Recently, on Sunday May 6th, our dear Bishop Gregory Parkes of the St. Petersburg, FL. Diocese, consecrated our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Above is the Image that was displayed in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. This was truly a blessed holy hour, and celebration to honor our 50 year anniversary as a diocese. St. Louis de Montfort tells us that consecration to Mary is the shortest route to Jesus.
St. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer of Consecration to Mary
I, (Name), a faithless sinner –
renew and ratify today in thy hands,
O Immaculate Mother,
the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan,
his pomps and works;
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him
all the days of my life,
and to be more faihful to Him
than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court
I choose thee this day,
for my Mother and Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee,
as thy slave, my body and soul,
my goods, both interior and exterior,
and even the value of all my good actions,
past, present and future;
leaving to thee the entire
and full right of disposing of me,
and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God,
in time and in eternity.
I wrote a song of Marian Consecration I wanted to share, “I Am Yours”
This song can be found on the CD, ” A Gift for Our Lady”
I am Yours, my Mother, take me as Your own, Wrap me in Your mantle, shield me from the storm, Use me as a vessel to serve Your only Son, I am Yours, I am Yours
Make my life an offering, a sweet perfume of praise. Just as You, carried Him, Help me take Your Son, to all Men…
Your life was filled with sacrifice. Swords of pain, pierced Your Heart. When I’m tempted, when all feels lost….press me close to Your Son’s cross…..