What is Marian Consecration?
The purpose of a Marian Consecration is to entrust our entire lives, everything we do or say or own to the very competent hands of Our Lady. We show her that we trust her to help us in our journey through life. We give her everthing we are and own to protect and purify. We show her that we want her to guide us and intercede for us.
We give her the good as well as the bad. We offer her our triumphs and failures so that she can use them to help us get closer to her Son and to eternal life in Heaven.
How Does Marian Consecration Work?
Most formal ways of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary consist of reciting certain prayers every day and reflecting on different aspects of the Catholic faith. You can use Saint Louis de Montfort’s method of Marian Consecration. You can use his book Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary directly or another popular book that people use is 33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael E. Gaitley. The one that our family used was Family Consecration to Jesus Through Mary by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle.
Saint Louis de Montfort’s method of Marian Consecration is probably the most popular, however, it’s not the only one. The other widely accepted and used method of Marian Consecration is Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s 9-day Consecration to Mary. You can find out more about that on the official Militia of the Immaculata website.
Should You Encourage Your Children to Consecrate Themselves?
Should you let or even encourage your children to participate in an act of Marian Consecration? Unfortunately there is no simple answer to that question. In fact, it is a bit of a controversial topic.
The generally accepted rule of thumb when it comes to children consecrating themselves is that they have to at least be of the age of reason. This is around about the age of seven. In order to participate in an act of Consecration, you have to be consciously and fully aware of what you are doing. You must be consecrating yourself. Small children will likely not understand exactly what is going on. Therefore, they are not technically eligible to consecrate themselves.
If your child, when you explain to them what an act of Marian Consecration is (Family Consecration to Jesus Through Mary by Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle does a good job of helping with that) then your child can definitely consecrate themselves.
All of the spiritual benefits that accompany total Consecration to Jesus through Mary should be enjoyed by any and all who can obtain those. This includes children who are of the age of reason.
I Have Children Younger Than the Age of Reason. Can They Still Join Prayer Time?
Younger children do not need to be kept away from prayer time if you are in the process of making a Marian Consecration. They can listen to the reflections and join in the prayers if they are able. After the period of reading, reflecting, and praying, there is a formal act of Consecration which involves actually signing a document. This is the only part that children under the age of reason should not participate in.
If you wish to Consecrate your smaller children, then consider using the prayers from Saint John Eudes: Consecrating Our Children to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. You can find out more about that along with the prayers on thelittlestway.com.
Making an act of Marian Consecration is not very difficult. It requires dedication and patience, especially if you plan on doing it as a family. However, the spiritual benefits and special graces you will receive through it will make it worth it in the end.
We need to offer everything we are and all that we have to Jesus. We give our everything to Mary to purify and protect and present to Jesus. She wants nothing more for us than our salvation. We can trust her with our lives. That is why making a Marian Consecration is so important for everyone who is eligible to do so.
For more information on why and how to make a Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, I suggest picking up one or more of the following books.
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