Go to the Virgin Mary: Marian Consecration

Re-double Your Spiritual Efforts Through Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

Biship Daniel Jenky

Biship Daniel Jenky

Saying “the attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment,” Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has called on Catholics of the Diocese of Peoria to increase their devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“We turn to her to protect our country, to guide our leaders, and to turn our hearts to her Son,” said the bishop in a letter released in mid-August.

He specifically suggests that parishes, schools, and families consider a Marian Consecration such as one outlined in a book by Father Michael Gaitly, MIC. The book, “33 Days to Morning Glory.”

Following is the full text of Bishop Jenky’s letter:

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To the Priests, Deacons, Religious Educators, Pastoral Leaders and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria:

My Dear Brothers and Sisters:

I hope that over my 10 years as your bishop, my love for Our Lady, as has yours, has been abundantly clear: I have convoked a number of Rosary Congresses, declared a Year of the Rosary, dedicated a Festival Letter to our Lady as well as countless homilies and talks, I asked that her image as our Mother of Perpetual Help be enshrined in our parishes and schools, even as I re-consecrated our entire diocese to her patronage when I solemnly enthroned her icon in our Cathedral.

I again turn to her and I ask you to do the same.

It has never been easy to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, our Savior warns that the world will hate us if we love Him. The attacks of this world, the flesh and devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment. Several months ago, I asked that we not lose sight of the spiritual nature of this battle when I directed that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel should be invoked at every Sunday Mass for the protection of the Catholic Church in America. I now ask us to re-double our spiritual efforts through devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

The Immaculate Mother of God is the Patroness of the United States and our own Local Church. The Pope has personally consecrated the world to her protection, and that invocation has been renewed by the bishops of our country, as I have done as well for our diocese following the example of Archbishop Schlarman. I encourage each of our parishes, schools, and families to consider a similar devotion to Our Lady. We turn to her to protect our country, to guide our leaders, and to turn our hearts to her Son.

There are many ways to grow in devotion to our Lady. The scriptural meditation of the Rosary is perhaps the finest. Likewise, there are many methods of Marian Consecration.  We are recommending “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Father Michael Gaitly, MIC, to our parishes, schools, CCD and adult education programs.  The traditional 30-day consecration could very appropriately begin in our schools and families in early September in order to culminate on the Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 5.

But no matter what book or formula may be used, I feel it very important that we turn to our Lady to help us and our country during these coming months. We can take comfort that her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Bishop of Peoria

 

 

 

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5 comments to Go to the Virgin Mary: Marian Consecration

  • Br. Christopher Sale

    I love doing all I can do for Our Lady. Yesterday we had a beautiful Rosary Rally here. As a Brother of Padre Pio I plan on doing exactly what Padre Pio told us to do. He said “love the Blessed Mother and make her loved.”

  • L.T. Weiss

    +JMJ+

    Ann Barnhardt at Barnhardt.Biz recommended the following and I agree.

    THE LEONINE PRAYERS TO BE RECITED AFTER MASS

    ALL KNEEL

    Three Hail Marys:
    Priest/Leader: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
    All: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. (x 3)

    One Hail Holy Queen
    All: Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

    Priest/Leader: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
    All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

    Prayer for the Church: (If there is a priest, he says this alone. If no priest, ALL should recite it aloud, together.)

    O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with favor upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, mercifully and graciously hear the prayers which we pour forth for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of our Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    St. Michael Prayer:
    All: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

    Priest / Leader: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
    All: Have mercy on us.

    Priest / Leader: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
    All: Have mercy on us.

    Priest / Leader: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
    All: Have mercy on us.

    God Bless.

  • T.A.George

    Good to see the faith in America is increasing, America needs Almighty God’s blessing and graces more. Encourage the people to be more faithful and devoted. God bless all !!!!

  • TG

    What an awesome bishop. Thank you for being such a good shepherd. If only we had more bishops that would encourage devotions. I started saying the St. Michael prayer after Mass on my own.

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