Marian Consecration (Part 2)

Brad Bursa



It is quite accurate to say that the goal of Lent for a Catholic is the renewal of one’s Baptismal promises. The 40 days of penance carried out in the forms of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, are a road of preparation and purification that we might more fully and more faithfully renew and live the most important promises we have ever made and will ever make -- the promises we often forget or break due to original sin and that “residue” called concupiscence. These most important promises are as follows:

Celebrant: Do you reject Satan?

Response: I do.

Celebrant: And all his works?

Response: I do.

Celebrant: And all his empty promises?

Response: I do.

Celebrant: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?

Response: I do.

Celebrant: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?

Response: I do.

Celebrant: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

Response: I do.

It might come as a surprise for some that St. Louis de Montfort’s teaching on Marian Consecration has two key emphases: 1) “a renewal of our baptismal vows” and 2) “a particularly intimate gift of ourselves to Mary.” In Marian Consecration, one places in Mary’s hands the vows of his Baptism -- one recommits himself to Jesus through Mary by restating his/her Baptismal vows. Hence, St. Louis’ consecration prayer states:

I, (name), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

With the renewal of Baptismal vows as the goal of Lent and the goal of Marian Consecration, one can rest assured that taking on the 33 days of preparation for Marian Consecration will be a fitting way to enter into the remaining weeks of Lent.

The Office for Youth Evangelization and Discipleship would like to invite everyone to join with them in making the preparation for, and consecration/renewal of consecration to Jesus through Mary on the celebration of the Annunciation this year. For more details, check out our webpage.