33 Days To Give Your Life Totally to Christ Through Mary
The Original Marian Devotion Established by St. Louis de Montfort
To those desiring to give special honor to Our Blessed Mother Mary during this 100 year anniversary of her miraculous 1917 appearance at Fatima, Portugal, St. Bonaventure Catholic Church recommends this special 33 day Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary program, as originally established by St. Louis de Montfort, and now made available at this link Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.
You can do this Consecration program by performing the special daily prayers and meditations listed for each day.
The Consecration consists of a 33-day period of prayerful preparation, followed by the actual act of Consecration itself, all of which are provided in this Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary link.
St. Louis de Montfort Background
Always a pious child and especially devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, when the brilliant St. Louis de Montfort (A.D. 31 January 1673 – 28 April 1716) reached the age of 19, he gave away all he had and resolved to live on alms.
He was ordained a priest in Paris, worked for some time as a hospital chaplain, but then came to devote his time to preaching — a task he was extremely gifted at. He went on to found the Daughters of Wisdom — an Order devoted to hospital work and educating poor girls — and the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers), a missionary group of priests. It was his devotion to Mary, though, for which he is most remembered.
True Devotion to Mary
St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort wrote the “Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”, also known as the “True Devotion to Mary” at the beginning of the 1700’s, but the manuscript remained practically unknown for more than a century.
When, almost by chance, it was at last discovered in 1842 and published in 1843, the work was an instant success, proving extraordinarily effective in spreading the “true devotion” to the Most Holy Virgin.
St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” is considered the greatest book on the Blessed Virgin Mary ever written and has been recommended and practiced by eight Popes. For a copy of this wonderful book, click on this “True Devotion to Mary” link.
When Do I Start
One recommended practice is to finish the 33-day period of prayers and meditation and make the actual Consecration on a Marian Feast Day. Some of the Feast Days change from year to year, so it is best to pick the particular Feast Day you want and then start the program 33 days prior.
While this Consecration program can be performed at any time, St. Bonaventure Catholic Church recommends starting the 33-day Consecration program on September 11, 2017 and making the actual Consecration on October 13, 2017, the 100 year anniversary of Mary’s final and most spectacular appearance at Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917, which was witnessed by approximately 70,000 people.
To prayerfully begin your Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary program click on this link Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary.