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.
Read Bishop Scharfenberger's Invitation Letter
To aid us in preparing for Consecration, Bishop Ed recommends the book 33 Days to Morning Glory (see special discount information below) 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. Please take note of the following important dates:
- Saturday, November 5: Start date of the book, 33 Days to Morning Glory. (Do not worry if you begin the preparation late or fall behind on chapters. Simply catch up when you can.)
- Thursday, December 8: The RCDA Marian Consecration Mass Event, 12:15 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The preparation will culminate with the renewed Consecration to Jesus through Mary at our cathedral on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (holy day of obligation).
SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Please use promo code doamg at checkout to reduce the price of 33 Days to Morning Glory from $14.95 down to only $5.00!
LIVESTREAM: Join virtually at rcda.org/livestream or find the recording later at your convenience on the diocesan YouTube channel.
PURCHASE LOCALLY: If you wish to purchase the book locally, please visit W.B. O'Connor Inc. Church Goods in Latham, NY.
MAGAZINE BOOKLET: Magazine type booklet versions are available at just the cost of shipping and handling or at no cost if you pick up a copy. Please call Marian Helpers Center at 800-462-7426 for this special offer.
Please contact Renee Morgiewicz with questions or for additional resources for your parish or personal use.