Prayer By Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
O Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom,
most sweet and adorable Jesus,
true God and true Man,
only Son of the Eternal Father
and of Mary ever Virgin,
I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom
and the splendour of Thy Father through eternity,
and in the virginal womb of Mary,
Thy most worthy Mother,
at the time of Thine Incarnation.
I return Thee thanks for that Thou didst empty Thyself,
taking upon Thee the form of a slave,
to deliver me from the cruel slavery of the devil.
I praise Thee and glorify Thee
for that Thou didst willingly become subject in all things to Mary,
Thy holy Mother,
in order to make me through her Thy faithful slave.
But alas, ungrateful and faithless that I am,
I have not kept the promises I made Thee so solemnly in my Baptism.
Nay, I have utterly failed to do my bounded duty;
I am no more worthy to be called Thy son nor Thy slave,
and since there is nothing in me
that does not provoke Thy rebukes and Thine indignation,
I dare no longer approach alone unto Thy sacred and august Majesty.
Wherefore I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother,
whom Thou hast given me to be my intercessor with Thee;
and it is by this means that I hope to obtain from thee the grace of contrition,
the pardon of my sings,
and the gift of abiding wisdom.
For which reason I salute thee, O Mary Immaculate,
living tabernacle of the Divinity,
wherein the eternal Wisdom lies hidden to be adored by Angels and men.
I salute thee, O Queen of heaven and Earth,
to whose dominion is subject all that is less than God.
I salute thee, O sure refuge of sinners,
whose mercy faileth none;
graciously hear my prayers for Divine wisdom,
and to this end receive the vows and oblations
which my lowliness offers unto thee.
I, N., a faithless sinner,
renew and ratify this day at thy hands my baptismal vows.
I renounce Satan for ever
and all his works and pomps,
and I give myself wholly to Jesus Christ,
the Incarnate Wisdom,
to bear my cross after Him all the days of my life.
And in order that I may more faithful to Him than I have hitherto been,
I choose thee this day, O Mary,
in the presence of the whole court of heaven
for my Mother and my Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee
after the manner of a bond-slave,
my body and my soul,
my interior and exterior goods,
and even the value of my good works,
past, present and future,
leaving thee the full and entire right to dispose of me
and of all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure
and the greater glory of God both in time and in eternity.
Accept, O gracious Virgin,
this little offering of my bondage,
in honour of and in union with that submission
which the Eternal Wisdom willed to show toward thy Motherhood;
as a mark of homage to that dominion
which thou and thy Divine Son have made over me,
a wretched worm and a miserable sinner;
in thanksgiving for the privileges
with which the Most Holy Trinity has favoured thee.
I protest that henceforth I wish,
as thy true slave,
to seek thine honour
and to obey thee in all things.
O Mother most admirable,
present me to thy Son,
as His slave for ever,
in order that,
having purchased me through thee,
He may receive me through thee.
O Mother of mercy,
procure for me the grace of obtaining true wisdom from God
and of being set thereby in the number of those whom thou lovest,
whom thou teachest,
whom thou guidest,
whom though dost sustain
and protect as thy children and thy slaves.
O faithful Virgin,
render me in all things so perfect a disciple,
imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom,
Jesus Christ thy Son,
that through thine intercession and example
I may come to the fullness of His stature on earth
and the plenitude of His glory in heaven.