Consecration to Mary is a spiritual exercise through which we receive graces to strengthen our Catholic spirituality and our ability to better serve Jesus and His Church. When we participate in Marian Consecration exercises, we strive to follow Mary’s example — her willingness to say “yes” to God’s will and to trust in God’s purpose and plan for her — while receiving graces to dedicate ourselves totally to Christ in a way that consecrates us to Him. One of the goals of Consecration is a renewed spirit of evangelization that opens our hearts to a closer personal relationship with Jesus through Mary’s help. People in every age have found that Marian Consecration brings them closer to God in a profound way.
Bishop Ed is inviting everyone in the Diocese to join him in a 33-day preparation period beginning around Sunday, November 5, 2017. The preparation will be culminated with the renewed Consecration to Mary at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the holy day of obligation, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Friday, December 8th at 5:15 PM. This Consecration Mass fulfills the Holy Day obligation. The Consecration could also be made on a parish level. Do not worry if you begin the preparation late or fall behind on chapters. Simply catch up when you are able to do so.
To aid us in preparing for Consecration, Bishop Ed recommends the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, which includes the works of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and Pope St. John Paul II. The daily reading takes only 3-5 minutes and then is pondered during the rest of one’s day. The 33-day preparation can be done alone or in a group. The book is available at a variety of locations.