How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary
How to Go About Consecrating Oneself to Mary
Please join us A.D. April 10 2017 C.LF. (Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima) as we begin our 33 Day Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Our Consecration date will be on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima!
Guest Post By: Julia-Anne Therese
Canadian Catechist has been telling me people have been asking him about how to go about doing this consecration. Well, here you go!
Step 1: Choose a Marian feast. Well, we already chose one for the sake of this blog series: Our Lady of Fatima. But if you feel like Mary is calling you to a different day, you can choose another Marian Feast. Some examples are the Annunciation (March 25), Visitation (May 31), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (June 27), Presentation of Mary (November 21), and Immaculate Conception (December 8).
Step 2: This step has multi parts to it.
A. Work 33 days back from that day. For example, for Our Lady of Fatima, your start date will be April 10. Which means you have to complete steps B-D before April 10.
B. Choose the resource you want to use to get the daily Consecration preparation readings from. Here are some examples:
Preparation for Total Consecration: This one, by St. Louis de Montfort, is the classic one that most people use. You have a series of prayers that you say each day and then have other reflections associated with it each day. It is divided into four phases. You can find it here (https://www.amazon.com/Preparation-Total-Consecration-Louis-Montfort/dp/0910984107/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=97AMFYB7DFNPR5GG5P7A). This is the one I used last time and definitely the one I would use again.
33 Days to Morning Glory: This one, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, is another way people have done the consecration. It is divided into five parts and features different Saints. Personally, it is for those who need something easy for the first time to go through it (if you do not have a lot of time). It is very simplified and to the point. I am sure if you want to combine it with St. Louis de Montfort’s it would be fine. If you do this one, it is not that you will not receive as much graces as if you do one of the others, but you may find it “basic” in nature.
You can find it here, or on FORMED.org:
Totus Tuus (McMaster): This is what my mom did when she did the Consecration to Jesus through Mary back for Immaculate Conception. She loved the mix of the fact it was the Consecration with Pope St. John Paul II. It features many of his writings and she appreciated the depth in it that she said 33 Days did not have for her. It would probably be good for those who do not think they can handle the depth of Preparation for Total Consecration but think 33 Days is too simple for them. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Consecration-Through-Blessed/dp/161278643X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497157&sr=1-1&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary
Totus Tuus (Cromly): This is another copy of the Total Consecration book I have. Fr. Cromly, if you do not know who he is, is a member of the Community of St. John and in charge of Eagle Eye Ministries. I had the blessing of having him one time for spiritual direction and also took a week of classes with him back in 2012. If I remember right, he accredited the Total Consecration in the fact that it helped him find his vocation. This also has readings of Pope St. John Paul II and everything is well-arranged. There are also beautiful pictures to help you along the way. If I cannot find my copy of St. Louis de Montfort in time, I am probably using my copy of it this time. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Totus-Tuus-Contemplative-Approach-Consecration-ebook/dp/B01E5T56FK/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484497170&sr=1-14&keywords=consecration+to+jesus+through+mary
Other tools that have the 33 Day Preparation: http://totalconsecration.newevangelizers.com/schedule/%20-%20Audio%20links
http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html they have the 33 Days listed and divided into a four week period. This is the St. Louis de Montfort text.
Marian Consecration Meditations: This one is in Ladaute (the app) and used as a companion to 33 Days to Morning Glory
C. Spend your Lent reading True Devotion of Mary by St. Louis de Montfort. I did not do this the first time I consecrated myself to Jesus through Mary, but I will this time.
D. The weekend before you begin the preparation, I strongly suggest going to the Sacrament of Confession. This will help you have graces to get through the preparation, because I will attest, it can be difficult, and you will face spiritual warfare.
Step 4: On April 10 (or whatever day you start), you go through the 33 days. Try to frequent Communion as much as possible during this time.
Step 5: On the 34th day, you go to Confession, go to Communion, give alms (if you want, in the form of a votive candle is fine) and then write out the Consecration prayer on a piece of paper, signing it and dating it. You can also find the Consecration prayer listed on the Fisheaters website I posted above. Hang it up in a place that you can always remember how you consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary.
By the way, if you would like to join our Facebook group that is doing the 33 Day Consecration on Facebook to help with accountability in doing it, here is the official link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/229778817474760/