school1837xEditor’s Note:  In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”. We will publish one a day:  “Then dedicate yourself to the most blessed Virgin Mary, to be her servant and child, and thus place yourself under her especial protection.  Be very exact in daily offering this little tribute of respect to Mary, your loving Patroness and Mother, and you will not fail to experience the blessed effects of her powerful patronage.  Devoutly recite three Hail Marys before her image or picture, together with the following:

Prayer by which a Devout Christian May Dedicate Himself to The Blessed Virgin

“O MOST holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, although most unworthy of being thy servant yet inspired with confidence in thy extreme goodness, and filled with an earnest desire of serving thee, I, N_______N_______, this day choose thee, in the presence of thy Son, of my Angel Guardian, and of the whole Court of Heaven, for my especial Advocate, Mother, and Queen and I firmly purpose, with the assistance of thy prayers, to serve thee constantly, and to do all that lies in my power to cause thee to be served by all men.  I therefore humbly beseech thee, O most compassionate Mother, through the Precious Blood of thy Son, to receive me as thy devout client and thy servant forever, assist me in all my actions, and obtain grace for me, that I may so regulate all my thoughts, words, and deeds, as never to offend thy Son Jesus.  Forget me not, and never forsake me, either now or at the hour of my death.  Amen.