March 21, 2012

Our Lady of Czestochowa

As a busy mother (yes, I know that's redundant), I'm always looking for quick ways to reconsecrate myself to Our Lord and Our Lady throughout the day.  Otherwise, it's going to be a quick trip to H-E-double-hockey sticks for me!

Here's a wonderful little prayer I encourage you to pray each day to Our Lady of Czestochowa (pronounced chess-ta-HOV-ah, with the penultimate syllable stressed), courtesy of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA:

Holy Mother of Czestochowa, Thou art full of grace, goodness, and mercy.  I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words, and actions, my soul and body.  I beseech Thy blessings and especially prayers for my salvation.  Today, I consecrate myself to Thee, Good Mother, totally, with body and soul, amid joy and sufferings, to obtain for myself and others Thy blessings on this earth and eternal life in Heaven.  Amen.

While you're at it, you can offer up this prayer not only for yourself and your family, but also for the cause for canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II, a native Pole and strong devotee of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the patron saint of Poland.


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