Next Saturday November 10th, 1 of the 14 traveling torches throughout our Diocese honoring our Lady of Guadalupe will be arriving at our parish. The torch will be received at St. Mary’s Church at the 5:00 PM Mass. The torchlight is with the image of our Lady of Guadalupe who is the original light carrier. It was through her womb that light (Jesus) was brought into the world. Both Churches will have the presence of our Lady of Guadalupe and during the weekend Masses we will make our Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. Please see the bulletin and our parish website for the week long activities; the torch and our Lady’s image will be present at all of the activities.
To help prepare our parish and ourselves I would like to consecrate our parish and ourselves to Jesus through Mary.
Link to above PDF Document -> Traveling Torch of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Live Stream – 7:00 PM every night (most nights- on Oct 31st it will be after Mass) – St. Mary Church Live Stream
What is Consecration and Why Do It?
On Nov 10th, at our 5pm Vigil Mass, we will be so honored to receive the Torch of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Father Martin will consecrate our parish, Mary, Mother of the Church Parish to Jesus through Mary. Consecration means to set time aside or give oneself time for a sacred purpose.
The consecration is 33 days of gentle reflection on Jesus’ love for us and how His Mother, Mary, directs us to that love. We will begin the consecration as a parish on October 8th. You can pray the prayers on your own or you can join with Mary, Mother of the Church parish community. We will be gathering at 7pm every night at St. Mary Church, Bordentown and after morning mass in Holy Assumption Church, Roebling. A beautiful book of Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be given to all families after all masses the weekend of October 6th & 7th at both church sites.
Begin the 33-Day
Preparation for Consecration
Now begins the 33-day period of exercises. St. Louis-Marie breaks these days into sections of days, each section having its own prayers, and each particular day having its own brief readings with which to fill the mind for that day (the readings come from Sacred Scripture, “The Imitation of Christ,” and “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary”). Don’t just read the readings, internalize them; don’t let your lips just mouth the prayers, truly pray them.
First comes a 12-day preparation period that consists of emptying oneself of the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Virgin. Hence, the practices suggested by St. Louis De Montfort are renouncement of the world and knowledge of self, of the Blessed Virgin and of Jesus Christ.
The first week focuses on offering up our prayers and devotions for the purpose of coming to understand ourselves and our sins; humility is the key, and the prayers the Litany of the Holy Spirit, the Litany of Loreto, and the Ave Maris Stella help us.
During the second week, we ask the Holy Spirit to help us better understand the Blessed Virgin; we pray the Litany of the Holy Spirit, the Litany of Loreto, the Ave Maris Stella, the prayer to Mary by St. Louis-Marie, and 5 decades of the Holy Rosary each day for assistance.
During the third week, we seek to better understand Christ through meditation and the Litany of the Holy Spirit, the Ave Maris Stella, and the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, Montfort’s prayer to Jesus, and the prayer O Jesus Living in Mary.
For more information on preparation for consecration, our parish hosting of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Traveling Torch and all the events and activities planned please call: Maria Guzman-Paczkowski at 609-403-7154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Consecrating ourselves to Mary means accepting her help to offer ourselves and the whole of humanity to him who is holy, infinitely holy; it means accepting her help—by having recourse to her motherly heart, which beneath the cross was opened to love for every human being, for the whole world—in order to offer the world, the individual human being, humanity as a whole, and all the nations to him who is infinitely holy” (Pope John Paul II May 13, 1982).
If you are unable to come physically to St. Mary’s Church but have access to Wi-Fi, then join
us by going to the parish website: www.mmotcp.org and scroll down to the bottom you will
see ‘St Mary Church Live Stream’ click on that and you are with us!