Consecration Week 2 - Day 1
By: Laura Worhacz
Week 2 theme: "MOTHER OF GOD"
Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7 Pages 49-53
Or pages 63-66 on the online book. You can find the link here:
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Chapter title: The Dignity of the Divine Maternity
"Mary, Mother of Jesus the Son of God." Behold the sublime praise that the Gospel bestows on Mary! Because she was to be the mother of God she was given all sanctifying grace, all honor. When one calls her "Mother of God," one has said everything. Mary came to restore the human race, to restore to motherhood that crown of honor and nobility which Eve lost by her sin. Satan uncrowned our first mother: Mary reinstates her. Mary conceived God; she bore in her virginal womb, the Savior of the world, the source of love.
Behold the strong woman, "the Mother" par excellence. Crown of authority--this, then, is the second privilege of her Divine Maternity! There was also given to Mary a crown of glory. Mary gave birth to the Savior in joy. She knew not the pain of maternity. The Savior in passing through her womb bequeathed his glory, and Mary will be Queen because she has given to the world Jesus Christ, King. She is Queen of the angels, Queen of the Church. This is the honor, the dignity, and the glory of the Divine Maternity: Mary is honored, powerful and glorious in Jesus and by Jesus. She is His Divine Mother!" Abbreviated text
St. Peter Julian Eymard states that one has said everything when one calls Mary, "Mother of God." Mary is Mother of the Church, Mother of the Divine Maternity, Mother of the living Word of God, and Mother of Love. It may seem like a typical title for Week II, Mother of God. However, if we take the words of St. Peter Julian and proclaim them in awe, they will become what he said, everything. Mary is the Mother of God and our Mother. This is personal. This is our life in the Catholic Church. We are blessed to have a Mother. We are called within this upcoming week, week II of this consecration preparation promise, to find ways to stay close to our Mother. This relationship must be nourished by our love as her children. We have the gifts, and we are called to use them. Otherwise, they will be passed on to others. St Peter Julian Eymard pleads with us to find the Eucharistic Jesus to conquer the concupiscence of sin. Jesus is our only hope. The Mother of God helps us find the Eucharistic Jesus.
All devotions should be helping us to find Divine charity. This is the end all that will be before us when we see the face of Jesus. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament will help us find the grace and wisdom of her Son. We pray to Jesus through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament's intercession. We immerse ourselves in the Holy Rosary as her children. We pray the life of Jesus Christ on these beads and then apply the virtues connected to all of the Sacred Mysteries to our own lives. We pray the scriptures when we pray the Most Holy Rosary.
Our consecration will move our hearts to make our Blessed Mother greater known and loved. This love for Mary can only point to the ultimate love, that of her Divine Son in the Blessed Sacrament. We are called to adorn her altars, to make special the great solemnities and feast days devoted to her. We are to unite in a unique fidelity as her consecrated children. We who are called to take a vow, this consecration vow, are called to love more in her name for the glory of the one whom we worship, Jesus Christ.
Proclaim the name, Mother of God. We offer these words in each Hail Mary, "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners." Every time we recite the Hail Holy Queen we say, "Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promise of Christ, amen."
The Promise of the Father has given us a great gift. We thank God by loving Mary and asking her how to love the Son of the Father. This is a small return for a priceless gift.
This week we keep the reflections alive in our heart by way of prayer. We honor this Mother of God as St. Peter Julian Eymard invites us to in the Chapter as a commandment; "Honor thy Father and thy Mother." We honor Jesus by praying to our Mother so that she may intercede for us!
These words are worth repeating from St. Peter Julian:
"Mary gave birth to the Savior in joy. She knew not the pain of maternity. The Savior in passing through her womb bequeathed his glory, and Mary will be Queen because she has given to the world Jesus Christ, King. She is Queen of the angels, Queen of the Church".
Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us.
Make a perpetual promise to recite a spiritual communion prayer if you cannot get to daily Mass. The faith you place in the prayer is the grace you will receive from it. Continue to journal and prepare for a good and humble confession. Think of ways you can become more attentive to your relationship with the Mother of God.
For Week II, to accompany the daily readings, please recite the Litany of the Holy Spirit.
You may choose to continue the Ave Maris Stella and Veni Creator throughout the preparation weeks.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Litany of the Holy Spirit
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Father all powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us.
Holy Spirit, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Holy Spirit, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.
Response: Have mercy on us.
Promise of God the Father,
Ray of heavenly light,
Author of all good,
Source of heavenly water,
Spirit of love and truth,
Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
Spirit of counsel and fortitude,
Spirit of knowledge and piety,
Spirit of the fear of the Lord,
Spirit of grace and prayer,
Spirit of peace and meekness,
Spirit of modesty and innocence,
Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,
Holy Spirit, Who governest the Church,
Gift of God, the Most High,
Spirit Who fillest the universe,
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God,
Holy Spirit, inspire us with the horror of sin.
Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Spirit, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Spirit, engrave Thy law in our hearts.
Holy Spirit, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Spirit, open to us the treasures of Thy graces.
Holy Spirit, teach us to pray well.
Holy Spirit, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Spirit, lead us in the way of salvation.
Holy Spirit, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Spirit, inspire in us the practice of good.
Holy Spirit, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Spirit, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Spirit, be Thou our everlasting reward.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, send us Thy Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.
Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful.
And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
Let us Pray
Grant, O merciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
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