St. Louis de Montfort: Total Consecration
First, read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," written by St. Louis de Montfort himself and decide for certain whether to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary. Read carefully, and don't take this lightly; consecrating oneself has the character of a vow.
Choose a Day to for Consecration:
Now choose the date of a Marian Feast on which to make the consecration. Whichever Feast you choose will determine the date to begin a 33-day period of spiritual preparation, i.e., you follow spiritual exercises for 33 days, and the next day will be the Marian Feast on which you consecrate yourself.
Because most of our religious orders and confraternities follow the post-conciliar calendar, I list Marian Feasts which are the same on both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars below so that there will be no "issues" for traditionalists who decide to enroll in the confraternity associated with Montfort's Total Consecration:
Marian Feast You've Chosen
Apparition of the Immaculate
Virgin Mary at Lourdes
20 Feb 1
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Our Lady of Guadalupe
1 21 Feb when February has 29 days. The Feast of the Annunciation is the Feast that St. Louis de Montfort recommends most of all as it is this Feast that commemorates God Himself taking on flesh and, thereby, subjecting even Himself to trust in and dependency on Our Lady
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