Prayers to Mary,
by St. Louis Marie de Montfort

to Ave Maria

Totus Tuus

Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt, O Virgo, super omnia benedicta.

Translates as:
I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours, O Virgin, blessed above all.

St. Louis de Montfort's Prayer to Mary

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father. Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son. Hail Mary, faithful Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Hail Mary, my Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign. Hail, my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul. Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou seest anything in me which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine.

Destroy in me all that may displease God; root it up and bring it to nought. Place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee. May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind. May thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination. May the continuous sight of God fill my memory with His Presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine. May thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus, and His Divine Will; that I may have no other soul but thinke to praise and glorify God; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine.

I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotions, or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly, it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men, and demons.

It is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest. Such, O heavenly Mary, the 'best part', which the Lord has given thee, and which shall never be taken away from thee--and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine, to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures, to suffer joyfully without human consolation, to die continually to myself without respite, and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death, as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee, for me, is that every moment of the day, and every moment of my life, I may say, "Amen, so be it, to all that thou art doing in heaven. Amen, so be it, to all thou didst do while on earth. Amen, so be it, to all thou art doing in my soul," so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.

A Short Introduction to St. Louis Marie de Montfort's
Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

St. Louis de Montfort tells us that "those who desire to take up this special devotion should spend at least 12 days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus. They should spend 3 weeks imbuing themselves with the spirit of Jesus through the Most Blessed Virgin." (T.D., No. 227)

It is obvious that this total consecration, or perfect renewal of our baptismal vows with and through Mary, is not to be taken lightly. Pope John Paul II said that, "Reading this book (St. Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary) was to be a turning point in my life.... This Marian devotion...has since remained a part of me. It is an integral part of my interior life and of my spiritual theology." In his Marian Year encyclical, Mother of the Redeemer, speaking of Marian Spirituality, the Holy Father singles out: "...among the many witnesses of this spirituality, the figure of Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, who proposes consecration to Christ through the hands of Mary, as an effective means for Christians to live faithfaully their baptismal commitments." (No. 48)

This booklet is intended merely as a guide to help you in your immediate preparation before entering fully into this beautiful way of Marian Spirituality, in the footsteps of her Son, Jesus.

--The Editors, Preparation for Total Consecration according to Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
Montfort Publications
Twelfth Printing: 1996

Imprimi Potest: Frank Setzer, SMM, Provincial Superior
Nihil Obstat: William F. Hughes, STL, Censor Librorum
Imprimatur: Walter Philip Kellenberg, DD, Bishop of Rockville Centre

To purchase a copy from Amazon.com, click here. To receive a FREE book and Total Consecration Kit, please go to this webpage to request and read more about The Friends of Our Lady Apostolate and their mission to spread this devotion.

Litany to St. Louis de Montfort

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

Hail Mary, pray for us!
Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort, pray for us!
Ardent disciple of Jesus Christ the Incarnate Wisdom, pray for us!
Eloquent preacher of the Cross, pray for us!
Singer of the praises of the Sacred Heart, pray for us!
Loving slave of Jesus in Mary, pray for us!
Faithful son of the handmaid of the Lord, pray for us!
Apostle of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!
Preacher of the Mother of the Redeemer, pray for us!
Servant of the poor and the afflicted, pray for us!
Man of solitude and prayer, pray for us!
Wonder of mortification, pray for us!
Model of priests and missionaries, pray for us!
Fervent minister of the Holy Eucharist, pray for us!
Fearless champion of truth, pray for us!
Restorer of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us!
Marvel of poverty and abandonment to Divine Providence, pray for us!
Teacher of the people of God, pray for us!
Founder of Religious congregations, pray for us!
Apostle of the end times, pray for us!
Obedient collaborator with the Pope and Bishops, pray for us!

Thou seest the Face of God: obtain for us perseverance in the faith.
Thou shinest within Infinite Charity: obtain for us the gift of pure love.
Thou livest in the New Jerusalem: obtain for us the spirit of prayer.
Thou standst before the throne of the Lamb: obtain for us the wisdom of the Cross.
Thou contemplate the Mother of the Lord: obtain for us true devotion to Mary.
Thou dwellst with the Apostles of Christ: obtain for us missionary zeal.
Thou sharest in the communion of Saints: obtain for us love for the Church.
Thou art seated at the Table of the Kingdom: obtain for us the crown of glory.
Thou art a powerful intercessor before the Throne of God: hear our prayers.

(Here make your intentions in silence).

Let us pray: O God, Who in the power of the Holy Spirit hast made Saint Louis-Marie an ardent apostle of Christ Crucified and a faithful son of the Virgin Mary; Grant that through his example and intercession we may be renewed in the spirit of our baptism and be always faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit. One God, forever and ever. Amen.

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