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Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

May 4, 2011

from Holy Cross 7th-grade teacher, Jenny Kropf –

On March 20, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Holy Cross embarked on a special spiritual journey.

They began the “33 day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to St. Louis de Montfort”.

The consecration (or entrustment, as Pope John Paul II referred to it) is a way of growing closer to our Lord with the help of his Blessed Mother.

Consecrating oneself to Jesus is a traditional practice in the church that once routinely took place immediately after a child was baptized.

Fr. Bob, who spoke with parents at an information session regarding the Consecration, says, “Mary will always lead you directly to her Son and she will never detract from nor eclipse  Jesus. The Consecration is simply a renewal of our Baptismal vows.”

The 33 days are broken down into 4 parts:

  • 12 day preliminary period: Focuses on letting go of the worldly things that impede our spiritual growth.
  • Week 1: Focuses on knowledge of oneself
  • Week 2: Focuses on knowledge of Mary
  • Week 3:  Focuses on knowledge of Jesus

Each day particular prayers and Litanies are recited. These are followed by a Gospel reading, relating to the theme of the week. Excerpts from the classical work, Imitation of Christ, by Thomas Kempis and True Devotion to Mary , by St. Louis De Montfort, are also included.

Much of the consecration is done in religion class, but when that is not possible, the children take their manuals home to complete the prayers and readings.

At the end of the 33-day period, on the Feast of  Our Lady of Fatima, the students, parents,  and teachers who have completed the process will go to Mass in Pflumm Hall and then recite the consecration prayer in a short ceremony after Mass.

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