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Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity [Catholic Caucus]
The New Theological Movement Blog ^ | Sunday, February 19, 2012 | Father Ryan Erlenbush

Posted on 02/19/2012 9:28:25 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Consecrate this Lent to Jesus through Mary, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity


St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort recommended a particular method of consecrating oneself wholly and entirely to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary and, through Mary, to Jesus our Savior. This method includes thirty-three days of preparation, followed by the act of consecration itself. St. Louis de Montfort most especially recommends that this consecration be made on the feast of the Annunciation, though other days are also acceptable.
This Lent provides us with a most rare opportunity to consecrate ourselves to Mary according to de Montfort’s method. Due to highly exceptional circumstances, one could begin the preparation this year on Ash Wednesday (February 22) and complete the consecration on the feast of the Annunciation (this year, March 26). What a wonderful way to make this our best Lent ever!

The 33 days of preparation
St. Louis-Marie de Montfort recommends that we spend thirty-three days in preparing for the act of total consecration to Jesus through Mary. This includes a twelve day preliminary period in which we renounce the spirit of the world, followed by three weeks dedicated to knowledge of self, of Mary, and of Jesus (respectively). After these thirty-three days of preparation, the act of consecration is made on the following day (the thirty-fourth).

There are numerous days which de Montfort recommends (and which are traditionally chosen) for the act of total consecration, including: The Assumption, the Nativity of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, the Presentation of Mary, and the Immaculate Conception. And there are other feasts besides. Moreover, the total consecration does not even need to be made on a specific feast day – though it is highly recommended.
But, above all the others, St. Louis-Marie de Montfort most especially recommends the feast of the Annunciation as the day to make the total consecration, since this is the principal feast of the devotion. As it was on this day that our Savior took flesh and subjected himself in all humility to the Blessed Virgin, coming to us through her; so on this day it is most fitting that we subject ourselves by a holy slavery to Mary and return to our Lord through her by whom he came to us.
Here is a table including some of the feasts on which one could make the total consecration, including also the day on which the preparation would start.
Start of

33-day Plan

Marian Feast You've Chosen
Feast /
Consecration
Day

9 Jan
Apparition of the Immaculate
Virgin Mary at Lourdes

11 Feb
20 Feb *
The Annunciation

25 Mar
13 Jun
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

16 Jul
13 Jul
The Assumption

15 Aug
6 Aug
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8 Sep
13 Aug
Our Lady of Sorrows

15 Sep
19 Oct
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

21 Nov
5 Nov
Immaculate Conception

8 Dec
9 Nov
Our Lady of Guadalupe

12 Dec

* N.B. When there is a leap year, the preparation for total consecration on the feast of the Annunciation begins on February 21st.

Why this Lent is special
Three circumstances have come together this year to provide the opportunity to begin the preparation for the total consecration on February 22nd (Ash Wednesday) and conclude on March 26th (Feast of the Annunciation). This is highly unusual.
1) Ordinarily, the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th. However, on account of the Fifth Sunday of Lent (March 25th, 2012), the feast has been moved this year to March 26th.

2) Generally, in order to complete the thirty-three day preparation for the feast of the Annunciation, one would begin on February 20th. However, because this year is a leap year, we gain an extra day of preparation and can start later than usual.
3) This year, Easter falls on April 8th, which would usually make Ash Wednesday fall on February 21st. However, because this is a leap year, Ash Wednesday is February 22nd.
All three of these factors combine to allow the thirty-three day preparation to begin on February 22nd

which is also Ash Wednesday, and to conclude on March 25th which is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Then, as de Montfort asks, the consecration is made on the following day, March 26th which, this year, is the feast of the Annunciation.

This hardly ever happens
St. Louis-Marie died on April 28th, 1716. Since that time, there has only been three years in which the preparation for the total consecration could begin on Ash Wednesday and conclude with the act of consecration on the feast of the Annunciation (being moved to March 26th): 1792, 1860, and 1928.

The next occurrence of such circumstances will not be until 2164 – and then, not again until after 2200. This is very clearly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make this Lent special.
A plan for this Lent
February 22nd, Ash Wednesday: Begin the preparation for total consecration with the twelve preliminary days, renouncing the spirit of the world. This period concludes on Sunday, March 4th, the Second Sunday of Lent.
March 5th, Monday of the Second Week of Lent: Begin the first week of the preparation, knowledge of self. This concludes on Sunday, March 11th, the Third Sunday of Lent.

March 12th, Monday of the Third Week of Lent: Begin the second week of preparation, knowledge of Mary. This period concludes on Sunday, March 18th, the Forth Sunday of Lent also called Laetare.
March 19th, Monday, Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary: Begin the third and final week of preparation, knowledge of Jesus. This concludes on Sunday, March 25th, the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

March 26th, Monday, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord: Make the act of total consecration to Jesus through Mary.

Preliminary remarks
Throughout the season of Lent, we will be posting little articles on the total consecration and the true devotion. It is our hope that these will be helpful to those who are making the total consecration this year on the feast of the Annunciation.
There are several on-line resources which could be helpful to those who desire to make the total consecration according to the method of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort.
1) Fisheaters.com has a good introduction to the total consecration together with the daily readings and prayers which are commonly used in the preparation. I would highly recommend making use of this resource. See the website [here].

2) St. Louis’ primary theological work on the total consecration, “True Devotion to Mary” can be read on-line through the EWTN website. While the format is simple and somewhat “plain-Jane”, I think it makes the text much easier to read than what I have seen on other sites. See this website [here].
3) I believe that another work by de Montfort, “The Secret of Mary”, would be even more helpful to most than the “True Devotion”. “The Secret of Mary” is much shorter (only about sixty pages, compared to nearly six hundred), and is also far more direct and pastoral. This work really is a must-read for any who are planning on making the total consecration. EWTN has put the whole work on-line. You can read it [here].
Finally, it would be well worth the money to purchase hard-copies of all these works. You can find them through your local Catholic book store, or on-line through TAN books and other sellers – the preparatory readings and prayers [here], True Devotion [here], and Secret of Mary [here].



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1 posted on 02/19/2012 9:28:32 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: TeĆ³filo; Cronos; wagglebee; dsc; Deo volente; MarkBsnr; Mad Dawg; ArrogantBustard; ...
Hi Folks,

I'm going to be renewing the 33 day consecration this year using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley MIC, starting tomorrow.

I've never looked forward to Lent so much in my life as I am this year. I need a break from the internet, especially from FreeRepublic, and I usually take an "internet fast" each Lent (with varying success.)

But I'm starting my break from FreeRepublic and the internet early this year, starting tomorrow.

See you all at Easter.

2 posted on 02/19/2012 9:33:41 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Folks, JimRob is too nice to put it this way, but if you use FR, and you're not a donor, you're riding in the wagon that other folks are pulling. That's not a Conservative value at all.

We're not talking about a major donation here, $5 a month. How much time do you spend on FR? Isn't that the best deal you've ever run across?

C'mon now, git 'er done, if some ham-n-egger like me can do this (and more) you can too. Donate!

3 posted on 02/19/2012 9:59:56 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

BFL


4 posted on 02/20/2012 2:26:19 AM PST by Hostage (The revolution needs a spark. The Constitution is dead.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Just got this past month, January, the book of total consectration. Will at least read the intro to the book today.


6 posted on 02/20/2012 4:24:23 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: vanilla swirl

Vanilla Swirl,
this is a Catholic Caucus thread. If you are not now an active, practicing Catholic, stay off the thread. Questions on this may be resolved by you asking the Religion Moderator. This most especially includes Lenten devotions. Thank you.


7 posted on 02/20/2012 4:25:03 AM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Doctor,
aside from occasional Lenten devotion posts I plan on, I’ll be doing the same. It’s time, and I need it, and welcome it. May all go well with you and your family this Lent. See you again at Easter, and I think I’ll be joing you in the Total Consecration. God bless.

Dave


8 posted on 02/20/2012 4:27:35 AM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: vanilla swirl; Religion Moderator

This is a Catholic Caucus thread. Unless you are a practicing Catholic please refrain from posting. Religion Moderator, their post should be removed from this thread. Thanks, and a Blessed Lent to you.


9 posted on 02/20/2012 5:58:20 AM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: vanilla swirl

This Religion Forum thread is labeled “Catholic Caucus” meaning if you are not currently, actively Catholic then do not post on this thread.


10 posted on 02/20/2012 6:19:07 AM PST by Religion Moderator
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

Have a good and blessed Lent!


11 posted on 02/20/2012 10:55:34 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
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12 posted on 02/22/2012 3:56:05 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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