It was no accident that St Maximilian Kolbe achieved his long martyrdom on the vigil of the Assumption. He was one Our Lady's greatest devotees, had served to promote her honour like few saints have done, and deserved finally to be admitted to enter Heaven for the greatest of her feasts. To help us enter into the spirit of this feast, here is the text of his consecration to Mary Immaculate:
Consecration prayer of St. Maximilian Kolbe to Mary Immaculate
O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to thee. I, N., a repentant sinner, cast myself at thy feet humbly imploring thee to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to thyself as thy possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death, and eternity, whatever most pleases thee. If it pleases thee, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of thee: “She will crush your head,” and, “Thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in the whole world.”
Let me be a fit instrument in thine immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing thy glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever thou dost enter, thou obtainest the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through thy hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
V. Allow me to praise thee, O Sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thine enemies.