How do I consecrate my family to Mary?

By on June 4, 2013

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[Photo credit: goodshepherd.com]

 

It is a grace yet to be discovered!

This is how a theologian Jesuit Fr. Catalino Arevalo described the consecration to Jesus through Mary. And this is exactly what will happen this coming June 8, as all bishops and priests simultaneously consecrate the entire country to the Immaculate Heart at 10 a.m. in all the cathedrals, parishes, shrines and chapels in the Philippines.

Wait, wait..So what does ‘consecrate’  mean?

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[Photo credit: http://www.ffmchodae.org/]

To ‘consecration’ means to ‘set apart for a specific purpose’. For example, a chalice is ‘consecrated’ to hold the blood of Christ during mass. To do this is its only purpose. You cannot just barge in and suddenly use the chalice to hold toyo or suka for lunch. In the same way, once you decide to consecrate your family, you are committing to dedicate your entire family to God’s perfect will for it – which may be entirely at odds with what the family had been doing before.

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[Photo credit: riverstonechurch.tv]

The consecration marks a journey of faith that will totally transform your family and individual life. It is not just a ritual or a few prayers. Wait, it gets better!

How do we prepare?

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[Photo credit: venture.byu.edu]

 

Because it is so awesome, a family consecration cannot just be a single event that you can just forget about. It is best to repeat it yearly.

 

1.)    Talk about it. – As a family, discuss what the family consecration means. Because this is a family commitment – and not just one person’s – encourage everyone, especially younger ones to ask questions, make suggestions. As a family, identify special concerns and intentions to be lifted up during the consecration.

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[Photo credit: Sky Ortigas]

2.)    Decide on a date. – Though it would be ideal to do the family consecration on June 8, the feast of the Immaculate Heart, it would also be significant to do it on the parents’ wedding anniversary or on other important family dates.

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[Photo credit: highrisesociety.com]

3.)    Secure a copy of the family consecration text. – Download here. Make sure everyone has a copy and has read it before the actual day.

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[Photo credit: thegospelcoalition.org]

4.)    Do an act of penance. – On the day of the consecration, as a family do an act of penance. This could be a fast; an alms offering to a charity; lighting of candles in church; going on a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine; visiting sick people in the hospital. This could be discussed beforehand as a family. It would be best to go to mass and confession before praying the act of consecration.

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[Photo credit: jeffereyewestover.com]

5.)    Pray the act of consecration as a family.

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[Photo credit: 1bp.blogspot.com]

6.)    Remember it. – Keep some remembrance of your family consecration visible in your home. It maybe a picture of your family outside the church. You may also hang a picture of the Holy Family in your altar.

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[Photo credit: summitt.ca]

7.)    Renew it. – Every year, renew this commitment and have regular famil y meetings to see how the family is living up to its consecration

 

 

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