Continuing Consecration: Consecration Retreat Day 33


Welcome to our 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat as we prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.


Today’s Reflection

We arrive now at the beautiful, important step of making our consecration to Mary. Hooray! We made it! May our eyes be unveiled to behold the fruit of this profound act of faith in our lives, and may it have ripple effects in our families for generations to come.

I made my first Marian consecration twenty-five years ago, and its fruits are still blooming in my life. Chief of these have been entering into a personal relationship with Our Lady, experiencing the healing of the wounds around my femininity, and the renewal of my understanding of what it means to be a woman, actively receptive to God and His many graces.

During my first consecration, I memorized the Consecration Prayer of St. Louis de Montfort (on page 137). I’ve prayed it often through the years, especially when an important event is taking place in life and when I need Our Lady’s intercession in a special way.

Some time after my first consecration, I learned a shorter consecration prayer that I love. My young son, Benjamin, and I spent the next few years praying it each morning in the car on the way to school:

Mary, my Queen and my Mother, I give you all of myself.
And to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you my eyes, my ears,
my mouth, my heart, my entire self. Wherefore, oh loving Mother,
as I am your own, keep me and defend me as your property and possession.  Amen.

Benjamin, now a strapping sixteen-year-old, can still recite the prayer by heart. Recently, we’ve taken up the practice of praying it as a family following our post-dinner decade of the Rosary. I can still hear the echo of his little voice as a nine and ten-year-old, sweetly giving himself to Mary.

Some days when I’m in a hurry to get somewhere in the car, I simply pray spontaneously: “Mary, I consecrate myself and my life—all that I have been, all that I am, all that I will become—to your Immaculate Heart. May my life give God glory and may you keep me always under the mantle of your peace and protection.”

However we pray it, whatever “formula” we use, I’m convinced that consecrating ourselves continually to Mary’s Immaculate Heart is one of the most important things we can do. Mary ushered Our Lord Jesus into this world at His first coming, and she will usher Him into our hearts, families, neighborhoods, country and world today if we lovingly and persistently ask. So let us consecrate ourselves today and always to Mary, our beautiful, Immaculate Mother.

To Ponder:  

What fruits am I hoping and praying  for in my life as I complete the consecration?

To Pray:  

Mary, sweetest Mother, remind me always to consecrate myself and my family to you, and may the fruit of this act of faith be abundant in our lives. Amen.

Copyright 2015 Judy Landrieu Klein


About Author

Judy Landrieu Klein is an author, theologian and inspirational speaker whose first book, Miracle Man, chronicles her late husband Bernie's near death experience and miraculous deathbed conversion. Her new book, Mary's Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God, is a imprint book published by Ave Maria Press. Judy shares her insights about the spiritual life at her blog, Holy Hope, at


  1. I love that short sweet consecration prayer!! Thank you Judy for this wonderful reflection.

    I have found a prayer card at the Daughters of St Paul book store, that I will put in my purse to recite often (I know myself too well to commit to daily). Though this is a re-consecration, I have to admit it is probably the most profoundly moving. Maybe it is coming off such a traumatic time in our lives?? Hard to know – just grateful for it – God’s timing is truly always perfect!!

    I will be thinking of all who journeyed with us here at tomorrow evening when I am at Mass, and reciting whichever consecration prayer (leaning towards Fr Gaitley’s) I feel the spirit nudge me to.

    This has been an amazing experience – such a remarkable way to step into the Year of Mercy!!!

    • Allison,
      I agree that the timing of this consecration is most profound. I am quaking inside with expectation about what God is going to do during this Year of Mercy! We will all be journeying hand in hand with Our Lady into the mercy of God! God bless!

  2. Judy, thank you for sharing your experience and devotion from someone who has been through this process and remained committed for such a long time. What beautiful fruit God and Our Lady have created in and through your total devotion. I pray that tomorrow when we each recite our consecration prayers, wherever in the world we may be, that we are united with one another in a unique and special way. Thanks to all who have taken this journey with us! You will all be at my prayers tomorrow at Mass too!

    • Thank you, Lisa. I will lift up all who have joined in the consecration at Mass tomorrow. I can hardly wait to see the fruits of this, and the whole year of mercy. Blessings!

  3. Thank you for this series! Although I wasn’t able to read all 33 days, this series of posts helped me in supplementing the book retreat. It was like having a Militia Immaculata of mothers sharing the journey with me. I will be praying for all of us during mass tomorrow also.

    Judy, I really liked the short prayer you shared and wrote it in a blank page in the Appendix to use for those daily consecration. Thank you!

  4. The fruits I am hoping and praying for with this consecration is protection, not necessarily for me however for my family. It is important to me that we see the nagging, nit picking enemy with eyes wide open and immediately fixate our eyes on Jesus while offering our whole selves to our Holy Mother.
    The past 33 days of following this Marian Consecration has been an introduction for me that I feel has planted a yearning for more. I had a hard time digesting some of the content causing a good stirring of questions and uncertainty that will have my attention throughout this year.

    • Amen, Gina. We must fix our eyes on Christ, especially at this moment in history. And Mary helps us to do just that. Maybe we could have a bit of dialogue here about the questions that came up for people. That would make for a wonderful exchange. Blessings and mercy!

  5. Thank you all for this incredible journey! I don’t know if I would have had the guts to finish it alone. I prayed for you all this afternoon at Mass and I felt our connection as mothers on the march, as it were. I am excited to delve this much deeper into our faith and add a whole new dimension to my spirituality and relationship with Jesus and Mary. I have appreciated the insights and wisdom of all of the contributors, your witness to the power of this consecration has been so inspiring. I’ve already got a note in my calendar to remind me to start my renewal next year.

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