The basic premise of a consecration to Jesus through Mary is that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that we can be closest to Jesus through her.
Join Us for Marian Consecration - April 28th through May 31st
If you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, please join us for daily prayers and readings from Father James’ Marian Consecration booklet titled, “In the Shade of Holiness
”. It is available at the back of church and here In The Shade of Holiness by Reverend James F. Wallace
As Father James discusses “In the Shade of Holiness”, “What precisely does it mean to consecrate? What exactly happens when someone or something is consecrated? We speak of consecrating ourselves because we want to set ourselves apart. We want our lives, and every part of our lives, to produce something greater, just like the Gettysburg cemetery produced holiness for people and society, as well as a patriotic awareness. We are fused with God's grace, and goodness is produced through us… When a person is consecrated to Mary—or to put it more accurately, to Jesus through Mary—the person's whole life becomes a source of grace. Just as we described, every moment and aspect of his or her life is an entry point for holiness…By uniting ourselves to Mary, we are turning over everything explicitly to her, and she will then turn everything over to God. We can live our lives more relaxed, for Mary will ensure everything is an open channel for God's grace.”
We hope you will consider doing this beautiful spiritual exercise, even if you have done this in years past. Please join us May 5th @ 3:30-4:30pm in the church for our last 3Cs in Christ session as Father James discusses Marian Consecration. Please join us for an optional pubic consecration session with Father James on May 31st. There will be one morning and evening session. All are welcome.
One may also begin a consecration with the Immaculata Consecration prayer and renew it each day or as needed with the brief version; both are below.
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and Earth, refuge of sinner and most Loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy on to you. I, [your name], a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your posseession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all the heresies in the world."
Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the Blessed Kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against your enemies.
Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you for this day and for always, so that you might use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end I offer you all my prayers, actions and sacrifices of this day.