April 28, 
1998
PRAYER & DEVOTIONS
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vol, 9
no. 82

    ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT'S ACT OF TOTAL CONSECRATION AND PRAYERS TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
      Consecration to the Immaculate Heart      The Act of Total Consecration that follows may be made after careful study of this book on true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and after due preparation. A good confession ideally should precede the consecration, which is best made, when possible, before Jesus Christ present in the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. The Act of Consecration should be made only when one is prepared to live its spirit henceforth. Ideally, it should be renewed on occasion, especially on its anniversary. The Act may be renewed daily in the shorter form, easily memorized, that follows this longer form. Select a feast of Mary on which to make the Act of Consecration, which may be signed and dated as shown below.
          O Immaculate Heart of Mary, I, who have been a ungrateful sinner, today renew and reaffirm, to your holy and glorious person, the vows of my baptism. I reject Satan, his evil works, and his empty promises forever, and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, incarnate Wisdom and my Savior, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

          In the presence of God the Father, to whom you, Mary, are the most favored daughter; in the presence of God the Son, the Word incarnate, to whom you are Mother; in the presence of the Holy Spirit, to whom you are spouse, and before the entire heavenly court, all the holy angels and saints, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, O Mary. I intend that the consecration I make today will continue for all time and for eternity.

          I entrust and consecrate to you, O Immaculate Heart of Mary, my Queen and my Mother, my body and soul and all my goods, interior and exterior, spiritual and natural. I thereby consecrate to you the value of all my good thoughts, words, and actions, past, present, and future, leaving to you the entire right to dispose of me, and all that belongs to me without exception, according to your holy will, for the greater glory of God in time and eternity.

          I consecrate to your all-pure person, O Mary, my eyes, my mouth, my heart, all my sense, my whole person. I am totally yours, my Queen, my Mother, and all that I have is yours.

          Heavenly Mother Mary, refuge of sinners, I come to your sweet, most lovable heart, to offer myself to you; to consecrate my entire life, all that has gone before and will follow this day, to your Immaculate Heart. In this consecration of my total person, I offer you my body and soul, with all their miseries and weaknesses; my heart, with all its affections and desires; my prayers, works, joys, and sorrows. I offer you all temptations that come to me, so that my every thought and desire may be purified through your holy intercession.

          My Queen, my Mother, I offer you in consecration all pleasures and sufferings that come into my life, both physical and spiritual. I offer you especially my death, with all that will accompany it in my last agony. Accept all this, my Mother, and take all into your Immaculate Heart as I give to you irrevocably all that I am and all that I have, together with all property and possessions. I offer you my family and all who are near and dear to me. Take them all into your Immaculate Heart and keep everyone I your Son, Jesus Christ.

          Keep me ever faithful to God and to the Holy Catholic Church, loyal and obedient to the Holy Father, the Pope. I desire to pray the Rosary properly, meditating on its mysteries. I desire to participate in the Sacrifice of your incarnate Son, perpetuated at Holy Mass, and to receive Him frequently in Holy Communion. I attach special importance to the First Saturday of the month in reparation to your Immaculate Heart, and I will work for the conversion of sinners. I will strive to live constantly the spirit of eucharistic reparation.

          O Queen of the angels, my Queen and my Mother, I humbly prostrate myself before you as I approach you with my guardian angel. I desire to join all the holy angels, and especially my guardian, in venerating you always as Queen of heaven and earth. Command my guardian angel to keep me always in your love and in the union of grace with your divine Son, and the entire Blessed Trinity dwelling in my soul. Send forth your angels to assist me in spreading devotion to your Immaculate heart so that through your intercession there may be peace in the world and in the Church, and the Kingdom of Christ may come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

      Signed_____________________

      Date:______________________


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