- Fr. Andrew Strobl
Marian Consecration: Learn the How and Why
The Second Vatican Council refers to Our Blessed Mother Mary as "our mother in the order of grace." Jesus shares His own mother with us. Just as he came to us through Mary, he invites us to go to Him through Mary. She is our mother because we are one with her Son. Marian consecration is a complete entrusting of ourselves to her maternal care for the purpose of sharing now and forever in the life of Jesus Christ. The Second Vatican Council went on to explain: "This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator" (Lumen Gentium, 62). We entrust our lives, our homes, and our parish to Jesus Christ through consecrating ourselves to Our Blessed Mother Mary. May we share with Our Blessed Mother Mary in the life of Jesus Christ both now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Saint John Paul II, pray for us.