Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Awaiting Pilgrim's return and Consecration

My son should now be on the coach some 4 hours from London at the end of yet another 3 day Pilgrimage to Chartres. Some of you, like me, have made a spiritual pilgrimage at home fitting it around other committments to match each day of the very physically demanding route. Some of you may have found, and it is certain that at least some of the walking pilgrims did, that spiritual works are subject to concerted attacks from the devil. He will thwart you at every opportunity he can. That is one reason that Chartres Pilgrims  consecrate themselves to Our Blessed Lady, so that they are under her motherly care.
An earlier post introduced the prayer of Consecration that our guild uses at gatherings but I am putting it again here for those who may need it at this very time.

As the Father has chosen you, Mary,

to be His Immaculate child, the wife of Joseph

and the Mother of His beloved Son and of the whole Church

in full communion with the Holy Spirit

we choose you today

as Mother and Queen of our whole family,

and we consecrate to you our souls and our bodies,

all our activities and everything that belongs to us without reserve.

Show each of us your most maternal kindness,

Teach us to love Jesus and the Father, more and more,

and through them, to love one another in the Holy Spirit,

deepening our knowledge of each other in the light of Jesus,

respecting each other, and each day, choosing one another

in a simpler and more divine love.

Mary, grant each of us the grace to accomplish each day

the will of the Father in the gift of ourselves,

so that our whole family

may bear witness in the midst of the world

to the love of Jesus

victorious over evil. Amen

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