Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Part IV
THEME: KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST
During this period we shall apply ourselves to the study of Jesus Christ. What is to be studied in Christ?
First the God-Man, His grace and glory; then His rights to sovereign dominion over us; since, after having renounced Satan and the world, we have taken Jesus Christ for our Lord.
Second, His interior life; namely, the virtues and acts of His Sacred Heart; His association with Mary in the mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation, during His infancy and hidden life, at the feast of Cana and on Calvary.
St. Matthew: Chapter 26: 1; 26-29; 36-46
The Conspiracy against Jesus
Jesus had now finished all he wanted to say, and he told his disciples, It will be Passover, as you know, in two days time, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.
The institution of the Eucharist
Now as they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and when he had said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples. Take it and eat; he said, This is my body. Then he took a cup, and when he had returned thanks, he gave it to them. Drink all of you from this, he said for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. From now on, I tell you, I shall not drink wine until the day I drink the new wine with you in the kingdom of my Father.
Then Jesus came with them to a small estate called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, Stay here while I go over there to pray. He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And sadness came over him, and great distress. Then he said to them, My sould is sorrowful to the point of death. Wait here and keep awake with me. And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. My Father, he said, if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it. He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, So you had not the strength to keep awake with me one hour? You should be awake, and praying not to be put to the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Again, a second time, he went away and prayed: My Father, he said, if this cup cannot pass by without my drinking it, your will be done! And he came again back and found them sleeping, their eyes were so heavy. Leaving them there, he went away again and prayed for the third time, You can sleep on now and take your rest. Now the hour has come when the Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up! Let us go! My betrayer is already close at hand.
Now offer these prayers (for Days 20-26) found at the Rosary Army’s Total Consecration/Daily Prayers
An audio version of today’s readings, reflections and prayer can be found at the Rosary Army’s Total Consecration/Audio
For those choosing the option of preparing for consecration using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Morning Glory,” you can order his book HERE.
Consecration Chain Bracelet by St. Louis de Montfort
St. Louis de Montfort strongly recommended, after his own example and that of many other saints, that those who complete the 33-day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary and make the Act of Total Consecration should wear an outward sign as a reminder and expression of their “holy slavery” to Our Lady in the form of a chain.
St. Louis de Montfort wrote, “It is very praiseworthy and helpful for those who have become slaves of Jesus in Mary to wear, in token of their slavery of love, a little chain blessed with a special blessing … I cannot help but give the warmest approval to those who wear them. They show they have shaken off the shameful chains of the slavery of the devil, in which original sin and perhaps actual sin had bound them and have willingly taken upon themselves the glorious slavery of Jesus Christ. Like St. Paul, they glory in the chains they wear for Christ.”
You can order your own Consecration Chain HERE.