Chapter One: Grace and Devotion to Mary
Chapter Two: Mary, Holy Objects and God
Chapter Three: Primary Teachings - Mary the Virgin
Chapter Four: Mary and Jesus
Chapter Five: Deeper Teachings -
Chapter Six: Teachings Not Yet Declared Dogmas -
Jesus and Mary
A Mediator with our Mediator
Chapter Seven: Final Thoughts and Reflections
of the Holy Spirit
of Jesus Made Present
and Church Unity
Consecration to Mary Individual and
Litany of Mary's Faith Journey
© Copyright, J. Roy MacIntyre 2009
Consecration to Mary
The most powerful way to give Mary her proper place in our private and public lives is to be consecrated to her. There are many levels by which we can be consecrated to Mary from a simple asking to come under her protection to the fullest form of consecration, "To Jesus Through Mary", as laid out by St. Louis De Montfort in, "True Devotion to Mary" and in "The Secret of Mary".
The significance of a pubic consecration to Mary can be seen in the Philippines where all the bishops and the Cardinal of Manila consecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They were graced with a bloodless restoration to democracy in what was thought quite miraculous at the time. The dramatic changes in the Soviet Union and the decline of communism throughout the world have also followed the world-wide consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and all the bishops of the Church on March 25, 1984.
The benefits of individual consecration to Mary are not as easily demonstrated because the result is a deepening of the spiritual life. However, in Luke 2:51-51 we read that Jesus remained under the protection of Mary and was obedient to her, and thus increased in wisdom and grace. This reflects what happens in the individual consecration, that is, that Mary in union with the Holy Spirit continually forms us into her Son, Jesus. Pope John Paul II is the most prominent example of one who has embraced the entire consecration to Mary, thus his motto, Totus Tuus, "All yours (Mary's)".
Since the De Montfort consecration to Jesus through Mary is too meaty a topic for this treatise and because a proper preparation is necessary before taking it, I offer here instead a simpler consecration. This is one similar to the one used in the consecration of Our Lady of Good Council Prayer Group In 1986.
I (your name) do today consecrate myself to Mary the mother of my Lord Jesus Christ that through her, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I may become more like her Son and thus become fully mature spiritually. I open myself fully to the Holy Spirit that He may begin to deepen my faith and increase my understanding of God and Mary's role in His plan. I pray that I may soon freely and fully accept Mary in my life as God wants of me so that I may sooner become formed into the image of His divine Son, my Lord, Jesus Christ. Finally, I ask of you Mary to protect me and those entrusted to me from the Devil and his snares and especially that I may remain faithful to the teachings of Your Son's Church. Amen.
A Group Consecration
We the members of (your group's name) do today consecrate ourselves to Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ that through her, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may become more like her Son and thus become fully mature spiritually. We open ourselves fully to the Holy Spirit that He may begin to deepen our faith and increase our understanding of God and Mary's role in His plan. We pray that we may soon freely and fully accept Mary in our lives as God wants of us so that we may sooner become formed into the image of His divine Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Finally, we ask of you Mary to protect us and those entrusted to us from the Devil and his snares and especially that we may remain faithful to the teachings of Your Son's Church. Amen.