Consecration, when applied to persons, is the act of dedicating one’s life to the service and worship of God. St. Louis de Montfort (1673-1716) was a priest known for his special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. His method of devotion, known as Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, involves a period of personal spiritual preparation which culminates in the consecration itself.
One must seriously discern whether or not to pursue this method of devotion. It is akin to a personal vow, or a solemn promise, which implies a lifelong commitment. It is a surrendering of self to Mary, and to Jesus through her, living our lives as if held captive by her. Forsaking all of our spiritual graces, we trust that the grace she obtains for us will be used at her discretion for those who need that grace the most. This form of self-denial becomes a special act of charity and is at the heart of the Total Consecration.
It is customary to make the consecration on one of the Marian feasts. Each year in January our parishes have an introductory DVD series explaining the procedure involved in the Total Consecration. This provides a time for questions and answers which help with the discernment process. Instructional materials are provided by the parish for a nominal fee. Spiritual preparation then begins in February followed by the Consecration on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. After attending Mass, an Act of Consecration is read aloud by anyone making or renewing their consecration, setting into motion a perennial deepening of one’s relationship with our Blessed Mother, and in turn our personal relationship with Christ.