The Children's Rosary® is a prayer group movement that was begun out of love for Our Lady and Her Son. Jesus tells us "Truly, I say to you unless you turn and become like children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew 18:3). The Children's Rosary is an effort to begin in parishes rosary prayer groups composed of children and led by children. Through prayer of the Rosary Our Lady will guide our young people while at the same time sanctify families and Parishes.
Photo taken at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington DC
We would like to invite the members of the Children's Rosary to participate in a Consecration to Jesus through Mary beginning November 29th and ending January 1st on the Feast of Mary Mother of God. Our Children’s Rosary groups are Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary at their first meeting but this would be a way to beautifully place our individual families under the protection of Our Blessed Mother who always leads us on the straightest path to her Son. For those of you unfamiliar with Consecration to Jesus through Mary it has been blessed and supported by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI. Blessed John Paul II urged Catholics to make this Act of Entrustment, which involves ten minutes of private prayer daily, for 33 days, in your home. Many may be familiar with Totus Tuus which was John Paul’s papal motto. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally yours" and expressed his personal Consecration to Jesus through Mary.
We would like to again use the 33 days to Morning Glory written by Fr. Gaitley to guide our Consecration. The book has daily reflections with a short prayer. The first week contains reflections from writings of St. Louis de Montfort. The second week has excerpts from St. Maximilian Kolbe; the third Bl. Mother Teresa and the fourth St. John Paul II. It spends more time in reflection and less on vocal prayers of litanies. It was well received last year by many members of the Children's Rosary who joined together for the journey. We even had wonderful reports of children who loved the readings each night, too. While I am recommending we use the 33 Days to Morning Glory, if you would prefer using a different format this would be fine. I myself used the traditional St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers but also enjoy this contemplative approach.
The 33 Day Consecration prayers traditionally precede a Marian Feast and the Feast that we will be saying our Consecration on is January 1st - the Feast of Mary Mother of God. Therefore we will begin our prayers onNovember 29th.
Last year many members of the Children's Rosary participated in this 33 day Consecration. It is always a wonderful practice to renew ones consecration yearly. So we again invite those of you who participated last year to join together again.
An organization called my consecration is offering booklets at a discounted price but only ships in the US and Canada. The link to order the 33 Days to Morning Glory booklet click HERE.