Marian Consecration

Join Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Adults Ministry in a consecration to Jesus through Mary on Nov. 5 through Dec. 8. Want to grow your faith life this fall? Keep reading to learn more…

What is Marian Consecration?
How do I make a Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
When is our Marian Consecration?
I’m busy… do I have to come to meetings?
Who can participate?
Where can I buy a copy of the book?
Where do I sign up?

What is Marian Consecration?

The process of Total Consecration to Mary was introduced by Saint Louis de Montfort in the early part of the 18th century. The heart of Montfort’s classic work True Devotion to Mary is a formal act of consecration to Mary, so through her, one can be consecrated to Christ.He proposed to the faithful consecration to Jesus through Mary, as an effective way of living out their baptismal commitment.”

For Montfort the goal of consecration is “holiness”: the renewal of the baptismal promise and continued search for unity with God. (source)

And one more quote, as a clarification:

It should be expressed in a correct liturgical manner: to the Father, through Christ in the Holy Spirit, imploring the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom we entrust ourselves completely, so as to keep our baptismal commitments and live as her children. (source)

To read more, visit the Vatican’s Directory on Popular Piety (see #204).

How do I make a Consecration to Jesus through Mary?

There are many Marian Consecration books available. The one we’ll be using is called “33 Days to Morning Glory. Here’s a quote from the authors:

33 Days to Morning Glory is an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael Gaitley. It can be done simply by reading 2 pages a day of the book, or in a retreat format: reading daily and meeting weekly for DVD teaching by Fr. Gaitley and group discussion.

The book takes you to the heart of Jesus through Mary by learning about four spiritual giants: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Pope St. John Paul II.
Fr. Gaitley masterfully summarizes the teachings of these 4 saints, making it easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. He weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless the busiest of people.

Practically speaking, here’s how you make a Consecration: read the suggested readings and pray the suggested prayers for each of the 33 days (usually only 1 page long), and try to live out the virtues you’re learning about from the readings.

At the end of the preparation period, pray the Consecration prayer on the Marian feast day you’ve chosen (in our case, we’ve chosen the Immaculate Conception). That’s it! Through these readings, prayers, God’s grace, and by opening your heart, you can grow deeper in holiness and faith.

When is our Marian Consecration?

Our consecration will run from Nov. 5 through Dec. 8 (ending on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception), but you may pray on your own at any time, usually ending on one of the Marian feast days.

 

I’m busy… do I have to come to meetings?

This consecration can be done entirely from the convenience of your home… or your phone! Best of all, you can dig a little deeper by watching weekly videos at Formed.org.

Just create your own account and use parish code 6f284c for access to a full library of Catholic videos, movies, books, and programs. Once you’re logged in, click here to view the Marian Consecration videos.

Who can participate?

Anyone! While Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Young Adult Ministry invites all Catholics to pray with them! Bring a friend!

Where can I buy a copy of this book?

First, Anna has 9 copies; contact her to see if there are any available for you to buy (for about $3). Otherwise, check out these resources:

You can also purchase the book online through these links:

Sign up here:

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