Ever since I went on my first Ignatian Spiritual Exercises Retreat this past summer in San Diego with Miles Christi, I have been praying each morning different prayers as a Morning Prayer/Morning Offering. The prayers I pray in the morning are the same prayers we did on the retreat. They have been a great consolation to me and I enjoy the moments I have in prayer each morning.
One of the prayers that’s part of my morning offering is titled, Consecration to the Blessed Virgin. Although it has the word consecration in it, it’s much shorter than actual Prayer of Consecration that many of you probably know either through St. Louis DeMontfort’s Total Consecration or Fr. Michael Gaitley’s, 33 Days to Morning Glory. If you are interested in learning more about both of these consecrations, I would encourage you to read my blog post titled, “Mondays with Mary” – Marian Consecration: Knowing Jesus through Mary.
The morning prayer that I pray each morning has a similar theme to both of the aforementioned prayers, but where it differs is that it’s a consecration to the Blessed Virgin for the day. It fits perfectly between the Anima Christi and the Prayer to St. Joseph, two other prayers that are part of the morning offering.
I enjoy this prayer because it focuses on points that I am very fond of when it comes to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It speaks of her as Queen and Mother. Here we have two very important titles for Mary that are connected to the Marian Doctrines of Theotokos (God-Bearer) and Maternal Mediator (she is our Advocate and Queen Mother).
I also like the phrase, “in proof of my filial affection.” Here we see that through our sonship (filial) that Christ regained for us through his merits on the Cross – that we are not only “sons” of God, but also “sons” (and daughters) of Mary as well. She is our Mother, just as Jesus states when he gives her to St. John at the foot of the cross.
The other part of this prayer that I like is the phrase “keep me and defend me as thy property and possession.” If you are familiar with the Marian Consecration Prayers, which speak of us as giving ourselves completely to Jesus through Mary, then you understand what this phrase means. I think in our modern culture we have a bad notion of slavery because in recent centuries man has distorted slavery into a very cruel practice, but in the early centuries slaves weren’t necessarily treated so poorly and were often freed after a certain number of years in service. For Jesus and Mary, we are not slaves to be beaten, but we should strive to be faithful slaves of love. If we are their possessions, then it’s their mission to keep us and defend us, as a Master would protect his slaves from another trying to hurt them.
So now that I have explained parts of this prayer to you briefly, let me share the actual prayer with you. It’s my hope that you will pray this prayer as I pray this prayer.
O, my Queen and my Mother! I offer myself entirely to thee; and, in proof of my filial affection, I consecrate this day to thee my eyes, my ears, my lips, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Since I am wholly thine, O bountiful Mother, keep me and defend me as thy property and possession. Amen.
I hope that you found today’s “Mondays with Mary” beneficial and that you will share this post with your family and friends. So many Christians lack to see the importance that the Blessed Mother plays in Salvation History, which is on-going today.
Let us pray for those Christians that believe Mary is an obstacle to Jesus and let us pray that they will come to know Jesus better through his Mother. If you want to get to someone in your life, the best thing to do is spend time with their mother. When we spend time with Mary, we come to know Jesus in a more deep and profound way.
Can you hep me with this? I started consecration to mary and was in the preparation phase when I read that if you consecrate yourself to her to you have to offer all your prayer though her. You can only pray to Jesus through her. I want the option to pray through her or pray directly to God. I have a very hard time with that not being an option and thus stopped the process, but if someone can explain it to me I would appreciate it I cannot just stop talking to Jesus.
The way I understand the Marian consecration is that once you are consecrated all of your prayers, actions & efforts are used by Mary at her discretion… in other words, where she best sees the needs for those in most need of God’s mercy. She was intuitive on earth (wedding at Cana) and in heaven she sees the Salvific needs of all. Everything we do (praying to Jesus) can still be done in the same way as before. Look at this way, Mary is like a search engine or a server redirecting our good actions. I completed a consecration to Mary on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and it has not changed my relationship with Jesus in anyway, I still do everything the same, I still talk to Jesus in the same way that I did before. I think that my relationship with Jesus is an even deeper and more enhanced since I completed my consecration to Mary. Try and think of it this way, a Marian consecration is but a submission to God’s holy will, it is Us saying “Fiat” or “Yes” to God’s Holy will and not our own will. We are submitting and learning to become docile to God’s will on a moment by moment basis in our life. I hope this helps you to understand the Marian consecration and that it does not take anything away from us rather it adds. Remember that Mary always takes us to her son Jesus. I will pray for you as you discern to do the consecration. God bless you dear!
I’m in agreement “booksnooks” some very pointed things came to pass while pursuing this process. I prayed earnestly for the Holy Spirit’s direction. After all who wouldn’t want what the consecration promises? Only confusion came to me with every single contact with the podcasts, readings… and we all know confusion comes from the devil. This is not from God. Church friends who handed are adamant that it is powerful and totally changed their lives. The Holy Spirit that DWELLS within me had already done that, not taking any sliver of a greedy chance on losing Him either!
“The theif comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 NIV
The Holy Spirit has given me a peace beyond understanding that I should not consecrate myself to Mary, for any “to Jesus through Mary” benefit.
The unfathomable Divine Mercy and Graces from God are enough for me. Praise the Lord!
God bless you.