Acte of consecration
After the initial commitment to service ("engagement "), members of the Hospitalité "family" may answer a second call, to consecration.
This primarily means being "consecrated" by God himself – it is God who "sets us apart", which is the meaning of "consecration". We are called to be identified with Christ himself. This is a personal choice linked to our Baptism. As St John tells us "God loved us first". Measuring our own inability to "act" faced with this call to conversion , the Church offers us the opportunity to consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. Our Lady thus becomes our privileged confidante.
acte of consecration
Holy Mary Mother of God, Virgin Immaculate,
you appeared eighteen times to Bernadette
at the Grotto in Lourdes,
to remind Christians
of what the truths in the Gospel require of them.
You called them to prayer, penance,
the Eucharist and life in the Church.
To answer your call more fully,
I consecrate myself through you to your Son, Jesus.
Make me willing to accept what he said.
By the fervour of my faith,
by the conduct of my life in all its aspects,
by my devotion to the sick,
let me work with you
in the comforting of those who suffer
and in the reconciliation of people,
that the Church may be One,
and that there may be peace in the world.
All this I ask, confident that you,
Our Lady, will fully answer my prayer.
Blessed be the holy and Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St Bernadette pray for us.