means setting yourself aside for the service of God. The Church
has always advocated consecrating yourself to Jesus through the
Blessed Virgin, our perfect model of faith.
the best known advocate of Marian consecration is St. Louis de Montfort.
Modern day promoters of this consecration includes, Our Holy Father,
Pope John Paul II, who recommends an “act of entrustment”
to Mary (the Holy Father’s papal motto is an enthusiastic
Totus Tuus, “Totally yours.”)
is saying: Mother all that I am and all that I have is yours. My
everythought, word and deed belong totally to you, may you take
my little efforts, make them holy by mingling them in your prayers
and use all in God’ plan of salvation.
yourself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Sacred of Jesus,
will be one of the most important days of your life. You will be
placing yourself under the mantle of Mary’s protective care
as the Immaculate Conception, Mother of the Church and Mediatrix
of All Graces.
total consecration you cooperate with Mary in the work of building
up and renewing the Church of the third millennium. She will enlighten
your mind, guide your will, empower your efforts and intercede for
you in a special way before the throne of your Heavenly Father.
is a spirit of continual conversion. In the beginning not everyone
understands the power of consecration. But when lived in the spirit
of willingness and humility, the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother
will elevate our natural gifts and inspire us to holiness and fruitful
service within the Church. As Jesus said to those who would stand
up and follow him: “Even greater things than these will you
our times of such unrest in our world and in our families, we need
to stop and take a deep look at what is wrong. In many ways my family
is fragmented. May there is unforgiveness, depression, children
who have left the church years ago and it really doesn’t look
like they will ever come back. Where else are we going to turn?
We must run to the hearts of Jesus and Mary for help. Prayer gives
God permission to act in the lives of our families. How much more
would he give, if our children are placed before the throne of our
Heavenly Father by the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. By consecrating
our children we are totally trusting that their will be some action
on the part of a loving Father, that he will change the direction
of their lives. Give it some prayerful thought.
consecrate your family by reciting the following prayer with great
love and trust:
Consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I come to
you to consecrate myself and my entire family to your two hearts.
I desire to renew the vows of my baptism and place each member of
my family through an act of faith, hope and love into loving union
with the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I dedicate myself
and each member of my family to the Guardian Angels God has given
each one of us. O Holy Guardian Angels, enlighten, guide and protect
each one so as to lead us safely home to heaven.
Fatima, dear Mother of God, you appeared with St. Joseph and the
Child Jesus blessing the world. O Holy Family, bestow blessings
upon me and my entire family so that we may live the Christ life.
I desire that each member of my family adore always the Most Blessed
Trinity and love our God in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
peace to each member of my family. Keep each one in the grace of
Jesus Christ. Never permit any of my family to stray from the true
faith. (For any family member who has strayed, I beseech you to
bind up the wounds, lift up the fallen, restore and keep each of
our loved ones in grace. Bid them to come back to their Father’s
true home.) Amen.
concept of Consecration, that of setting a person, place or object
aside from the material world and dedicating it permanently to the
service of God can be traced back to the ancient world. It was known
amongst the Egyptians and other pagan peoples. Within our own religious
heritage, at the time of Moses we find the concept applying to the
whole Jewish people (Exodus, chapter 24) – the act of Consecration
involving the erection of an altar and twelve memorial stones, the
selection of twelve individuals to perform burnt-offering, the reading
of the Covenant and the sprinkling of the people with blood. Within
this, we find the same concept applied to Aaron and his sons (Exodus,
chapter 29), their investiture by Moses being described in some
detail (Leviticus, chapter 8) and including the use of oil for anointing.
As with the modern tradition, this ‘setting aside’ was
understood to be a permanent act.
later, we find the came concept recurring again in the Roman world,
with the permanent ‘setting aside’ from the secular
world of whatever was devoted to the worship of their gods. In the
early Apostolic church we find the consecration of churches existing
as a continuation, in a sense, of the ancient Jewish rite instituted
by Solomon. Although some scholars attribute its origin to Pope
St. Evaristus (d. 105), it is probable that he only codified in
law what was the common practice at the time. It is certain that
churches were formally consecrated before the persecution of the
Christian Faith had ended can be seen from the life of St. Cecilia
who is known to have prayed for a cessation of hostilities in order
that her home may be consecrated as a church by Pope St. Urban I
(222-230). We find another mention in the life of St. Marcellus
(d. 309) who is thought to have consecrated the home of St. Lucina
as a church. After the conversion of the Emperor Constantine (312),
what had, out of necessity, been an essentially private ceremony,
became a solemn public rite. This can be gathered from the writings
of Eusebius of Cesarea (c. 264-340), indicating that churches had
been consecrated previously: "After these things a spectacle
earnestly prayed for and much desired by us all appeared, viz. the
solemnization of the festival of the dedication of churches throughout
every city, and the consecration of newly-built oratories".
is uncertain, in these early times, to know exactly what form the
rite of consecration took or even if the rite was identical throughout
the Christian world. However, what is clear is that the essential
element of the service, that of permanently separating the building
from secular to sacred use was already established as part of the