The Glories Of Mary

by ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

DEDICATION OF A FAMILY TO MARY

OH blessed and immaculate Virgin, our queen
and mother, refuge and consolation of all those
who are in misery, I, prostrate before thy throne
with all my family, choose thee for my Lady,
Mother, and Advocate with God. I, with all
who belong to me, dedicate myself forever to tby
service, and pray thee, oh mother of God, to
receive us into the number of thy servants, taking
us all under thy protection, aiding us in life, and
still more, at the hour of our death. Oh mother
of mercy, I choose thee Lady and ruler of my
whole house, of my relatives, my interests, and
all my affairs. Do not disdain to take care of
them; dispose of them all as it pleases thee.
Bless me, then, and all my family, and do not
permit that any of us should offend thy Son.
Do thou defend us in temptations, deliver us from
dangers, provide for us in our necessities, counsel
us in our doubts, console us in afflictions, be
with us in sickness, and especially in the agonies
of death. Do not permit the devil to glory in
having in his chains any of us who are now
consecrated to thee; but grant that we may come
to thee in heaven to thank thee, and together
with thee to praise and love our Redeemer
Jesus for all eternity. Amen, thus may it be.

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