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Day 15: Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

 

Purpose: Obtain Knowledge Of Yourself

 

Prayers, examinations, reflection, acts of renouncement of our own will, of contrition for our sins, of contempt of self, all performed at the feet of Mary, for it is from her that we hope for light to know ourselves. It is near her, that we shall be able to measure the abyss of our miseries without despairing. We should employ all our pious actions in asking for a knowledge of ourselves and contrition of our sins: and we should do this in a spirit of piety.

During this period, we shall consider not so much the opposition that exists between the spirit of Jesus and ours, as the miserable and humiliating state to which our sins have reduced us. Moreover, the True Devotion being an easy, short, sure and perfect way to arrive at that union with Our Lord which is Christlike perfection, we shall enter seriously upon this way, strongly convinced of our misery and helplessness. But how attain this without a knowledge of ourselves?

 

Readings

 

Luke 13:1—5

 

Repent or Perish

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."

 

True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, #81 and #82


We Need Mary in order to Die to Ourselves

Secondly, in order to empty ourselves of ourselves, we must die to ourselves daily. That is to say, we must renounce the operations of the powers of our soul, and of the senses of our body. We must see as if we saw not, understand as if we understood not, and make use of the things of this world as if we made no use of them at all. This is what St. Paul calls dying daily—Quotidie morior. If the grain of corn falling on the earth does not die, it remains earth, and brings forth no good fruit. Nisi granum frumenti, cadens in terram, mortuum fuerit, ipsum solum manet.

If we die not to ourselves, and if our holiest devotions do not incline us to this necessary and useful death, we shall bring forth no fruit worth anything, and our devotions will become useless. All our justices will be stained by self-love and our own will; and this will cause God to hold in abomination the greatest sacrifices we can make, and the best actions we can do; so that at our death we shall find our hands empty of virtues and of merits, and we shall not have one spark of pure love, which is only communicated to souls dead to themselves, souls whose life is hidden with Jesus Christ in God. We must choose, therefore, among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin, the one which draws us most towards this death to ourselves, inasmuch as it will be the best and the most sanctifying.

 

Prayers

 

Litany of the Holy Spirit

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us.


Father all powerful, have mercy on us.

Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us. 

Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless Life of both, sanctify us.

Holy Trinity, hear us. 

 

Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. 

Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. 
 

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us. 

Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us. 

Author of all good, have mercy on us. 

Source of Heavenly water, have mercy on us.

Consuming Fire, have mercy on us.  

Ardent Charity, have mercy on us.

Spiritual Unction, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us.

Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us.  

Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us.  

Holy Spirit, the Comforter, have mercy on us.  

Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us.  

Holy Spirit, Who governs the Church, have mercy on us.  

Gift of God the Most High, have mercy on us.  

Spirit Who fills the universe, have mercy on us.

Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us. 
 

Holy Spirit, inspire us with horror of sin.

Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth. 

Holy Spirit, shed Thy light into our souls.

Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts. 

Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.

Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces. 

Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.

Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy Heavenly inspirations.

Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.

Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge. 

Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.

Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues. 

Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.

Holy Spirit, be our everlasting reward. 

 

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Spirit. 

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety. 

V. Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,

R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Let Us Pray.


Grant, O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. R. Amen.

 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto)

 

Lord, have mercy on us,

Christ have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

 

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

 

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Mother of Christ, pray for us.

Mother of divine grace, pray for us.

Mother most pure, pray for us.

Mother most chaste, pray for us.

Mother inviolate, pray for us.

Mother undefiled, pray for us.

Mother most amiable, pray for us.

Mother most admirable, pray for us.

Mother of good counsel,pray for us.

Mother of our Creator, pray for us.

Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.

Mother of the Church, pray for us.

Virgin most prudent, pray for us.

Virgin most venerable, pray for us.

Virgin most renowned, pray for us.

Virgin most powerful, pray for us.

Virgin most merciful, pray for us.

Virgin most faithful, pray for us.

Preparation for Consecration, pray for us.

Mirror of justice, pray for us.

Seat of wisdom, pray for us.

Cause of our joy, pray for us.

Vessel of honor, pray for us.

Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.

Mystical rose, pray for us.

Tower of David, pray for us.

Tower of ivory, pray for us.

House of gold, pray for us.

Ark of the covenant, pray for us.

Gate of Heaven, pray for us.

Morning star, pray for us.

Health of the sick, pray for us.

Refuge of sinners, pray for us.

Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.

Help of Christians, pray for us.

Queen of angels, pray for us.

Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.

Queen of prophets, pray for us.

Queen of Apostles, pray for us.

Queen of martyrs, pray for us.

Queen of confessors, pray for us.

Queen of virgins, pray for us.

Queen of all saints, pray for us.

Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.

Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.

Queen of peace, pray for us.

 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

 

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

 

Let Us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen

 

Ave Maris Stella

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one. Amen.

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