Marist Laity Consecration of Children Born and Unborn to Our Lady of Good Hope
The time for waiting for a child to be born is a time of wonder, joy, hope and also concern. Inspired by the Visitation of the Rosary, Lay Marists associated with the Fathers & Brothers of the Society of Mary have from the 1850’s practiced this ancient devotion of praying to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Hope, for the protection of the unborn and their Mother. In today’s perilous times, we pray for all children.
In the Consecration of Children to Our Lady of Good Hope both mother and child are placed under the protection of our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Good Hope. This devotion makes them sharers in the spiritual riches of the Marists through the daily prayers and Rosaries said for the children by the Lay Marists. . The object of the devotion is to obtain the special blessing of God for the child and mother during pregnancy, at child birth, and throughout the child’s life. Devotion to Our Lady of Good Hope was approved by the Holy See May 31, 1857, along with the rules and constitutions of the Third Order of Mary.
Those wishing to consecrate children to Mary, Our Lady of Good Hope, will enter the child’s name in a recording book, “The Book of Mary’s Children”, during a short consecration ceremony.
Marists commit to pray daily for consecrated children using a special prayer. A Rosary decade for all the consecrated children in our Parish will be prayed daily. Once a year a special prayer will be said with each child and their mother mentioned by name.