Like Lent, Advent is a season of preparation, but if you’re like me it’s hard to set apart Advent as something important.
Christmas commercialism strikes us even before Thanksgiving begins!
I want to recommend to you what I’ll be doing this Advent in preparation for Christmas: 33mary.com. It’s a free online Advent devotional that combines Advent with the 33 Day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, made popular by Saint Louis de Montfort and Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory. We are calling it 33Mary.com. It will guide you day by day with teachings from the Saints and provide the necessary prayers to complete the 33 Day Total Consecration. Even if you’ve done it before, this is a great time to renew your consecration.
What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?
Pope Saint John Paul II popularized the method of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. His papal motto was Totus Tuus meaning “Totally Yours.” He explained that his papal motto was the fruit of his own 33 Day Total Consecration to Mary. He was totally Mary’s because he wanted to be totally for Jesus. Saint John Paul II said that his own 33 Day Total Consecration was the “decisive turning point” of his life before becoming Pope.
Why You Should Try 33Mary.com
It all boils down to Christ’s words on the cross: “Behold your mother!” This statement of Christ echoes again in every century and every decade. If we want to enter into His incarnation, birth, death, and resurrection, Mary’s presence is recommended by Christ Himself. As we prepare to celebrate His birth at Christmas, who better than Mary to lead us?
How We Made 33Mary.com So Easy
If you’ve ever done the 33 Day Consecration or tried it, you know that it can be confusing. There are various prayers to keep track of and you have to keep up with which day you’re on. Also, you need to carry a book with you. To simplify this devotion, we have created a free resource for you that makes it so much easier. We will email you the prayer and short saint reading every day. It’s that easy. You don’t have to remember a book, page numbers, or even what day it is. We do all that for you.
How this Total Consecration Works
For 33 days you’ll receive an inspirational quote or teaching from a Catholic Saint about Mary and her importance in your life as a follower of Christ. It begins on November 22 and the 33 days end on December 24. On Christmas morning, you (and perhaps your friends and family) will make a formal consecration of your life, soul, gifts, prayers, faith, works, and future to Jesus through the hands of Mary. Don’t worry, we provide these prayers for you. It’s a very beautiful experience.
How to Sign Up for 33Mary.com for FREE
Our goal is to have 10,000 people sign up and consecrate their lives to Jesus through Mary using the template promoted by Saint John Paul II. Last year at the New Saint Thomas Institute we did “Mary Advent Videos” and we wanted to do something even bigger this year. By the way, it’s completely free and you don’t need to be a Member of the New Saint Thomas Institute to participate.
- We also have bonus gifts for everyone who signs up: a digital copy of my book God’s Birthday: Why Christ was born on December 25.
- And a surprise gift on Christmas morning that will be emailed to you.
Please sign up by visiting 33Mary.com.
And most importantly – please tell your friends and family members. If we are going to meet our goal of 10,000 consecrations to Mary this Advent we need your help to get the word out. Please share this post on Facebook and encourage others to sign up.
Have a great Advent, but make your plan now to do something special. Otherwise Advent will come and go before you know it!
Visit 33Mary.com in order to receive this free devotional service.