Consecration of Children Born & Unborn to Our Lady of Good Hope
Our Lady Queen of Peace Confraternity Marist Laity
The Woodlands, Texas, September 30th, 2007
The first Consecration of Children Ceremony was held at St. Anthony of Padua on Sunday, September 30,
2007. There were 77 children consecrated to Our Lady of Good Hope and over 60 in attendance.
Participating in the devotional ceremony were two Parish priests and a Deacon. The 20 minute ceremony
included a scripture reading, prayers for born and unborn children and the reading of the names of
children as entered into “Mary’s Book of Children”. Pictures of the ceremony are shown below.
To know more about the program at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church:
Overview of the Program at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
have from the 1850’s practiced this ancient devotion of praying to Mary under the title of Good Hope,
for the protection of the unborn and their Mother. In today’s perilous times, we pray for all Good Hope,
for the protection of the unborn and their Mother. In today’s perilous times, we pray for all children.
, for the protection of the unborn and their Mother. In today’s perilous times, we pray for all children.
In the Consecration of Children to Our Lady of Good Hope both mother and child are placed
under the protection of our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Good Hope. This devotion
makes them sharers in the spiritual riches of the Marists through the daily prayers and Rosaries said
for the children by the Lay Marists. . The object of the devotion is to obtain the special blessing of God
for the child and mother during pregnancy, at child birth, and throughout the child’s life. Devotion to
Our Lady of Good Hope was approved by the Holy See May 31, 1857, along with the rules and
constitutions of the Third Order of Mary.
Those wishing to consecrate children to Mary, Our Lady of Good Hope, will enter the child’s name in a
recording book, “The Book of Mary’s Children”, during a short consecration ceremony.
Marists commit to pray daily for consecrated children using special prayers. A listing of names of all
Parish children in The Book of Mary’s Children will be said during these prayers along with a Rosary
for all the consecrated children in our Parish.
At the ceremony parents are provided with either a Daily Prayer for Expectant Parents and/or a Daily
Prayer for All Parents prayer card along with a Rosary. They are encouraged to say a Rosary and the
appropriate prayer for their child each day.
There is a “Program Instructions Kit” available with all the details associated with the program
implemented at St. Anthony’s. A Lay Marist group will customize a program to fit to their Parish’s
individual situation. The kit can be sent by contacting Bob Spruce at Robert.Spruce@comcast.net