’s teaching builds onto the nest day and all parts converge at the end of the retreat.
What happens when I am finished Week 4?
Five days remain after the fourth week. The first four of these days are dedicated to reviewing each of the weeks. The fifth day (Day 33) is reserved for reviewing the Consecration prayer which will be recited the following day (The 34th Day – the Marian Feast Day).
I, ___________________________ , 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.
After we have been consecrated it is important that we do not forget about the journey we have been on. Renewal, Attitude and Devotion will help us to live out our consecration to the full. It is recommended to renew our consecration at least once a year on the same day, though it is encouraged to renew it more frequently.