PRAYER FOR A PERSONAL CONSECRATION OF A FAMILY
Jesus, Mary! You lived in the family at Nazareth with Joseph, so every family is dear to you.
Mother Mary, the Queen of the family, our family, united in mutual love, commits itself to your Immaculate Heart. Keep us under your maternal protection and lead us to your Son Jesus.
Lord Jesus, gathered in your name through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate and commit ourselves to your Sacred Heart. Mould our hearts after your heart so that you will live more and more in us and among us.
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, (families with young children add: we especially consecrate and commit to you the upbringing of our children). Help us to fulfill our duties conscientiously, and to live according to the commandments of God and of the Church, especially the commandment to love God and our neighbour, living the Gospel in our hearts and acting according to the teachings of the Church under the leadership of the successor of St. Peter.
We want to respect one another, to forgive one another, faithfully carry our crosses and live a kind of love that is ready to give life for another. We will not close up in ourselves but be attentive to the needs of others.
As a home Church, our family should be a community of grace and prayer, a school of human and Christian virtues, especially of love. We will gladly cooperate in the life of our parish, participate in holy Mass and in the sacrament of confession, reconciling with God and with one another.
The Eucharist shall make us one body. Everyday family and personal prayer shall be our strongest and most powerful encouragement for accepting our responsibilities as a Christian family.
Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, protect us from every sin. We resolve especially to avoid sins against faith, hope and love, sins of swearing and UN chastity, sins of the tongue and envy, sins of hatred and every evil.
We promise to keep the Lord’s Day holy. For conversion of sinners we will gladly pray the rosary and observe the devotion of the first Fridays and Saturdays. We will make reparation for all offences that we and the world alienated from God offend you with.
Help us to live constantly in the grace of God and stay faithful to you until the end. May all members of our family reach a happy old age and one day with our friends enjoy eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.