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Day 16: 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

True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, # 228


Preparatory Exercises

 

During the first week they should employ all their prayers and pious actions in asking for a knowledge of themselves, and for contrition of their sins; and they should do this in a spirit of humility. For that end they can, if they choose, meditate on what I have said before of our inward corruption.

They can look upon themselves during the six days of this week as snails, crawling things, toads, swine, serpents, and unclean animals; or they can reflect on those three considerations of St. Bernard, the vileness of our origin, the dishonours of our present state, and our ending as the food of worms.

They should pray our Lord and the Holy Ghost to enlighten them; and for that end they might use the ejaculations, Dominie ut videam, ("Lord, that I may see"), or Noverim me ("Lord, let me know myself"), or Veni Sancte Spiritus ("Come, Holy Spirit") together with the Litany of the Holy Spirit. They will turn to our Blessed Lady and beg her to obtain for them that great grace which is the foundation of all others, the grace of self-knowledge. For this intention they will say each day the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.

 

Imitation of Christ: Book 2, Chapter 5

Of self-consideration

We must not rely too much upon ourselves, for grace and understanding are often lacking in us. We have but little inborn light, and this we quickly lose through negligence. Often we are not aware that we are so blind in heart. Meanwhile we do wrong, and then do worse in excusing it. At times we are moved by passion, and we think it zeal. We take others to task for small mistakes, and overlook greater ones in ourselves. We are quick enough to feel and brood over the things we suffer from others, but we think nothing of how much others suffer from us. If a man would weigh his own deeds fully and rightly, he would find little cause to pass severe judgment on others.

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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