PARAÑAQUE City, September 9, 2014—Some 30 individuals, young and old, male and female, solemnly offered themselves to the Blessed Virgin on the occasion of her nativity Monday, September 8, in a simple consecration ritual held at the St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe Seminary in Multinational Village, Parañaque City.
Presiding over the event, Fr. Elijah Pantorilla of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (OFMConv.) explained to the gathered faithful what it means to be the “property” of Our Lady.
According to him, those who have consecrated themselves to the “Immaculata”—the Immaculate One—totally “belong” to Her.
“We belong to Her with everything that is ours. All our activities belong to Her as well,” said Pantorilla, quoting Polish martyr and Militia Immaculatae (MI) founder St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.
As a sign of their consecration, newly enrolled MI members received a “Miraculous Medal” which they must wear at all times, he stressed.
Pantorilla added MI members are also encouraged to renew their consecration daily by reciting the following prayer and intention for the month capped by three Hail Marys:
“Immaculata, Queen and Mother of the Church, I renew my consecration to you this day and for always, so that you may use me for the coming of the Kingdom of Jesus in the whole world. To this end, I offer you all my prayers, actions, and sacrifices of this day.
“Immaculata, please intercede…
September: “That, like you, we may learn to magnify the Lord for the wonders He works continually within us.
October: “That by the testimony of our lives we may contribute to lifting up people who are suffering from many forms of poverty.
November: “That walking towards Christ who comes we may remember that holiness consists in receiving Him in the poverty of heart that He Himself teaches us.
December: “That the birth of Jesus in poverty may remind us that in the Incarnation He made Himself poor to enrich all of us.
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for all those who do not have recourse to you, especially the enemies of Holy Church and all those recommended to you. Amen.”
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