My Queen, My Mother, I offer myself entirely to thee.There is so much that I am grateful for since my return to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. Since I have become Catholic, I have finally begun to break the chains of certain sins that have plagued me for years. I still have a long way to go, but I have had more victory over sin as a Catholic, than ever as a Protestant.
And to show my devotion to thee,
I offer thee this day, my eyes,
my ears, my mouth, my heart,my whole being without reserve.
Wherefore, good Mother, as I am thine own,
keep me, guard me as thy property and possession.
One of the many graces I have received is due to the intercession of our Mother in Heaven. I re-dedicate myself to her several times every day by saying the prayer above.
Some of my Protestant friends probably look at a prayer like this and think it sounds like worship. Why do I think this? Because that's what I would have thought. It was prayers like this that drove me from the Church in the first place back when I was 20 years old. I thought it was placing too much emphasis on Mary, if not downright worship.
But look at this prayer again, and substitute the references to Mary (My Queen, My Mother) to the name of your spouse (My wife/husband, My Love). Does it still sound like worship? Or does it sound like a bride and bridegroom exchanging wedding vows? Do you worship your spouse? This is a prayer of dedication, not of worship.
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