Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Introduction
What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
Total Consecration Jesus is an absolutely beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. The basic premise set forth by St. Louis Marie de Montfort is simply that Jesus came into the world through Mary and that for us to always be assured of being close to Jesus, even closer than ever before, we should go through Mary.
Initially, this idea may seem strange to some. Why consecration? And why consecration through Mary? What does that even mean?
Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving our Lord. By following her example, we, too, can completely give ourselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates us to Him. We give our lives to Him in service and love.
Consecration to Jesus through Mary according to the method of St. Louis de Montfort is a method used by Pope John Paul II and it is this consecration that lead to the founding of Rosary Army in 2003.
Why do this?
We consecrate ourselves in order to be more devoted to the Lord and His Blessed Mother. It helps us grow in holiness and increase our faith, hope, and love. It is a prayerful and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.
How does it work?
The method of consecration set forth by St. Louis de Montfort is presented on this website, as well as in the 34-part MP3 podcast series freely available for download from this site. Consecration consists merely of a 33-day period of prayerful preparation followed by the actual act of consecration itself (also described on this site).
33 day preparation
The 33-day preparation includes a preliminary period of twelve days during which we endeavor “to free ourselves from the spirit of the world.” This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin and the third to that of Jesus Christ.
The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin. Hence the practices suggested by St. Louis De Montfort: renouncement of the world and knowledge of self, of the Blessed Virgin and of Jesus Christ.
How do I listen to the Total Consecration Podcast?
Each day’s readings and prayers are available in MP3 format and can be accessed by direct download from each day’s prayers on this website, or by subscribing to the Total Consecration Podcast.
You can subscribe to the Total Consecration podcast via Apple’s iTunes (click to subscribe) or through another podcast aggregator (click the orange XML logo for the feed): . The RSS Feed for this podcast is http://feeds/feedburner.com/consecration
Where do I get a book?
You can purchase copies at most Catholic book stores and from Amazon.com.
Who is this for?
Consecration to Jesus is for anyone, Catholic or not, who is old enough to understand the love of Jesus and Mary.
When does it begin and end?
The preparation is intended to prepare our hearts and minds by praying and meditating. It is not a problem at all to begin after the start date, but it is recommended to catch up by doing all the prayers.
These periods mentioned by St. Louis De Montfort do not constitute a rigorous and unchangeable division. According to circumstances, they may be lengthened or shortened. The faithful often take only three days to prepare for the annual renewal of their consecration, or may choose to completely go through all of the preparation prayers again.
The cycle of preparation (daily prayers and meditations takes approximately 10-15 minutes per day) typically begins on a date that will end on a Marian Feast Day. The consecration will take place on a Marian feast day at the end of the period of prepration. The following is a table of the six suggested schedules for consecration:
|Introduction to Total Consecration from the RA Podcast [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/00Consecration.mp3]|
|Part I (12 Days): Spirit of the World|
|1st Day:||Dec. 31||Feb. 20||March 26||April 28||July 13||Nov. 5|
|Day 1 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/01Consecration.mp3]|
|2nd Day:||Jan. 1||Feb. 21||March 27||April 29||July 14||Nov. 6|
|Day 2 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/02Consecration.mp3]|
|3rd Day:||Jan. 2||Feb. 22||March 28||April 30||July 15||Nov. 7|
|Day 3 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/03Consecration.mp3]|
|4th Day:||Jan. 3||Feb. 23||March 29||May 1||July 16||Nov. 8|
|Day 4 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/04Consecration.mp3]|
|5th Day:||Jan. 4||Feb. 24||March 30||May 2||July 17||Nov. 9|
|Day 5 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/05Consecration.mp3]|
|6th Day:||Jan. 5||Feb. 25||March 31||May 3||July 18||Nov. 10|
|Day 6 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/06Consecration.mp3]|
|7th Day:||Jan. 6/td>||Feb. 26||April 1||May 4||July 19||Nov. 11|
|Day 7 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/07Consecration.mp3]|
|8th Day:||Jan. 7||Feb. 27||April 2||May 5||July 20||Nov. 12|
|Day 8 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/08Consecration.mp3]|
|9th Day:||Jan. 8||Feb. 28||April 3||May 6||July 21||Nov. 13|
|Day 9 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/09Consecration.mp3]|
|10th Day:||Jan. 9||March 1||April 4||May 7||July 22||Nov. 14|
|Day 10 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/10Consecration.mp3]|
|11th Day:||Jan. 10||March 2||April 5||May 8||July 23||Nov. 15|
|Day 11 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/11Consecration.mp3]|
|12th Day:||Jan. 11||March 3||April 6||May 9||July 24||Nov. 16|
|Day 12 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/12Consecration.mp3]|
|Part II: (1st Week) Knowledge of Self|
|13th Day:||Jan. 12||March 4||April 7||May 10||July 25||Nov. 17|
|Day 13 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/13Consecration.mp3]|
|14th Day:||Jan. 13||March 5||April 8||May 11||July 26||Nov. 18|
|Day 14 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/14Consecration.mp3]|
|15th Day:||Jan. 14||March 6||April 9||May 12||July 27||Nov. 19|
|Day 15 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/15Consecration.mp3]|
|16th Day:||Jan. 15||March 7||April 10||May 13||July 28||Nov. 20|
|Day 16 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/16Consecration.mp3]|
|17th Day:||Jan. 16||March 8||April 11||May 14||July 29||Nov. 21|
|Day 17 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/17Consecration.mp3]|
|18th Day:||Jan. 17||March 9||April 12||May 15||July 30||Nov. 22|
|Day 18 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/18Consecration.mp3]|
|19th Day:||Jan. 18||March 10||April 13||May 16||July 31||Nov. 23|
|Day 19 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/19Consecration.mp3]|
|Part III: (2nd Week) Knowledge of Our Lady|
|20th Day:||Jan. 19||March 11||April 14||May 17||August 1||Nov. 24|
|Day 20 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/20Consecration.mp3]|
|21st Day:||Jan. 20||March 12||April 15||May 18||August 2||Nov. 25|
|Day 21 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/21Consecration.mp3]|
|22nd Day:||Jan. 21||March 13||April 16||May 19||August 3||Nov. 26|
|Day 22 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/22Consecration.mp3]|
|23rd Day:||Jan. 22||March 14||April 17||May 20||August 4||Nov. 27|
|Day 23 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/23Consecration.mp3]|
|24th Day:||Jan. 23||March 15||April 18||May 21||August 5||Nov. 28|
|Day 24 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/24Consecration.mp3]|
|25th Day:||Jan. 24||March 16||April 19||May 22||August 6||Nov. 29|
|Day 25 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/25Consecration.mp3]|
|26th Day:||Jan. 25||March 17||April 20||May 23||August 7||Nov. 30|
|Day 26 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/26Consecration.mp3]|
|Part IV: (3rd Week) Knowledge of Christ|
|27th Day:||Jan. 26||March 18||April 21||May 24||August 8||Dec. 1|
|Day 27 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/27Consecration.mp3]|
|28th Day:||Jan. 27||March 19||April 22||May 25||August 9||Dec. 2|
|Day 28 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/28Consecration.mp3]|
|29th Day:||Jan. 28||March 20||April 23||May 26||August 10||Dec. 3|
|Day 29 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/29Consecration.mp3]|
|30th Day:||Jan. 29||March 21||April 24||May 27||August 11||Dec. 4|
|Day30 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/30Consecration.mp3]|
|31st Day:||Jan. 30||March 22||April 25||May 28||August 12||Dec. 5|
|Day 31 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/31Consecration.mp3]|
|32nd Day:||Jan. 31||March 23||April 26||May 29||August 13||Dec. 6|
|Day 32 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/32Consecration.mp3]|
|33rd Day:||Feb. 1||March 24||April 27||May 30||August 14||Dec. 7|
|Day 33 Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/33Consecration.mp3]|
|Consecration:||Feb. 2||March 25||April 28||May 31||August 15||Dec. 8|
|Consecration Day Prayers: [audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/rosaryarmy/34Consecration.mp3]|