Hail, Holy Queen of Heaven and earth; Co-redemptrix with Christ; Mediatrix of all Grace and Mercy; Advocate for the People of God; Woman clothed with the Sun (cf. Rev 12:1); Spouse of the Holy Spirit; and Spiritual Mother of all humanity (cf. Jn 19:26); we, the Apostles of Light of your Immaculate Heart, come before you this day to renew, through, with and in that same glorious Heart, the solemn vows made at our baptism. We firmly reject Satan, the ancient serpent (cf. Rev 12:9), the Father of Lies, and a murderer from the beginning (cf. Jn 8:44), whose head, swollen with pride, shall be crushed beneath your heel (cf. Gen 3:15), and of whose poison cup we refuse to drink; we reject this world and its vanities, of which the devil is prince (cf. Jn 12:31); finally, we reject every form of impurity of mind, body and spirit.
In the presence of the Most High Triune God and His cloud of heavenly witnesses (cf. Heb 12:1-2), the angels and saints, we take you, O Blessed Virgin Mary, as our Spiritual Mother (cf. Jn 19:26); and, taking to heart what has been said of you – “she will meet him as an honourable mother, and will receive him as a wife married of a virgin. With the bread of life…she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made strong in him, and he shall not be moved” (cf. Sir 15:1-2) – we hereby espouse your Immaculate Heart, offering to you, O Mary, our little Hearts, so full of sin and self-love; that you, who cannot and will not be outdone in liberality and generosity, might meet us in the same spirit and offer to us your own Immaculate Heart. Furthermore, may we participate in your own fullness of grace, and be clothed with the myriad virtues that adorn the glorious temple of your Holy Heart. Please obtain for us a deep, ever-increasing spousal intimacy of life with you, in order that by being ever more united with, and conformed to, your Immaculate Heart, we might become increasingly united with, and conformed to, the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Our Lord, Jesus Christ – your Son and our Lord – such that we might adore His Heart with the perfect, unadulterated and immaculate love of your own Immaculate Heart, and thereby be found pleasing in His sight.
Thus, we solemnly entrust and consecrate to you, O Immaculate Virgin Mary, in our abject misery, poverty, weakness, sinfulness and nothingness, everything that we are and have, just as we are, without reserve: body, soul, intellect, will and emotions; all of our interior and exterior goods and possessions; and even the satisfactory, meritorious value of all our good works – past, present and future – for you to dispose of according to the designs of your Immaculate Heart, in anticipation of the promised Triumph of your Immaculate Heart in the Church and the world, and in preparation for the long-awaited establishment of the holy city, the new Jerusalem, that shall come down out of heaven, and through which all creation shall return to the perfect glorification of God, Who shall establish His glorious dwelling amongst men (cf. Rev 21:2-3).
Like lambs led to the slaughter who open not their mouths (cf. Acts 8:32), we place ourselves and the spiritual sacrifice of our prayers, works, joys, and especially our sufferings – of this day and of our entire lives – on the altar of your Immaculate Heart. Please, Holy Mother, unite us and our offerings to Jesus and His perfect offering of Himself, renewed this day and everyday, throughout the world, from the rising of the sun to its setting, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As members of Christ’s Mystical Body and participants in His Royal Priesthood, a dignity and office bestowed upon all the baptized, may our daily participation in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass be the center of our day and the center of our lives. As the true re-presentation of the once-for-all sacrifice accomplished by Christ on Calvary, may we be ever-increasingly aware of this truly awesome reality in which we participate, and by which we are united and sanctified.
Thus, we offer this sacrifice in a profound act of glorification, adoration, gratitude, reparation and supplication to the Most Holy Trinity; for the intentions and the consolation of the Two Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary; for the Church’s solemn recognition and definition of Your Spiritual Motherhood, Mary; for the Holy Father and his intentions; for all bishops, priests, deacons and religious of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; for an increase in vocations to the holy, ministerial priesthood of Christ Jesus; for all God’s priestly people; and for the salvation of all souls until the end of time.
In imitation of Christ, your dearly beloved Son, “the firstborn of all creation” (cf. Col 1:15), we humbly request that the chalice of suffering might be taken from us (cf. Lk 22:42); yet, with Christ and in imitation of you, O Holy Virgin, we ultimately submit our unconditional and irrevocable fiat to the Divine Will, as we echo Christ’s prayer of obedient resignation: “Father, if thou wilt, remove this chalice from me: but yet not my will, but thine be done” (Lk 22:42); and we patiently accept, in advance, those unavoidable crosses and sufferings that the Divine Heart of God, in His infinite and inscrutable wisdom, has pre-ordained for each; understanding that the salvation of the many is contingent upon the sanctification of the few. O Mother and Mediatrix of all Grace and Mercy, may we truly participate in Your fullness of Grace and be clothed with your own heroic virtues of faith, hope, charity, purity, humility, poverty of spirit, littleness, hiddenness, fortitude, and that perfect resignation of will necessary to deny our very selves, pick up our crosses daily, and follow Jesus (cf. Lk 9:23) on the narrow path of evangelical poverty, chastity and obedience; bearing witness to our faith in Christ and His Holy Gospel in all of our thoughts, words and deeds, even to the point of the shedding of our blood, should we be called to wear the holy crown of martyrdom.
And when our mission on this earth has been accomplished, we pray that, through the most powerful intercession of St. Joseph, Universal Patron and Patron of the Dying, we too might be personally escorted, by Jesus and Mary, to the throne of the Thrice Holy Godhead; that the Eternal Father, seeing reproduced in our souls the image of His crucified Christ, might invite us to the Eternal Banquet, the heavenly wedding feast of the Lamb and His Bride, the Church (cf. Rev 19:9). Furthermore, having comprised the humble “heel” of the Mystical Body used by you, Mary, to crush the head of the ancient serpent (cf. Gen: 3:15), may we, one day, make up bright, shining stars in the crown about your Most Immaculate Heart (cf. Rev 12:1). And may we behold He Who is, Who was, and Who shall be for all eternity, participating in the merits of the angels and saints in paradise and in the eternal chorus of praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power and might to our God forever and ever (cf. Rev 7:12). Amen.
Act of Consecration of the Apostles of Light of the Immaculate Heart by Jayson M. Brunelle is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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