Consecration to Mary
O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.
We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country.
We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion.
We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.
We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.
We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do.
Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole-heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven. so on earth. Amen.
Throughout two millennia, Mary has gone by many names. For sailors she was Star of the Sea; for contemplatives, a Mystical Rose; for students, Good Counsel; and for those in pain, Health of the Sick. No matter what you call Mary, she will always be Perpetual Help. Lately, we have needed her help more than ever before.
Scripture informs us that Jesus’ first miracle was accomplished for desperate newlyweds at their dinner reception. Perhaps before water was blushed into wine, the first miracle was in fact that this couple chose to invite Mary and Jesus into the beginning of their life together.
Mary’s perpetual help offers constant hope. Contemporary spiritual author, Father Ron Rolheiser writes that Mary turns hope into reality. Mary’s hope is not just about optimism or good feelings about the future. Mary’s hope sees beyond world events and life situations into the presence and promise of God.
Mary’s hope comes from her trust in God. In one sense, the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary was incomplete. Mary did not know the full picture, the whole story. All Mary had were two angelic truths: She did not have to be afraid (Do not be afraid, Mary!), and God’s promise would be with her (the Holy Spirit will overshadow you!). Pledged with this comfort, she could and would endure many hardships. And so shall we….
Like Mary, we do not know all the details of our life or the end of our life story. But like Mary we are given gifts from God. God is with us; we do not have to be afraid. This is hope become real.
Whatever the title, whatever our situation, Mary will always be Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and an eternal source of hope.
Father Daniel Francis, C.Ss.R