Saturday, April 30, 2016

366 Project - Day 121 - "A Day With Mary"


April 30, 2016 - "A Day With Mary"

Today I attended the "A Day With Mary" retreat - held at Sacred Heart Church in my hometown of Danbury, CT. This is my second time attending the day-long retreat... and will not be my last.

The day consists of a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima into the church... several Marian talks given by Franciscan priests... praying of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross... Eucharistic Procession and Adoration... Consecration to Our Lady... Conferring the Brown Scapular and Miraculous Medal upon those who have not already done so... Holy Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary... and finally a procession of the statue of Our Lady out of the church, as they entire parish waves white cloth handkerchiefs in the air and sings "Immaculate Mary".

It truly is a beautiful way to spend the day - and one that I highly recommend! For those who are interested, visit www.DayWithMaryWest.org for more information.

I'll end this with the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate - written by St. Maximilian Kolbe

O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and earth, Refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, an unworthy sinner, cast myself at your feet, humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever pleases you. If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what has been said of you: "She will crush your head," and "You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world."

Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and most merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and sanctification, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Allow me to praise you, O most holy Virgin.

Give me strength against your enemies.

Amen.

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