Easter Journey with Mary Preparing for the Consecration to Our Lady May 29–30

May 10–May 16

All gather around an image of Mary and a candle. Light the candle and make the sign of the cross:

V. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

For those families that will pray together, the opening words are read by the father, the teaching and the intercessions by different children, and the final prayer by the mother.

I. Opening

On the cross, the Lord gave us his Mother and in John, the beloved disciple, we all received her among our dearest things. As a good Mother, she not only distributes God's graces to us but also helps us to understand how Jesus makes our lives great and beautiful. Through Mary, we want to rediscover how Christ risen has touched all the dimensions of our life. We want to prepare ourselves as a family for the consecration of our parish to Her. We ask Mary to explain us how our different loves are transformed when we participate in Christ’s love for us and how as a result our lives become a gift. We will follow a personal meditation of St. John Paul II on his experience of love.

II. Teaching

Read the reflection by St. John Paul II assigned for the day (below).

III. Intercessions

Say the following intercessions and responses:

V. Mary, you received Jesus from God’s hands as a gift and you understood how He would change your life for better. Help us to understand in which way Jesus Christ is a gift for us as well and how He will transform our lives if we welcome Him without reserve. Let us pray to the Lord...

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

V. Mary, your Son gave Himself on the cross so that we could receive Him in the Holy Communion. Bring Him to our families so that He will awake in us the desire to be in communion with each other through the sincere gift of ourselves. Let us pray to the Lord...

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

V. Mary, you had the privilege to contemplate day by day the wondrous dignity and sacredness of the incarnation of God in the body of your Son; help our society to recognize this same dignity and sacredness in every human being and to become its guardians and keepers. Let us pray to the Lord...

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

All: Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be...

IV. Final Prayer

Totus Tuus, Mary, “I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.” I will not play recklessly... not tousle... not ruin... not be little... but raise up, praise, magnify... Totus Tuus. All yours. Yes. We must ourselves be a total gift, a disinterested, sincere gift in order to recognize, in every man, the gift that he is, and to thank the Giver for the gift of the human person. Amen.

St. John Paul II

Readings from St. John Paul II

From “A Meditation on Givenness,” 1994

Monday, May 10

Can one man say to another, “God has given you to me”? As a young priest, I once heard my spiritual director say to me: “Perhaps God wills to give that person to you.” These were words of encouragement, urging me to trust God and accept the gift one man becomes for another. I suspect it didn’t immediately dawn on me that these words also hide a profound truth about God, man, and the world. The world, the very world in which we live, the human world… is the setting of an ongoing exchange of gifts—gifts given and received in many different ways.

Tuesday, May 11

God, in creating, revealed his glory and gave the whole richness of the created world to man; he gave it to man for him to rejoice in it, to rest in it. For the poet Norwid—to rest, to restore, to reset, to renew—denotes to be conceived anew, to be reconceived. God gave the world to man for him to find God in it and so also to find himself… Man knows more and more about the riches of the cosmos, but at the same time he sometimes fails to recognize that these come from the hand of the Creator.

Wednesday, May 12

“God has given you to me.” As is apparent, these words I heard in my youth were not a mere random remark. God does indeed give people to us; he gives us brothers and sisters in our humanity, beginning with our parents. Then, as we grow up, he places more and more new people on our life’s path. Every such person, in some way, is a gift for us, and we can say of each: “God has given you to me.” This awareness becomes a source of enrichment for each of us.

Thursday, May 13

The Resurrection of Christ initiates the renewal and rebirth of the beauty which man has lost through sin… It is true that in humankind there is a great yearning and thirst for the beauty with which God has endowed man in creating man and woman… The yearning of the human heart after this primordial beauty with which the Creator has endowed man is also a desire for the communion in which the sincere gift of self is manifested… In this sense every human person is given to every other—every woman is given to every man, and every man is given to every woman.

Friday, May 14

It is by dint of our Redemption that the other person is such a great and inestimable gift. Redemption is re-giving to man and to the whole of creation of that goodness and beauty which had first been given in the mystery of Creation. In Redemption, all becomes new (Rev 21:5). Man, as it were, is given his humanity anew in the Paschal Mystery. Man receives anew his own maleness, femaleness, his capacity to be for the other, his capacity to be in mutual communion. God gives man to man in a new way through Christ, in whom the full value of the human person, that value which he had in the beginning, which he received in the mystery of Creation, is made manifest and present once more.

Saturday, May 15

Redemption in the body gives a special new dimension to the sacredness of the human body. Everyone, especially every man, must be a guardian, a keeper, of this sacredness and dignity. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain asked (Gn 4:9)… Christ comes into the midst of Cain’s question and responds: “Yes, you are a guardian, you are the guardian of holiness, guardian of man’s dignity in every woman and in every man. You are the keeper of the holiness of her body. It is to remain ever an object of your respect. Then you can rejoice in the beauty with which God has endowed her from the beginning, and she will rejoice in you. She will then feel safe under her brother’s gaze and will rejoice in the gift that her womanhood was created to be.”

Sunday, May 16

This meditation on gift has drawn on a long interior journey that has led me from the advice I heard from my spiritual director in my youth to the words Totus Tuus. I discovered these words during the war. This was at a time when I had already decided to pursue my vocation to the priesthood. I was aware that my vocation to the priesthood would put many people in my path, and that God would entrust each one of them in some special way to me: giving them to me and tasking me with them. It was then that the great need of Marian entrustment was born within me—that need which is encapsulated in the call: "Totus Tuus."