I recently consecrated myself the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The typical way to do this is by doing a 33-day Novena in which there are both prayers and reading so that one can prepare for the consecration.  The 33-day novena is also started on specific dates so that the final day and the consecration prayer takes place on a Marian Feast day.  I tried doing that, and I was not successful.  So I just decided to do the consecration without the 33-day Novena.  Also, I did not use any of the formal prayers (that can be found on the Internet).  I composed a simple prayer that is easy to remember and that I pray every day, as soon as I wake up.

My Mother Mary, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart,
for today and for all eternity.

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So what does it mean to consecrate oneself to Mary or Jesus? To consecrate means to make holy. So next, what does it mean to make oneself holy? Holiness has a two-part definition: first to be set apart, second to be good.

So in a consecration to Mary, we would strive to live a life set apart for her and let Mary help us. The most important thing Mary wants is for people to have an encounter with her son Jesus.

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