Consecration to the Maternal Heart of Mary

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Let us come with confidence to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace in seasonable aid. (Hebrews 4:16)
(Introit, Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 22 August)

In today's Introit the Church borrows boldly from the Epistle to the Hebrews to call the Immaculate Heart of Mary "the throne of grace." Indeed, her Heart is the throne of grace, as depicted in the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign. Jesus, Eternal Wisdom, thrones in her Heart and, from her Heart, dispenses mercy and grace to all who approach His Mother in time of need.

O Blessed Virgin Mary,
behold, I come to thy maternal and immaculate Heart
as to the throne of grace
to receive mercy and help in time of need.

I come to thy Heart
as to the refuge of sinners.

I come to thy Heart
as to the pure and spotless sanctuary of the priesthood.

I come to thy Heart
as to the paradise of the saints in heaven and on earth.

Receive me into thy Immaculate Heart
even as I would receive thy Heart into my life,
allowing thee and begging thee to count me among thy beloved sons,
and to consider me another Saint John for thy maternal Heart.

So do I renew today
the total and irrevocable consecration of myself
-- of my past, my present, and my future --
to thy maternal and immaculate Heart,
confident that thou wilt take all my necessities,
all my cares,
and all my weaknesses to thyself
so as to present them to Jesus
as if they were thine own.

May thy sorrowful and immaculate Heart, O Mary,
be my habitual recourse in this valley of tears,
and my delight in the everlasting joys of heaven.

From In Sinu Iesu, The Journal of a Priest

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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