“Every faithful slave of Jesus in Mary must therefore, invoke her, salute her, think of her, talk about her, honor her, glorify her, entrust himself to her, rejoice and suffer with her, work, pray and rest with her. In brief, one must seek to live always, through Jesus and Mary, with Jesus and Mary, in Jesus and Mary, and for Jesus and Mary.” (Constitutions, 89)
Mary is the Mother of all vocations and thus the special protector and guardian of every consecrated person. As Servants of the Lord, devotion to Mary is not an additional element to our spirituality, but rather an essential part of our charism and our way of life. Following the teachings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, we “Marionize” our life through taking on religious names that are titles of Mary, the daily recitation of the rosary, celebrating Mary’s feats days, praying the Angelus, and making a personal act of consecration to Mary in our novitiate year. Our founder, Fr. Carlos Buela, considered Mary so critical for our religious life that he made her part of our vows: in addition to the religious vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, each member of our Religious Family also makes a fourth vow of “maternal slavery of love” to Mary.
Grateful Children of Our Lady of Luján
While all advocations of Mary represent the same Blessed Virgin, she sometimes chooses to work through a particular image for the glory of her Son. Our institute has a special debt of gratitude and love for Our Lady of Luján. When our founder was still a diocesan seminarian, he asked Our Lady of Luján for the special grace to be an instrument through which many young people would find their vocations. He attributes each one of our vocations to her particular intersession.
Our Lady of Luján is the patroness of Argentina, yet this small and simple Virgin has spread around the world. Every convent and house of the Servants of the Lord has an image or statue of Our Lady of Luján, and she has invoked devotion from the local peoples in whatever land or nation she is brought to.
Because of the universal love and devotion for our Lady of Luján among the sisters, and the many graces that we have received from her hands, it was decided at the General Chapter held in 2010 that as an Institute we would petition to have Our Lady of Luján named as our official patroness. The official naming of a patroness for a religious congregation requires the approval of the Congregation for Divine Worship. An Institute can only have one official patron, and the Church allows the feast of the patron to be celebrated by the Institute with high solemnity.
A Solemn Celebration of Liturgy for Our Lady
We celebrated Our Lady with the whole religious family. The male branch of our religious family, the Institute of the Incarnate Word, has also named Our Lady of Luján as their patroness. The Mass was held in New York City, at the parish of St. Jerome’s. His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick presided over the Mass along with many concelebrating priests from the Institute of the Incarnate Word. Sisters from all over the East Coast were able to attend. Following the Mass was a informal feast to celebrate together.
Consecration to Mary
During the Holy Mass, ten novices made the total consecration to Mary according to the method of St. Louis Marie Grignon de Monfort. The consecration to Mary is ordered towards our fourth vow of Marian slavery which is the fulfillment of the total gift of self required by the consecration. In addition, 32 new members were inducted into the Third Order and also made their consecration to Mary.
We entrust these and all the members of our Institute into the hands of Mary, Our Lady of Luján, trusting completely in her maternal and faithful love for each of her children.
Everything through Jesus and through Mary;
with Jesus and with Mary;
in Jesus and in Mary;
for Jesus and for Mary.
In short, simply: Jesus and Mary, Mary and Jesus.
And through Christ, to the Father, in the Holy Spirit.
(Conclusion, Directory of Spirituality)