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.
33 Day Consecration To Jesus Through Mary (November 29, 2017- January 1, 2018)
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONSECRATION
TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
May we the Children's Rosary humbly invite you to participate in a 33 Day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. 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 and members 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 Emeritus Benedict XVI. St. 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 use the 33 days to Morning Glory written by Fr. Gaitley to guide our Consecration. We have been using this material yearly as a means of preparation to January 1st since 2013. 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 St. Teresa of Calcutta and the fourth St. John Paul II. It spends more time in reflection and less on vocal prayers of litanies. From all that I have seen, it has been well received by many. 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 have used the traditional St. Louis de Montfort Consecration prayers but also like this one as well. There is also an App available to do the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration each day.
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. This date is relatively close so this requires immediate action to participate.
Outline of the Plan:
Number 1: Obtain a Consecration book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Gaitley
(books are available to order online and at many bookstores) IMPORTANT: As we do not have much time until the start date of the 33 days of prayer beginning Nov 29th please order your book soon. If you have difficulty getting a book I have some and could send them to you but we simply ask for a donation to cover the shipping expense.
Number 2: Once receiving the book have a general read through the introduction.
Number 3: On Nov 29th begin the first day of prayers and reflections which takes about 10 minutes. Each day is clearly marked in the book.
Number 4: January 1st: Consecration Prayers.
Any questions about the Consecration please contact me. If you have already made a Total Consecration preceding another Marian Feast you could still participate in this Consecration. Please let me know if you are planning to join in (my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you so much!
Please feel free to share this amongst your friends as we would like to have a large unified body making the Consecration.