Preparing for Consecration
When to begin?
The first step to beginning your journey is to choose a marian feast day on which to make your consecration. There is no rule that says you MUST make the consecration at the end of the preparation period. If you choose to delay or not to make the consecration on the day you have chosen, you will only be the richer for the time you spent in prayer. So go ahead... begin your journey!
Choose from the following list of suggested marian feast days to identify the start of your 33-day preparation period. You may choose a marian feast day that is not listed as well.
While there is value in following the suggested 33-day schedule, there is no harm in starting earlier than the suggested start day or later depending on your time availability. How much time you devote to your preparation may also depend on whether this is your first effort at consecration or a subsequent renewal. Sometimes it helps to add a few extra days onto the schedule to allow for skipping days. For annual renewals, some have spent as little as three focused days in prayer and preparation (one day for each week).
|Consecration Date||Marian Feast Day||Start Date|
|1-Jan||Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God||29-Nov|
|8-Jan||Our Lady of Prompt Succor||6-Dec|
|2-Feb||Feast of the Presentation of the Lord||31-Dec|
|11-Feb||Our Lady of Lourdes||9-Jan|
|25-Mar||Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord||20-Feb|
|28-Apr||St. Louis de Montfort||26-Mar|
|13-May||Our Lady of Fatima||10-Apr|
|31-May||Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary||28-Apr|
|27-Jun||Our Mother of Perpetual Help||25-May|
|16-Jul||Our Lady of Mount Carmel||13-Jun|
|15-Aug||Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||13-Jul|
|22-Aug||The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary||20-Jul|
|26-Aug||Our Lady of Czestochowa||24-Jul|
|8-Sep||Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary||6-Aug|
|12-Sep||The Most Holy Name of Mary||10-Aug|
|15-Sep||Our Lady of Sorrows||13-Aug|
|24-Sep||Our Lady of Walsingham, England||22-Aug|
|7-Oct||Our Lady of the Rosary||4-Sep|
|21-Nov||The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary||19-Oct|
|8-Dec||Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary||5-Nov|
|12-Dec||Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe||9-Nov|