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Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson introduces our Spiritual Direction Special + Consecration to Jesus through Mary continues through to Aug 22. Link here for prayers / reflections.

Daily Excerpts from St. Louis de Montfort with links to prayers: Litany to the Holy Spirit, Litany to Our Lady, Ave Maris Stella, 5 decades of the Holy Rosary

QUICK NOTES ON THE ABOVE VIDEO:

NOTES ON TODAY’S VIDEO: SUMMER SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PREVIEW for SUBSCRIBERS TO THE RHP NEWSLETTER [First Edition]


  • Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson returns with some notes for the Rosary Hour Podcast Newsletter on the value of reading as listening & its ties to the virtue of obedience.

  • This short is followed by a quick montage of highlights from Padre Nuno Rocha’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination Solemn Mass celebration, homily by Archbishop D. José Cordeiro, the Archbishop of Braga. Note: Padre Nuno’s Rosary main prayer videos (“Hail Mary” / “Pai Nosso”) will be released before July 30th to support World Youth Day delegates from 150 countries worldwide to unite in prayer of the Rosary in Portuguese. (EM BREVE). The rest of the prayers will go up by Sept. 15, 2023 during the Festival of Our Lady of Das Dores.

  • Dr. Josephine Lombardi, St. Augustine’s Seminary, and Fr. Charles answer, “What is Spiritual Direction?” as a quick preview to our upcoming notes on Spiritual Direction for the Christmas Holidays through our consecration journey #1 to the Baby Jesus. [Updated Oct. 13/March 11, 2024]. See https://theholyrosary.substack.com.

  • Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for updates here: https://www.youtube.com/@travessadasenrahousepress


QUICK NOTES ABOUT THIS CONTINUED 33-DAY CONSECRATION:

  • St. Louis de Montfort was born in Brittany on January 31, 1673

  • His book True Devotion instructs that we can come to a closer union with Christ by living our lives via total consecration to Jesus & His Blessed Mother.

Below is our podcast’s humble effort to encourage our readers, their friends, relations, parishes to join in this “True Devotion” now:

  • it can be continued this evening (Days 13-19 are August 1-9) with a focus on Knowledge of the Self.

  • Subscribe to get updates to Download the upcoming GOOGLE DOC which will contain the videos that are below. Scroll past Days 13-19 to see Days 1-12 if you wish to begin this consecration.


THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST NEWSLETTER, 3rd EDITION


FOR:

“It was through the blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world” (True Devotion, “Introduction”, Point 1 of 273)

“Foi pela Santíssima Virgem Maria que Jesus Cristo veio ao mundo, e é também por ela que deve reinar no mundo.” (TRATADO DA VERDADEIRA DEVOÇÃO, PDF: DOWNLOAD)


PART III: CONSECRATION FOR AUGUST 22 CONTINUED

  • Day 34 is August 22nd, 2023. Use the day-to-day schedule.

    • NOTE: We’ve moved Days 1-19 to the end of this post for easy scrolling. These days are reset for Sept. 15 Consecration Day.


KNOWLEDGE of OUR LADY


Prayer to Mary, the Mother of God, by St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father!

Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son!

Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost!

Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul!

Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice.

But I am not yet sufficiently thine.

I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others.

If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine.

Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.

May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind;

may thy profound humility take the place of my pride;

may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination;

may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence;

may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine;

may thy virtues take the place of my sins;

may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me.

Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will;

that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord;

that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures.

It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest.

Such is, O heavenly Mary, the "best part," which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee--and this thought fills my heart with joy.

As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants.

The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say:

Amen, So be it--to all that thou didst do while on earth;

Amen, so be it--to all that thou art now doing in Heaven;

Amen, so be it--to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.


August 8 - 20th Day, Luke Chapter 2, 16-21; 42-52;

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


August 9 - 21st Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

A TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN IS INDISPENSABLE

23. The difficulty, then, is how to arrive at the true knowledge of the most holy Virgin and so find grace in abundance through her. God, as the absolute Master, can give directly what he ordinarily dispenses only through Mary, and it would be rash to deny that he sometimes does so. However, St Thomas assures us that, following the order established by his divine Wisdom, God ordinarily imparts his graces to men through Mary. Therefore, if we wish to go to him, seeking union with him, we must use the same means which he used in coming down from heaven to assume our human nature and to impart his graces to us. That means was a complete dependence on Mary his Mother, which is true devotion to her.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.

  6. Pray the Chaplet today with our founding Spiritual Director, Fr. Anthony Gramlich prays the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy in this app:

According to Pope John Paul II, "There is nothing that man needs more than Divine Mercy." Moreover, Pope Benedict XVI said, "Devotion to Divine Mercy is not a secondary devotion, but an integral dimension of a Christian's faith and prayer." Get this app (available on the Google Play Store, Amazon App Store and Apple App Store), and discover why the message of Divine Mercy is the largest grassroots movement in the history of the Catholic Church. Divine Mercy — Love it. Live it. Tell a friend.

August 10 - 22nd Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

WHAT PERFECT DEVOTION TO MARY CONSISTS IN

A. SOME TRUE DEVOTIONS TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

24. There are indeed several true devotions to our Lady. I do not intend treating of those which are false.

25. The first consists in fulfilling the duties of our Christian state, avoiding all mortal sin, performing our actions for God more through love than through fear, praying to our Lady occasionally, and honouring her as the Mother of God, but without our devotion to her being exceptional.

26. The second consists in entertaining for our Lady deeper feelings of esteem and love, of confidence and veneration. This devotion inspires us to join the confraternities of the Holy Rosary and the Scapular, to say the five or fifteen decades of the Rosary, to venerate our Lady's pictures and shrines, to make her known to others, and to enroll in her sodalities. This devotion, in keeping us from sin, is good, holy and praiseworthy, but it is not as perfect as the third, nor as effective in detaching us from creatures, or in practising that self-denial necessary for union with Jesus Christ.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


August 11 - 23rd Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

B. THE PERFECT PRACTICE OF DEVOTION TO MARY

[1. What it consists in]

28. Chosen soul, this devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through her, and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary, and for Mary. Let me explain this statement further.

29. We should choose a special feast-day on which to give ourselves. Then, willingly and lovingly and under no constraint, we consecrate and sacrifice to her unreservedly our body and soul. We give to her our material possessions, such as house, family, income, and even the inner possessions of our soul, namely, our merits, graces, virtues and atonements. Notice that in this devotion we sacrifice to Jesus through Mary all that is most dear to us, that is, the right to dispose of ourselves, of the value of our prayers and alms, of our acts of self- denial and atonements. This is a sacrifice which no religious order would require of its members. We leave everything to the free disposal of our Lady, for her to use as she wills for the greater glory of God, of which she alone is perfectly aware.

30. We leave to her the right to dispose of all the satisfactory and prayer value of our good deeds, so that, after having done so and without going so far as making a vow, we cease to be master over any good we do. Our Lady may use our good deeds either to bring relief or deliverance to a soul in purgatory, or perhaps to bring a change of heart to a poor sinner.

31. By this devotion we place our merits in the hands of our Lady, but only that she may preserve, increase and embellish them, since merit for increase of grace and glory cannot be handed over to any other person. But we give to her all our prayers and good works, inasmuch as they have intercessory and atonement value, for her to distribute and apply to whom she pleases. If, after having thus consecrated ourselves to our Lady, we wish to help a soul in purgatory, rescue a sinner, or assist a friend by a prayer, an alms, an act of self-denial or an act of self-sacrifice, we must humbly request it of our Lady, abiding always by her decision, which of course remains unknown to us. We can be fully convinced that the value of our actions, being dispensed by that same hand which God himself uses to distribute his gifts and graces to us, cannot fail to be applied for his greatest glory.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


August 12 - 24th Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

32. I have said that this devotion consists in adopting the status of a slave with regard to Mary. We must remember that there are three kinds of slavery. There is, first, a slavery based on nature. All men, good and bad alike, are slaves of God in this sense. The second is a slavery of compulsion. The devils and the damned are slaves of God in this second sense. The third is a slavery of love and free choice. This is the kind chosen by one who consecrates himself to God through Mary, and this is the most perfect way for us human beings to give ourselves to God, our Creator.

33. Note that there is a vast difference between a servant and a slave. A servant claims wages for his services, but a slave can claim no reward. A servant is free to leave his employer when he likes and serves him only for a time, but a slave belongs to his master for life and has no right to leave him. A servant does not give his employer a right of life and death over him, but a slave is so totally committed that his master can put him to death without fearing any action by the law. It is easy to see, then, that no dependence is so absolute as that of a person who is a slave by compulsion. Strictly speaking, no man should be dependent to this extent on anyone except his Creator. We therefore do not find this kind of slavery among Christians, but only among Muslims and pagans.

34. But happy, very happy indeed, will the generous person be who, prompted by love, consecrates himself entirely to Jesus through Mary as their slave, after having shaken off by baptism the tyrannical slavery of the devil.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


August 13 - 25th Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

[2. The excellence of this practice of devotion]

35. I would need much more enlightenment from heaven to describe adequately the surpassing merit of this devotional practice. I shall limit myself to these few remarks: 1. In giving ourselves to Jesus through Mary's hands, we imitate God the Father, who gave us his only Son through Mary, and who imparts his graces to us only through Mary. Likewise we imitate God the Son, who by giving us his example for us to follow, inspires us to go to him using the same means he used in coming to us, that is, through Mary. Again, we imitate the Holy Spirit, who bestows his graces and gifts upon us through Mary. "Is it not fitting," remarks St Bernard, "that grace should return to its author by the same channel that conveyed it to us?"

36. 2. In going to Jesus through Mary, we are really paying honour to our Lord, for we are showing that, because of our sins, we are unworthy to approach his infinite holiness directly on our own. We are showing that we need Mary, his holy Mother, to be our advocate and mediatrix with him who is our Mediator. We are going to Jesus as Mediator and Brother, and at the same time humbling ourselves before him who is our God and our Judge. In short, we are practising humility, something which always gladdens the heart of God.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


August 14 - 26th Day, “The Secret of Mary” (St. Louis de Montfort)

37. 3. Consecrating ourselves in this way to Jesus through Mary implies placing our good deeds in Mary's hands. Now, although these deeds may appear good to us, they are often defective, and not worthy to be considered and accepted by God, before whom even the stars lack brightness. Let us pray, then, to our dear Mother and Queen that having accepted our poor present, she may purify it, sanctify it, beautify it, and so make it worthy of God. Any good our soul could produce is of less value to God our Father, in winning his friendship and favour, than a worm-eaten apple would be in the sight of a king, when presented by a poor peasant to his royal master as payment for the rent of his farm. But what would the peasant do if he were wise and if he enjoyed the esteem of the queen? Would he not present his apple first to her, and would she not, out of kindness to the poor man and out of respect for the king, remove from the apple all that was maggoty and spoilt, place it on a golden dish, and surround it with flowers? Could the king then refuse the apple? Would he not accept it most willingly from the hands of his queen who showed such loving concern for that poor man? "If you wish to present something to God, no matter how small it may be," says St Bernard, "place it in the hands of Mary to ensure its certain acceptance."

38. Dear God, how everything we do comes to so very little! But let us adopt this devotion and place everything in Mary's hands. When we have given her all we possibly can, emptying ourselves completely to do her honour, she far surpasses our generosity and gives us very much for very little. She enriches us with her own merits and virtues. She places our gift on the golden dish of her charity and clothes us, as Rebecca clothed Jacob, in the beautiful garments of her first-born and only Son, Jesus Christ, which are his merits, and which are at her disposal. Thus, as her servants and slaves, stripping ourselves of everything to do her honour, we are clad by her in double garments - namely, the garments, adornments, perfumes, merits and virtues of Jesus and Mary. These are imparted to the soul of the slave who has emptied himself and is resolved to remain in that state.

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella

  5. Try going to Holy Mass, or recite an act of spiritual communion before the tabernacle, and try to add the 3:00 prayer daily.


KNOWLEDGE of JESUS CHRIST [Incomplete]


August 15 - 27th Day - FESTA - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

39. 4. Giving ourselves in this way to our Lady is a practice of charity towards our neighbour of the highest possible degree, because in making ourselves over to Mary, we give her all that we hold most dear and we let her dispose of it as she wishes in favour of the living and the dead.


August 16 - 28th Day

40. 5. In adopting this devotion, we put our graces, merits and virtues into safe keeping by making Mary the depositary of them. It is as if we said to her, "See, my dear Mother, here is the good that I have done through the grace of your dear Son. I am not capable of keeping it, because of my weakness and inconstancy, and also because so many wicked enemies are assailing me day and night. Alas, every day we see cedars of Lebanon fall into the mire, and eagles which had soared towards the sun become birds of darkness, a thousand of the just falling to the left and ten thousand to the right. But, most powerful Queen, hold me fast lest I fall.


August 17 - 29th Day

Keep a guard on all my possessions lest I be robbed of them. I entrust all I have to you, for I know well who you are, and that is why I confide myself entirely to you. You are faithful to God and man, and you will not suffer anything I entrust to you to perish. You are powerful, and nothing can harm you or rob you of anything you hold."


August 18 - 30th Day

"When you follow Mary you will not go astray; when you pray to her, you will not despair; when your mind is on her, you will not wander; when she holds you up, you will not fall; when she protects you, you will have no fear; when she guides you, you will feel no fatigue; when she is on your side, you will arrive safely home" (Saint Bernard).


August 19 - 31st Day

And again, "She keeps her Son from striking us; she prevents the devil from harming us; she preserves virtue in us; she prevents our merits from being lost and our graces from receding." These words of St Bernard explain in substance all that I have said. Had I but this one motive to impel me to choose this devotion, namely, that of keeping me in the grace of God and increasing that grace in me, my heart would burn with longing for it.


August 20 - 32nd Day

Read Revelation.


August 21 - 33rd Day

Final Day of Consecration

Read Revelation


August 22 - Consecration Day on the Queenship of Our Lady


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RENOVATED CONSECRATION DATES:

POST ARCHIVE 9 AUGUST, 2023


LOVE OF ETERNAL WISDOM


FRENCH: “Je veux que les dévots de mon Rosaire aient la grâce et la bénédiction de mon Fils pendant leur vie, à leur mort, et après leur mort, et qu'ils soient affranchis de toutes sortes d'esclavages et qu'ils soient des rois, qu'ils aient la couronne sur la tête, le sceptre à la main et la gloire éternelle.”

ENGLISH: I want the devotees of my Rosary to have the grace and blessing of my Son during their life, at their death, and after their death, and that they be freed from all kinds of slavery and that they be kings, that they have the crown on their heads, the scepter in their hands and eternal glory.” (40th Rose)

SPANISH: Quiero que los devotos de mi Rosario obtengan la gracia y bendición de mi Hijo durante su vida, en la hora de la muerte y después de ella. Quiero que se vean libres de todas las esclavitudes y sean reyes verdaderos, con la corona en la cabeza y el cetro en la mano y alcancen la vida eterna. [O Segrado, PDF]

PORTUGUESE: Quero que os devotos do meu Rosário tenham a graça e a bênção do Meu Filho durante a sua vida, na sua morte e após a sua morte, e que sejam libertados de todo o tipo de escravidão e que sejam reis, que tenham a coroa na cabeça, o cetro nas mãos e a glória eterna.


[ARCHIVE] CONSECRATION DAYS 1-12


Twelve Preliminary Days: A Guide to the 33-Day Consecration to Jesus through Mary (First Edition Compiled by the Rosary Hour Podcast Team and Edited by Amelia, Member of Children’s Rosary ®)


THEME #1 — THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD: PRAYER, RENOUNCEMENT of WILL, MORTIFICATION, PURITY of HEART

  • The segment of the Gospel suggested by St. Louis de Montfort as the scriptural focus for Part 1 of the 33-Day Total Consecration is expanded upon in Bishop Barron’s sermon below.

  • de Montfort suggests Matthew 5, 6, 7 because it brings us to the conditions through which we might:

    • “contemplate God in Heaven”,

    • “see Him on earth” and

    • “know Him by the light of Faith”

  • (pg. 1, Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, Montfort Publications)


NEW TO A 33-DAY CONSECRATION?


Read the following post from Feb. 21 contributed by Guest Author, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle.

If you already read this, skip to the rest of the post which provides scripture / prayers / videos for the next 12 days (including today).


NOTE: If you missed the first day of this consecration yesterday, you can catch up with this post!

  • To remember, try setting an alarm reminder on your phone right now to make time for a morning slot / evening slot that allows you to add these simple prayers to your regular Rosary / Devotion.

  • All materials needed for the first segment are below, and parents / children can also visit Dr. Blythe Kaufman’s website on Child Consecration here for more resources:

https://childconsecration.com/

  • Mark a hard-copy of your Calendar Consecration Day:

    • SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

Thank you for reading The Rosary Hour Podcast Newsletter & for uniting in prayer. God bless.

The Rosary Hour Podcast Team


CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH OUR LADY: 34 DAYS TO LOVE


Tonight, one can complete Days 1 & 2 of 34 Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

STEP 1: Review Day 1 below

STEP 2: Proceed to Day 2 and continue. Ponder "Matthew 5, 6, 7" as St. Louis de Montfort recommends! Use this RHP Resource through July 31 with your regular Rosary Devotion until Aug 21.

STEP 3: Find a guide that you prefer for Days 13-34, or use the PDF in the Digital Toolkit for Rosary Leaders. Subscribe others to this Newsletter to get the link.


The First Day: AUGUST 13, 2023


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

  • Veni Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God's hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts o'erflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

  • Ave Maris Stella

Hail, bright star of ocean, 
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave 
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.

Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus,
Joy forevermore.

Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.


  • Pray — One to Five Decades of the Holy Rosary:

    • One decade is sufficient for very young children who can pray one decade every day for 33-days with Fr. Peter and Amelia using this video:


  • Short Catch-up reading from the Gospel of Matthew:

5, Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


DAY 2: AUGUST 14th (VIGIL)


The Second Day

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

Veni Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry, O heavenly gift of God Most High, O fount of life and fire of love, and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known; Thou, finger of God's hand we own; Thou, promise of the Father, Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above, and make our hearts overflow with love; with patience firm and virtue high the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread, and grant us Thy peace instead; so shall we not, with Thee for guide, turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow the Father and the Son to know; and Thee, through endless times confessed, of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be glory given, with Thou, O Holy Comforter, henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Ave Maris Stella

Hail, bright star of ocean, 
God's own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave 
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva's name.

Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus,
Joy forevermore.

Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.


SCRIPTURE: Salt and Light

  • 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

    14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.


The Third Day (33-Day Consecration) - AUGUST 15th, 2023

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:

OPEN YOUR BIBLE TO VERSES 17-38


Fourth Day (33-Day Consecration)

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5: 38-48

Eye for Eye

38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[h] 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Fifth Day (33-Day Consecration), AUGUST 16

Giving to the Needy

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


Sixth Day (33-Day Consecration) - AUGUST 17

SCRIPTURAL FOCUS:

Meditate on “The Lord’s Prayer”

Matthew Chapter 6 (5-14)

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


  • Journal: What does this prayer mean?

  • Video: take notes from Bishop Barron’s study of this prayer, which is updated on the Word on Fire App.

  • NOTE: Bishop Barron develops his teachings on the Our Father in a more recent sermon here:


Seventh Day (33-Day Consecration) - AUGUST 18

Matthew 6 (16-18)

16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


Eighth Day (33-Day Consecration) - AUGUST 19

SCRIPTURE: “Treasures in Heaven”

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.


Ninth Day (33-Day Consecration) - AUGUST 20

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Tenth Day (33-Day Consecration), AUGUST 21

pick the scripture from Matthew 6/7


Eleventh Day (33-Day Consecration), pick the scripture from Matthew 7 - AUG 22

Twelfth Day (33-Day Consecration), pick the scripture from Matthew 7 - AUG 23

When we open ourselves to this “Marian” receptivity, we allow our own heart and life to become “good soil” for the seed of the Word, which is ultimately Jesus Christ himself, who comes to us and pours his love into our hearts. ~ Joshua Elzner, Excerpt from https://atthewellspring.com/day-12-a-home-for-the-trinity/

The First 12 Days are finished. Proceed to Days 13-19.

MUSINGS for DAYS 13-19

COMING SOON, by: THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST

EXCERPT

AUGUST IS THE MONTH OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY


This next step in the consecration invites us to develop a desire for new heart like the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and thus as we begin the month of August dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we can reflect upon the Heart God asks we aspire to so we might become like Our Lady.

We also invite you, for the remainder of the consecration to read Chapter 1 of The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church [Download Chapter 1 here]. Download the entire book here: https://maryourhelp.org/e-books/marian-ebooks/glories_of_mary.pdf


INTRODUCTION TO “KNOWLEDGE OF THE SELF” by: THE ROSARY HOUR PODCAST, COPYRIGHT 2023 by TRAVESSA DA SENRA HOUSE PRESS in PORTO, PORTUGAL. EDITED BY IZZY

KNOWLEDGE OF SELF (13th to 19th Day): TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH THE HANDS OF MARY


August 24 - 13th Day

REFLECTION: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor

“The Queen of Mercy

Because Mary is ready to help us in our weakness, the Church calls her, “Mother of Mercy.” She pours out mercy because “Queen signifies compassion towards the needy” (St. Albert the Great). Kings must do works of mercy but, they must also punish the guilty. Mary is not a Queen of Justice, who punishes the guilty. She is a Queen of Mercy, intent on pardoning sinners. “The Kingdom of God was divided into justice and mercy. The Lord reserved justice for himself and yielded the mercy to Mary. He ordered that all mercy would pass through her hands”. (John Gersen). St. Thomas confirms this, “When the Blessed Virgin brought forth the Eternal Word, she obtained half of the Kingdom of God. She is Queen of Mercy. Jesus is King of Justice.” The Father made Jesus the universal Judge of the world. “Give Justice to the King’s Son” (Ps 122:2) Bonaventure wrote, “Give your judgment to the King, Oh God, and mercy to His mother, the Queen.” We sinners must rejoice because our Queen overflows with mercy. “O Mary, you are full of mercy and compassion. God has anointed you with the oil of gladness.” (St. Bonaventure)

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella: See the lyrics in the score below, but apply the melody taught by Bishop Keenan. Scroll to the end of this post for Latin.


August 25 - 14th Day - REFLECTION: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor

No One is Deprived How great our confidence in her! We know her power with God to gain us mercy. Our Lady said to St Bridget, “I am the Queen of heaven and the Mother of Mercy. I am the door that leads sinners to God. No sinner is deprived of my mercy. No one (except those already in hell) is so cast off by God that he will not return if he invokes my aid. I am the Mother of Mercy. A soul who could have invoked me and did not, will be miserable for all eternity.”

Let us go to Mary to be certain of our salvation. Let us remember that Mary is the Queen of Mercy. She helps even the most abandoned sinners who invoke her. In heaven, these sinners are her crown.

“You shall be delivered from the dens of lions” (Song 4:8) These dens are the hearts of sinners, the home of frightful sins.

“O Mary, the salvation of sinners will form a crown worthy of the Queen of Mercy.” (Abbot Rupert)

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


August 26 - 15th Day - REFLECTION: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor

Mary’s clients call her “Mother”, seemingly unable to use any other name. She is truly Mother of our souls and of our salvation. Sin deprives our souls of the life of grace which Jesus came to restore by His cross. He said, “I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10) His redemption far exceeds the injury of Adam’s sin. By reconciling us, He became the Father of our souls. “He shall be called the Father of the world to come.” (Is. 9:6) If Jesus is the Father of our souls, then Mary is the mother. Two Occasions Mary became our spiritual mother on two occasions. First, when she conceived the Son of God in her womb “When the Blessed Virgin gave her consent, she asked for our salvation with intense love and bore us also in her womb.” (St. Bernardine) It is of faith, that Mary had no other children by the flesh. She must have had spiritual children and we are those children. God revealed to St. Gertrude that “Mary brought forth her first born son and that all mankind was her second-born, according to the Spirit.” “Mary, by giving birth to life itself, gave life to many.” (Abbot St. William) Mary also became our spiritual mother at Calvary. “By cooperating at the cross in the birth of the faithful to the life of grace, she became mother to all Christ’s members.” (St. Augustine) The Canticle says “They made me the keeper in the vineyards but my own vineyard I have not kept” (1:5) meaning “to save many souls she exposed her own Son to death.” (St. William)

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


August 27 - 16th Day - Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

Our Refuge Some say whales swallow their children when they see that they are in danger. This is what Mary does. “When storms rage she protects them in her own bosom until she brings them to the harbor of salvation.” (Novarinus) Blessed be God who has given Mary to us as a secure refuge in all of life’s dangers. Our Blessed Lady told St. Bridget, “A mother uses every effort to save her son in the midst of his enemies. So, I will do to all sinners who seek my mercy.” In every battle with hell’s powers, we will conquer by having recourse to the Mother of God, saying always, “We fly to your protection.” How many victories this short prayer has won over the powers of hell!

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


August 28 - 17th Day - Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

A Brother and a Mother

“Oh children of Mary, be of good heart. Remember, she accepts as her children all who choose to be her children. Rejoice! Why do you fear to be lost when Mary defends you? “Rejoice, for whatever judgment there is, will be pronounced by your brother (Jesus) and your mother (Mary)”. (St. Augustine) “Whoever loves this good mother, should always trust, remembering that Jesus is his brother and Mary is his mother.” (St. Bernadine) St. Anselm says the same thing, “O safe refuge! Our judgment depends on our Brother and our Mother.” Mary says “He that is little, let him turn to me.” (Pr 9:4) In danger, children always cry “Mother, Mother.” Mary desires that we be her children and call on her in every danger. She saves all who have recourse to her.”

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


August 29 - 18th Day - Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

Her Suffering We are important to her because she suffered so much for us. Mothers love those children for whom they suffered to preserve their lives. To gain us the life of grace, Mary endured the bitter agony of offering Jesus. She saw Him die of cruel and indescribable torments. We are obviously very dear to her because we cost her so much. “God so loved the world that He gave us His only-begotten Son”. (Jn 3:16) “We can also say that Mary so loved us that she gave her only-begotten Son”. (St. Bonaventure) She granted Him permission to give Himself up to death. She could have pleaded for his life before the judges. Certainly, the words of such a wise woman would have weight, at least with Pilate who wanted to declare Him innocent. However, she said nothing. She did not want to prevent the death which brought forth our salvation.

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


August 30 - 19th Day - Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

Mary’s Courage In Jesus’ three hours on the cross, Mary gave Him to us a thousand times. “If the executioners were lacking, she would have crucified him to obey the Father who willed his death for our salvation.” (St. Anselm and St. Antoninus) If Abraham had the courage to sacrifice Isaac by his own hands, so did Mary have the courage to sacrifice Jesus. What gratitude we owe to Mary for obtaining our eternal salvation. God abundantly rewarded Abraham, but what can we give to Mary for sacrificing Jesus? “Mary’s love obliges us to love her because she has surpassed all others in loving us.” (St. Bonaventure)

Purchased at a Great Price Mary has another motive for her love toward us. She sees in us what she purchased at such a great price. If a son was imprisoned to ransom a slave, the son’s mother would value that slave. Mary knows that Jesus came into the world to ransom sinners. He did this by “being obedient even unto death.” (Phil 2:8) Mary values us as much as she valued the blood of her Son, because she always prayed for her Son to come into the world to save us. Now, she prays even more, now that we have been purchased. Mary loves every soul because all have been redeemed.

Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYERS: PICK A TIME OF DAY

  1. Litany of the Holy Spirit and Litany of Humility (for private devotion)

  2. The Most Holy Rosary (1-5 decades, depending on your state in life). Use Fr. Peter’s video if you require assistance:

  3. Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary (add to your Rosary)

  4. Ave Maris Stella


THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, SERMON BY: FR. PETER TURRONE , 30 JULY


  • [CUED ✏︎ HERE TO 7:57 👉 DAILY TV MASS Father Peter explains Matthew 13: 44-48, “What is the Kingdom of Heaven?”

As you complete this segment of the Consecration, and transition to Aug. 8-14, consider how you are being called to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven by your shift in perspective. In the next 8 days, we will reflect on Knowledge of Our Lady in light of our Podcast’s mission to share the message of the Gospel with others.


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