Day Twelve Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
containing the image. A monastery was founded in Częstochowa to enshrine the icon in 1386, and soon King Jagiello built a cathedral around the chapel containing the icon.
Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent
Prayers for this week, Days11-17 in Lent:
Begin each day with "Lord, I wish to consecrate myself to You, through Your Mother, Mary."
An icon is a representation of something. You may think of the icons on your desktop. Aren't the icons representing programs. A religious icon depicts something sacred. This is a picture of an icon of Jesus with Mary. Use this icon as the focus of your meditation, this morning. What do you think of her expression? What is she doing? Is she black? Make up a story of why Mary is posed as she is.
Here is the story of this icon. Meditate upon the differences between your narrative and the real history.
The Monastery of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, Poland, is the third-largest Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. Home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the center of Polish Catholicism.
End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Lord, hear Your Mother's prayers.
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?