Friday, May 13, 2016

366 Project - Day 134 - "Consecration Day"

May 13, 2016 - "Consecration Day"

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Today is also "Consecration Day". After thirty-three days of preparation and prayer, I fully consecrated myself to Our Most Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Our church held a special Mass this evening for Consecration... however after the Mass was over I committed myself yet again, with my own Prayer of Consecration - a blend of my own words mixed with the Consecration Prayers of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe and of Fr. Michael E. Gaitley from his book "33 Days to Morning Glory".

Here is my Prayer of Consecration in its entirety...

"I, Vincent, Confirmed in Christ as Joseph, stand before you on this day as a repentant sinner, to renew and ratify in your hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism. I forever renounce Satan, and all of his works, his temptations and his empty promises. I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior, and resolve to take up my cross and follow Him all the days of my life... and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

Most Holy Mother Mary, I cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and all that I have, wholly to yourself. I deliver and consecrate to you my body and soul, my goods - both interior and exterior - and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your will, for the greater honor and glory of God in time and in eternity. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death, and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God. If I fall, please lead me back to Jesus. Wash me in the water and Most Precious Blood which flowed from His pierced side, and help me never to lose my trust in this fountain of love and mercy.

Blessed Virgin Mary, handmaid of the Lord, I give myself to you, that through your Immaculate Heart I might be united in perfect consecration with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I give myself to you, that through you I might come closer to Our Lord and Savior, and be worthy of entering His heavenly kingdom. Amen."

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