Volume II Appendix III:
Baptiste’s Version of Saint Louis De Montfort’s
‘Consecration to Jesus Through Mary’
The “Crown” of the Catholic Church’s Marian Devotion in a Theologically Precise and Ecumenically Sensitive Format Which Should Be Unoffensive to Protestant Christians and Which May Draw Them (and Catholic Christians) Deeper into the Holy Mysteries of the Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Body of Christ the Church
My own personal development of Saint Louis de Montfort’s Christian devotion of “consecration to Jesus through Mary” (promoted by Pope John Paul II) incorporates a more developed understanding of the Holy Trinity, the Incarnation (enfleshment) of God the Son in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the “profound mystery” (see Ephesians 5:22-32) of the Body of Christ the Church, as described in detail in this book (So That The World May Believe Volume II: Who Is Mary in the Church?), wherein I pray:
“Mary, my mother and Queen, and ‘neck’ of the Body; Jesus, my brother and King, and Head of the Body; Great High Father of Jesus the Only-Begotten Son: In the Holy Spirit whose indwelling makes me also a member of the Body of Christ I consecrate myself to you – I offer you all my life, all my love, all my service, all my suffering, and any small merit that is mine for freely cooperating with the empowering Grace of the Holy Spirit who indwells me
(that Holy Spirit who is “spouse” of you, Mary my mother and Queen, who overshadowed you who then bore Jesus and are now the first merely human member of the Body to live fully (body and soul) in Heaven the life of the Holy Spirit; that Holy Spirit of You, Jesus my human and Divine Lord and King, who overshadowed Your human mother to make You human while remaining Divine; that Holy Spirit of You, my Divine Father, who is the love proceeding between You and Your Divine Son in the Mystery of the Holy Trinity of Love – that same Holy Spirit of supernatural adoption [Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6] who proceeds from the Father [John 15:26], who indwells me and makes me a child of God the Father [John 1:12-13]).
I pray that you (Mary my Queen, Jesus my King, Great High Father of Love) through the Holy Spirit whose life you share and who also indwells me, will lovingly guide and guard my life which I offer to you; I know that you will accept all my love which I offer to you and return it beyond my ability to contain; I pray you will clearly direct my service to you as my Queen, my King, and my High Father; I thank you that all my suffering which I offer to you is not wasted or meaningless but, since I am a member of the Body of Christ together with Mary the ‘Neck’ and Christ the Head, my suffering participates in the sufferings of Christ the Head for the redemption of the world, “making up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of His Body, the Church” (Colossians 1:24); I ask you Mary, as Mediatrix of All Graces because you are the ‘neck’ of the Body of Christ and interceding Queen of the Kingdom (as the Queens of Israel interceded for the subjects of the Kingdom with the Kings their sons), on behalf of Jesus your Son and your King and Head of the Body, and through Him on behalf of His High Father, to take any small merit of mine (for, as a member of the Body, freely cooperating with the Grace of the Holy Spirit which enlivens the Body), and distribute it throughout the Body of Christ and the world beyond as your Son and King and His Father direct you, wherever you and your Son and His Father see it has the most need of further Graces.”
Please note that the completely optional and non-obligatory “consecration to Jesus through Mary” is the highest form or “crown” of all Catholic Marian devotions, but it is not about Mary in any way that interferes with a Christian’s relationship with Jesus as Protestants worry about. Rather, by including Mary in this prayer together with God, because of her pivotal role in the Church as the first member of the Body of Christ, the central Christian mysteries of the Trinity and the Incarnation are remembered and clarified and our important role as individual members of that one Body of Christ is emphasized. Our participation in that Body which includes Mary the ‘neck’ and Jesus the Head, our participation with Mary the first merely human member of that one Body of Christ, Head and Members, which lives, loves, and suffers for the redemption of the world (see Colossians 1:24), is emphasized.
© 2008 Peter William John Baptiste SFO
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