Learn how to consecrate yourself to Mary. There are two methods in use today. One from the 1700’s (I recommend this one) and one from today. Both are discussed below.
How to Consecrate Yourself to Mary
If you choose to read True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort, there is one provided on this site or you can get your own.
You will need a copy of Saint Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Click the above link. There is a download function.
Marian Consecration of Saints Thru the Ages
Below is a shortlist of those in church history that honored the Blessed Mother by Consecration. It may have preceded the earliest date in the list of 667.
- St. Ildephonsus of Toledo (667)
- St. Romanos the Melodist (409-556)
- St. John Damascene (675-749)
- St. Odilio, abbot of Vluny (1040)
- Cardinal (St.) Peter Damian (1076)
- Caesarius Bollandus (1300)
- Cardinal Pierre de Berulle (1575-1629)
- St. John Eudes (1601-1680)
- Fr. Jean-Jacques Olier (1608-1657)
- Fr. Henri-Marie Boudon (1624-1702)
- Fr. Emile Neubert (1878)
This is just a short list as most saints are known to be consecrated to Our Lady.
Here is an article to 5 Saints who consecrated themselves to Mary and also to Mariology of The Saints.
Primary Consecration in Use Today
The primary Consecration in use today in one form or another is the St. Louis de Montfort 33 day consecration preparation. Although some of the older versions (closer to the 1600s) are hard to understand, St. Louis de Montfort is still the standard. A modern version, written by Michael Gaitley, based on the de Montfort writings, does a great job explaining it in current terms. Either method is suitable. It’s what one wants to use; it’s their preference.
I went the de Montfort route. The reason for doing it this way is because it was as original as I could find. I read most of the True Devotion to Mary and understood very little, and I think that was due to the way it is structured. Rereading it, I have noticed that there are things mentioned in the True Devotion that I have experienced. But I don’t endorse either one, although I will show you the de Montfort material I used.
Whatever works best as long as we get close to the Blessed Mother. That is what is essential. She is a super, super Lady, and anytime we are close to her is a significant life event. So that is the goal. To be closer to Our Lady and do as she desires of us.
In order to Consecrate ourselves, we need to preform the following steps. The first step is optional but I think it will help to read it.
Read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary" (optional)
There is a version of True Devotion on This Site. All of the Chapters with their links are listed below.
Choosing a Feast Day
|Marian Feast||Preparation Starts||Preparation Ends||Feast Day|
|Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes||January 9||February 10||February 11|
|The Annunciation||February 20||March 24||March 25|
|Our Lady of Mt. Carmel||June 13||July 15||July 16|
|The Assumption||July 13||August 14||August 15|
|Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary||August 6||September 7||September 8|
|Our Lady of Sorrows||August 13||September 14||September 15|
|Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary||October 19||November 20||November 21|
|Immaculate Conception||November 5||December 7||December 8|
|Our lady of Guadalupe||November 9||December 11||December 12|
Use the table above to determine the days you need to begin the Consecration according to your chosen feast day.
For example, if you decide to use the Marian Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, then the preparation will start on August 13. The preparation will end on September 14, and your consecration will be completed on September 15.
The 33 Days of Preparation
There are over four weeks of daily Devotion, so it pays to be familiar with the readings before you begin.
First 12 Days - First Part of the Consecration
The first part of the Consecration lasts 12 days. It is referred to as the 12 Day Preparation period. Scriptures are read every day, and one should meditate on the readings throughout the day (or at least I did it that way), which is the second part listed. There are also four prayers to be recited on each day of the preparation period. They are the Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, the Magnificat, and the Glory Be. These prayers apply to the first 12 days only.
The first week of the Devotion comes next and lasts one week (seven days). It explores the Knowledge of Yourself. There are scripture readings and meditation associated with the first week also. Note the prayers at the end. The Prayer titles are Litany of the Holy Ghost, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto), and the Ave Maris Stella. These prayers apply to the first-week period only.
The second week of the Devotion is next and lasts one week (seven days). It explores the Knowledge of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The prayers at the end are Litany of the Holy Ghost, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto), Ave Maris Stella, St. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary, The Rosary for the Day. These prayers apply to the second-week period only.
The third week of the Devotion comes next and lasts one week (seven days). It explores the Knowledge of Jesus Christ. Note the prayers at the end. They are the Litany of the Holy Ghost, Ave Maris Stella, Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, St. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Jesus, and O Jesus Living in Mary. These prayers apply to the third-week period only.
From the pdf document that you downloaded earlier, move to page 3, which will be our starting page. You will notice, it says Day 1 of 33. You will go through the next 33 days, one each day, until you end on day 33. That’s pretty easy. The following day, Day 34, will be your day of consecration.
Points to Remember
- This is a journey, not a race. Make the Journey and try to take it in. Don’t focus on the finish line only.
- Don’t stop the Consecration. If you don’t understand something, continue anyway. If you stop, you will get sidetracked and behind. Our Lady will make up for what you don’t get, so don’t worry.
- Meditate on the readings throughout the day.
- Success is related to preparation. The better you prepare, the more you will get from this.
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