Holy Mary, Mother of God

What a very special and full day today! The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the First Saturday of the month, the World Day of Peace, New Year’s Day, and Consecration Day for Paul of Harbour Star Reflections! May we all say a prayer for Paul today, and also in gratitude for his consecration.

Here is a lovely hymn that is printed in the Magnificat publication for today:

O Mother of almighty God,
Forever blest in all your ways,
Give us your own tranquility,
And strength and comfort all our days.

You are a strong and lovely tree,
The fruit of which is purest gold,
Whose branches spread to shelter us,
Whose quiet leaves all peace enfold.

Pray for us now and when we die,
That we may live and ever praise
The Father, Son and Spirit blest
In endless light and timeless days.

 

Yes, her “quiet leaves all peace enfold”.

Your Consecration Day


For those of you who are making your consecration to Mary today on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, or renewing your consecration of one year ago or more, I wish you a blessed and peaceful day in the company of our Mother.

 

Prayer of Self-Commendation to Mary

O holy Mary, my Lady, into your blessed trust and safe keeping and into the depths of your mercy I commend my soul and body this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death. To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life. By your most holy intercession and by your merits, may all my actions be directed and disposed according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son.

[Saint Aloysius Gonzaga]

A Consecration Prayer

For those of you who are making your Consecration to Mary tomorrow, on the Feast of the Annunciation, or renewing your consecration of one year ago or more, I wish you a blessed and peaceful day in the company of our Mother.  I offer up a prayer now that all the external circumstances will come to pass that you are desiring/imagining/preparing the details of in your mind for a beautiful consecration or consecration renewal day.  But we all know the pace of life, the unforeseen events, the “best laid plans of mice and men”.  So be at peace, wherever you may find yourself, with whatever circumstances may arise to change the ideal situation you have been planning.  In our humanity, we receive comfort from our external surroundings, and joy from a beautiful, calm, peaceful environment for special occasions such as this.  But Mary receives comfort from the interior workings of our hearts, joy in our interior environment.  She desires all that is beautiful for us, but understands that “perfect” settings are not always possible.  Be at peace, knowing that we can be in the company of Mary anywhere, all day, every day, forever.

Prayer of Offering to Mary (by St. Francis de Sales)

Most Holy Mary,
Virgin Mother of God,
I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me
and longing to serve you,
I choose you this day
to be my Queen, my Advocate, and my Mother.
I firmly resolve ever to be devoted to you
and to do what I can
to encourage others to be devoted to you.

My loving Mother,
through the Precious Blood of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me as your servant forever.
Aid me in my actions
and beg for me the grace
never by thought, word, or deed,
to be displeasing in your sight
and that of your most holy Son.
Remember me, dearest Mother,
and do not abandon me at the hour of death.

Roses For You


Some of you may have extended your preparation time in order to make your Consecration today, the day we are actually celebrating the Feast of the Annunciation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you; may you have a beautiful and blessed day.

I have recently read about the traditional meaning of the different colours of  roses as pertains to Mary.  White signifies Mary’s purity; red represents her sorrow, the Blood of Christ and also martyrdom.  Gold or yellow signifies Mary’s glory, while red and white combined represents the Visitation. 

Your Consecration Day


On this long-awaited day, some words of experience, inspiration and encouragement from Catherine Doherty, from the chapter entitled, ‘Total Consecration’, in “Bogoroditza. She Who Gave Birth to God” :

“On the Feast of Our Lady’s Purification, February 2, 1951, I finished a long journey.  Or perhaps I should say that I completed the first stage of it.  I cannot tell for sure.  Time alone will give the answer. My journey ended at the feet of Our Lady’s altar, in the church of the Sacred Heart in Ottawa, Canada, where my husband, Eddie Doherty, and I consecrated ourselves to her, according to the True Devotion of St. Louis Marie de Montfort.  On that day we handed over to her all of ourselves, our earthly goods, our spiritual merits and good works, for her to do with as she pleased, from then until our deaths.  We became totally hers that lovely day…” [pg. 39]

“…Eddie and I made the three-week preparation which has been prescribed for those wishing to make the de Montfort consecration.  We completed it on the feast of her Purification, a feast which now is celebrated as the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  We consecrated ourselves to her entirely and forever.  The long journey was ended.  Or had it only begun?” [pg. 42]

“…she will arise and, taking you by the hand, lead you into the inner chamber of her Immaculate Heart, where all the words of her Son are still kept, as fresh and alive as when he spoke them….The next will be her leading you through another door to her Spouse the Holy Spirit, the Crimson Dove.  Gently she will lift you up into his blinding light.  Then, if you lie still in her arms, as her small divine Son once did, you will begin to see life with the eyes of God.  And all things will come together for you and make marvelous and holy sense, and you will lose all fears, for you will enter onto the first step of perfect love that ‘casts out all fear.’ ” [pgs. 45-46]

May you have a beautiful and blessed Consecration Day, my friends.

♥  ♥  ♥

Resources for Consecration Day

St. Louis de Montfort (True Devotion to Mary) Consecration Day Resources:

“At the end of the three weeks,” says St. Louis de Montfort, “they shall go to confession and to Communion, with the intention of giving themselves to Jesus Christ in the quality of slaves of love, by the hands of Mary.  After Communion, which they should try to make according to the method given, they should recite the formula of their consecration. They ought to write it, or have it written, unless they have a printed copy of it (graciously provided by “fish eaters”, now in my sidebar; the document takes a few minutes to download); and they should sign it the same day they have made it.  It would be well also that on that day they should pay some tribute to Jesus Christ and our Blessed Lady, either as a penance for their past unfaithfulness to the vows of their Baptism or as a testimony of their dependence on the dominion of Jesus and Mary.  This tribute ought to be according to the devotion and ability of everyone, such as a fast, a mortification, an alms or a candle.  If they had but a pin to give in homage, yet gave it with good heart, it would be enough for Jesus, who looks only at one’s good will.  Once a year at least, on the same day, they should renew the same consecration, observing the same practices during the three weeks.  They might also once a month, or even once a day, renew all they have done, in these few words:  I am all Thine and all that I have belongs to Thee, O my sweet Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother.” [True Devotion to Mary:  pg. 196] 

“Where two or three are gathered”: St. Louis de Montfort Consecration to Mary daily podcast, courtesy of Jennifer and Greg Willits of Rosary Army.  May God continue to bless them in their apostolates.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary Consecration Day Resources:

A brief reflection:

“Charity of the heart is living in sacrifice as requested by Our Lord, a sacrifice that is nurtured by prayer and self giving, by suffering and joy, by purity of heart and simplicity.  It is given and not created, for it is a pure gift of God.  The gift of charity is received in faith and is to be shared in humility.  It is shared in humility to be received again, more precious than before, in joy.” [pg. iv]

“This plan of Our Lady is simple yet intense – like our YES.  Our simple but intense YES given through our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, allows us to be put in her service as an apostle for her Triumph.  A YES which is ready to accept the joys as well as the sorrows.  There are many who speak often in “her name”, yet their own name remains on their lips.  We must speak with “her words” – she must be allowed to speak through us!  For this reason, to become an apostle for the Triumph, no title is needed, no curriculum vitae, no special relationship with any visionary, nor the quantity of books written or read, or talks given.  The only request is to become her child, to give witness on every occasion, every time and everywhere, and to have the courage to have no agenda – she will do everything.” [pgs. iv-v]

Consecration Day Prayer and Signature Page (this can be highlighted and printed if you do not have the booklet).

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