Part 2: From the 13th day to the 19th day
Theme: KNOWLEDGE OF SELF
Prayers, examens, reflection, acts of renouncement of our own will, of contrition for our sins, of contempt of self, all performed at the feet of Mary, for it is from her that we hope for light to know ourselves. It is near her, that we shall be able to measure the abyss of our miseries without despairing. We should employ all our pious actions in asking for a knowledge of ourselves and contrition of our sins; and we should do this in a spirit of piety. During this period, we shall consider not so much the opposition that exists between the spirit of Jesus and ours, as the miserable and humiliating state to which our sins have reduced us. Moreover, the True Devotion being an easy, short, sure and perfect way to arrive at the union with our Lord, which is Christ like perfections, we shall enter seriously upon this way, strongly convinced of our misery and helplessness. But, how attain this without a knowledge of ourselves?
Background: Always a pious child and especially devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, when the brilliant St. Louis de Montfort (A.D. 31 January 1673 - 28 April 1716) reached the age of 19, he gave away all he had and resolved to live on alms. He was ordained a priest in Paris, worked for some time as a hospital chaplain, but then came to devote his time to preaching -- a task he was extremely gifted at. He went on to found the Daughters of Wisdom -- an Order devoted to hospital work and educating poor girls -- and the Company of Mary (the Montfort Fathers), a missionary group of priests. It was his devotion to Mary, though, for which he is most remembered.
St. Louis de Montfort's method of devotion is known as "Total Consecration," "True Devotion," or "Holy Slavery." This method is below, with on-site links to all the necessary literature and prayers.
Read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary"
First, read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," written by St. Louis de Montfort himself and decide for certain whether to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary. Read carefully, and don't take this lightly; consecrating oneself has the character of a vow.
True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Introduction of St. Louis-Marie
Part I: True Devotion to Our Lady in General
Necessity of Devotion to Our Lady
In What does Devotion to Our Lady Consist
Part II: The Perfect Devotion to Our Lady
The Perfect Consecration to Jesus Christ
Motives Which Recommend This Devotion
The Biblical Figure of this Perfect Devotion: Rebecca and Jacob
Wonderful Effects of This Devotion
Particular Practices of This Devotion
Supplement: This Devotion at Holy Communion
Step 2:Choose a day for the Consecration
Now choose the date of a Marian Feast on which to make the consecration. Whichever Feast you choose will determine the date to begin a 33-day period of spiritual preparation, i.e., you follow spiritual exercises for 33 days, and the next day will be the Marian Feast on which you consecrate yourself.
Because most of our religious orders and confraternities follow the post-conciliar calendar, I list Marian Feasts which are the same on both the traditional and Novus Ordo calendars below so that there will be no "issues" for traditionalists who decide to enroll in the confraternity associated with Montfort's Total Consecration:
Start of 33-day Plan
Marian Feast You've Chosen
Feast / Consecration Day
9 Jan. to 11 Feb.
Apparition of the Immaculate
Virgin Mary at Lourdes
20 Feb. 1 to 25 March
13 June to 16 July
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
13 July to 15 Aug.
6 Aug. to 8 Sept.
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
13 Aug. to 15 Sept.
Our Lady of Sorrows
19 Oct. to 21 Nov.
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
5 Nov. to 8 Dec
9 Nov. to 12 Dec.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
note: 21 Feb when February has 29 days. The Feast of the Annunciation is the Feast that St. Louis de Montfort recommends most of all as it is this Feast that commemorates God Himself taking on flesh and, thereby, subjecting even Himself to trust in and dependency on Our Lady.