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What is Marian Consecration?

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As Catholics, we have an incredibly rich spiritual buffet presented to us. Holy Mother Church offers prayers, devotions, liturgies, and traditions that speak to every personality and life stage of her children. One such tradition that has been practiced throughout the centuries is Marian consecration. Consecrating oneself to Our Lady is a profoundly spiritual and impactful path to sanctity.

What is Marian Consecration?

One of the definitions for the word “consecrate” is to “dedicate formally to a religious or divine purpose” (source).

Marian consecration is the act of entrusting one’s body, soul, possessions, works, and entire life to the protection, guidance, and intercession of Our Lady.

The act of entrusting oneself to Mary’s care and intercession is nothing new. Jesus Himself entrusted His beloved disciple, John, to Mary while He was on the Cross (John 19:26-27). The early Christians and Church fathers recognized Mary’s holiness and her significance as the Mother of God. We’ve been asking for Mary’s intercession and intervention in our lives since the beginning of the Church. She is, after all, our mother, too.

A more formal method of consecration to Mary was developed by St. Louis de Montfort in the 1600s. His 33-day prayer consists of short instructions on why one would even consecrate themselves to Mary in the first place (more on that below) and praying the Rosary and other various prayers to Mary and God. This period of prayer culminates in a beautiful prayer of consecration that one makes in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the reception of Holy Communion, ideally on a Marian feast day.

Why Should I Consecrate Myself to Mary?

What’s the point of consecration to Mary, anyway? What if I already have a devotion to Mary, pray the Rosary, and ask for her intercession?

Consecration to Mary is simply a furthering and deepening of our devotion to and relationship with Jesus through Our Lady. If you already have an affection for Mary and talk to her often, consecration is a natural next step. But even you don’t really know Our Lady yet and aren’t convinced of the hype, Marian consecration can be that bridge that unites you to her more deeply.

When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, we give her our entire lives and selves as well as the merits of all our prayers and works in order to belong more fully to Our Lord. We give Mary everything we are and do to present to the Lord and use at her disposal.

Why give Mary everything? Because she’s a good mom. She only wants what’s best for us and for all her children. Mary wants us to know, love, and serve Jesus more. She wants us to get to Heaven even more than we do. She’s invested in our happiness, both temporal and eternal. Mary takes all the good we are and do, adds her grace, and presents us to her Son. The best part? When she presents us to Jesus, in all our littleness and with all our feeble efforts, He does not refuse her, because she never refuses Him.

Can’t I Just Consecrate Myself to God?

Yes! And ultimately, that’s exactly what Marian Consecration accomplishes. When we consecrate our selves to Mary, really we are consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary. They are so intimately united that truly giving ourselves to Mary can lead to nothing but total surrender to God.

By consecrating ourselves to Mary, we leap with faith and joy into the arms of our mom, knowing that she advocates for us, loves us, and wants to see us become saints. We cannot go wrong with Marian Consecration.

Want to learn more about Our Lady, check out these books about her!

What Do I Need to Start My Marian Consecration?

To complete a Marian consecration, you really just need a willing heart. Just begin with a desire to know Jesus more deeply through His Mother.

You’ll probably also want a guide. St. Louis de Montfort’s Preparation for Total Consecration is timeless and has been used for decades.

St. Maximilian Kolbe’s 9-day formal consecration to Mary is also beloved by many.

In more recent years, Fr. Michael Gaitley wrote 33 Days to Morning Glory, which focuses on the Marian spiritualities of four Saints.

I suggest taking a look at each one and praying about which best suits your soul at this time. Again, you can’t go wrong here, so don’t stress too much about which form of consecration you select.

It is customary to renew one’s consecration to Our Lady every year by repeating the 33-day process and ending on the same Marian feast day. You can always select various methods of consecration throughout the years, too!

The Blessed is She Community Marian Consecration

This year, the Blessed is She team is consecrating ourselves and this ministry to the Mother of God. We would love for you to join us if you’re interested!

We are using Fr. Gaitley’s book and will begin on April 28th, finishing our consecration on May 31st, the feast of the Visitation.

The Ultimate Goal of Marian Consecration

We are all called to holiness. God created us to be saints. We are made to know the Lord, to love Him, and to serve Him. Consecrating ourselves to Mary is one way that we grow in that knowledge, love, and service. We allow Mary to take us by the hand and lead us to her Son. She knows, loves, and serves Him best. We have so much to learn from her life, and so much to gain by placing ourselves in her hands.

Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and Our Mother, pray for us!

Have you consecrated yourself to Our Lady? Is your heart stirred to it for the first time? Will you be joining us for this year’s Marian consecration? 

Olivia Spears lives in Kentucky, where sweet tea and bourbon flow like milk and honey. She works from home as an editor and social media manager while raising her children and laughing with her husband. You can find out more about her here.

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10 Comments

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    Christine
    April 28, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Hi there,

    I would love to join the team for the 33-day Marian Consecration!
    I know it would be hard to do this alone, hopefully, I can get some guidance from the team.

    Thank you in advance, God bless!

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    Lindsay Schlegel
    May 14, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I have consecrated myself and renewed it in the past. This year my kids are doing a Marian consecration and I’m renewing mine on May 31 as well! So exciting to find there are more on the journey with us! My story will be up on CatholicMom.com on May 22 🙂

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    Barbara
    April 24, 2019 at 5:50 am

    I don’t know how I missed this. Probably because the time wasn’t right for me until now. Will you be doing it again? I’d love to do this with the BIS community.

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      Lindsay Durrenberger
      April 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Not sure! But you should definitely check out “33 Days to Morning Glory” on your own! 🙂

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        Barbara A Mayer
        May 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm

        I bought the book! Looking forward to the journey.

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    Paige
    April 30, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I know I’m two days late to join the BIS group for Marian Consecration but wanted to see if it was still possible to jump in…
    How do I “sign up?” I have the book and could do it on my own but wanted to get any posts from BIS regarding the consecration.
    LMK. Thanks!! Paige

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      Lindsay Durrenberger
      April 30, 2019 at 11:02 am

      Hi! We did this last year, so if you have the book, go ahead and get started!! You will love it.

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    Jen
    May 25, 2019 at 8:10 am

    I am renewing my consecration this year. I’m starting on Monday, May 27th. I will finish it on the Immaculate Heart of Mary Feast on June 29th. That is also my birthday. I’d love to do it with someone. I’m using 33 Days to Morning Glory.

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    Jen
    May 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I’m planning on reconsecrating myself starting Monday, May 27th and finishing on The Immaculate Heart on June 29th which is also my birthday. I’d love to do it with someone.

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    Her fiat is ours | danilynn
    May 26, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    […] to know Jesus than through his mother, who is also Our Blessed Mother? Marian Consecration is a 33 day period of prayerful preparation before the actual act of consecration. If you have ever seen the chain on my wrist and wondered what it is for, this is it. “St. Louis de Montfort considered himself a “slave” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and, as such, he faithfully wore chains on his arms and feet as a token of his dedication and love for her” (Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, EWTN). I have never taken my chain off, because it is both a reminder and expression of my “holy slavery” to Our Lady. If you would like to briefly read more about what Marian Consecration is, click here: https://blessedisshe.net/the-blog/marian-consecration/ […]

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