Queenship of Mary & Happy Anniversary to Me :)

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. It is a lovely feast day and you can find out more about it herehere and here. Instead of praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary today, pray the Glorious Mysteries. The Queenship of Mary is meditated on during the 5th decade. 🙂

Queenship of Mary

BUT, what makes today really special is that today is my husband and my wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe that we have been married for sixteen years. Time has flown by and there have been many ups and downs; but, there is no doubt or question in my mind that Michael is the man God intended for me. 🙂

To be honest, though, this year is bittersweet. Poor Michael has to spend our anniversary in the hospital and I will be at a funeral for Michael’s cousin. (His cousin was sick with cancer for a long while now and passed away a few days ago.) Hopefully, the doctors will figure out what is going on so Michael can come home and we will celebrate then.

One of the big things that stands out for me about our wedding day is that during the wedding mass (when the couple traditionally go to say a prayer at the feet of Our Lady) we publicly made the total consecration to Jesus through Our Lady according to the St. Louis de Montfort devotion. We said the prayer out loud together and then Father came to us to sign it in front of everyone. It was a special moment for us.

Anyway, please say a prayer for Michael, the repose of the soul of his cousin, and the family. Thank you!

Anniversary Edition: Saints and Scripture Sunday

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-48

Welcome to this week’s Saints and Scripture Sunday! Today happens to be a special day for me, for a few reasons:

1. It is my husband’s and my seventh wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been seven years already! It feels like we just got married! LOL! (I won’t be seeing my honey because he has to work, so: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Michael! I LOVE YOU!)

2. Although it’s not celebrated this year (because Lord’s Day takes precedence), today is the obligatory memorial of the Queen-ship of Mary. The Queen-ship of Mary is a beautiful feast. Jesus has given us HIS mother to be our mother and Queen intercessor.

3. Today is also the anniversary and renewal of our (me and my husband) total consecration to Jesus through Mary according to Saint Louis de Montfort.

What makes our consecration extra special is that we made the actual consecration during our wedding ceremony! We asked our priest friend who married us if we could make the consecration during the mass and he said yes.  So, after communion, we went as a newly married couple to pray before the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary (which is custom for us Catholics). We prayed the WHOLE consecration (it’s a bit long) and afterward (to our surprise) Father had us sign the consecration in front of everyone. It was truly a special moment for us. 🙂

Saint Bonaventure says: “Listen, all you who desire the Kingdom of God! Honor and serve the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and you will find life and eternal salvation!”

Let us this week strive to deepen our relationship with Our Lady! God bless you.

O Jesus Living in Mary

I’m in the middle of the 33 day of preparation for the renewal of my Marian consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort. I’m starting the final week and one of the recommended prayers is “O Jesus Living in Mary.”  It has been a long time since I’ve done the full 33 day preparation, and to my shame, I don’t remember this prayer!

It is such an awesome prayer I’m going to make a point of committing this to memory:

O Jesus Living in Mary

“O Jesus Living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries;
subdue every hostile power
In Thy Spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen.”