What a wonderful month May was!! The best part of it was of course my consecration to Jesus through Mary! Yesterday at our youth Mass, all of the high schoolers who did the consecration were able to stand up and finish the month of preparation and it was SO beautiful!! Since I was reconsecrating myself I didn’t get a medal, but all of the youth who were doing it for the first time (including my sister) got Marian medals from Rome and then we celebrated with ice cream after Mass!
The last month was so great and filled with lots of awesome prayer and reflection. I was so proud of myself because last year I did almost none of the prayers and didn’t really take it seriously, but this year I carried my book with me everywhere. Honestly, I did not do all the prayers perfectly every day, but I really took it seriously this time which made it so much better.
I know my intro post to the consecration was kinda vague but now that I did it I know way more about it!! The book that my youth group used was Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ Through Mary by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM according to St. Louis de Montfort.
Wow I just love this book! Every week or so there’s a new focus of the prayers and new night time prayers to pray. The first twelve days focus on ” Renunciation of the Spirit of the World,” or in other words, looking at your own life and picking out the worldly things that are placed before God so that you can work on them and make more room for Jesus in your heart. During this time we had to pick something to fast from like we would during Lent! We started the week with the Litany of the Holy Name and night prayer for these days was a beautiful, short prayer to Mary called the Sub Tuum.
The first week is about “Being Filled with the Spirit of Jesus Christ,” also called Knowledge of Self. We looked at all the places where we don’t focus on Christ during the first week so that this week we can fill those places with Christ. The week began with the Litany of Saints and night prayer for the second week was my favorite Marian prayer, The Memorare.
The second week increases our “Knowledge of Mary.” All of the prayers and reflections focused on her and her ability to bring us closer to her Son. St. Louis de Montfort had a slightly different way of praying the Rosary which we were encouraged to do at least once during this week. We began with the Litany of Loreto and our night prayer was St. Louis de Montfort’s Rosary prayer (slightly different version).
Since consecrations are TO Jesus THROUGH Mary, the final week of preparation focuses on “Knowledge of Jesus Christ.” All the preparation is to get closer to Him, so it ends with a deeper relationship with Christ. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin was prayed at the beginning and night prayer for this final week was my favorite prayer that I learned over the last 33 days and it is called the Prayer of St. Augustine. (slightly different version)
There were also two prayers we prayed every day which were the Invocation of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Living in Mary (slightly different version). Finally, we prayed the Ave Maris Stella at different times during the process.
This post is purposely a little vague because I want everyone to experience the desire for getting closer to both Jesus Christ and our mother Mary through consecration. I highly encourage it and hope this post sparked something within you!