Sunday, November 18, 2012

Consecrated to Our Lady

Today, on the Feast Day of the Apostle Saint Peter (our first pope!), Michael and I consecrated our Little Liam to Our Lady.
This little but very important prayer was suggested to us by our friends Jonathan and Kelly Strate, whose infant son John Paul (named after our last pope!) was also consecrated to Our Lady on the day of his baptism.
Here's the prayer in case you'd like to do the same with your child! 
An Act of Consecration
to the
Blessed Virgin
for Infants Newly Baptised
O blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, when the Son of God decided to take upon Himself our human life in order that we might share in His Divine Life, He did not wish to come to us without your free cooperation. He deliberately willed to have need of you.

Look down today from heaven upon little (name of infant). He has received from his parents the life of man, and now by the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, he has been given a life which is infinitely superior, the very life of God. We know that just as God is his Father and our Father, you are, in regard to his spiritual life, his Mother and our Mother.

We confide this child to you. Show your self his Mother. Watch over his educations; nourish him with the life of grace; make him progress n his Christian life just as his human parents aid him to progress in physical as well as spiritual life.

Protect the precious life which has just received. Be for him a real Mother to guard him in your arms when the devil seeks to destroy his spiritual life as in you son Jesus Christ. May he love you and Jesus Christ loved you, for our love for you is nothing else but a participation in the love of you Son for you.

In the name of this child (name of infant), we wish to day his first prayer to his heavenly Mother.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. 

This prayer was composed by Fr. Noel le Mire, S.M. and adapted by W. Cole, S.M.