Celebration of the 3rd Centennial of the Death of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort at the Monastery of the Magnificat

On April 28, 1716, at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, France, Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort, passed away. He is a Doctor of the Church and an incomparable -Apostle of the Virgin Mary. This great Saint – who is unfortunately not very well known – was a champion of the glory of God. “What do I ask of You, my God? Nothing for myself, everything for Your glory!” he cried in a fiery prayer. As Prophet of the Apostles of the Latter Times and special Protector of the Order of the Mother of God, we owe him our homage on the occasion of the tricentennial of his death.

On April 26-28, 2016, at the Monastery of the Magnificat, a triduum was organized, that is, three days of intense prayers, interspersed with homilies and the singing of hymns composed by this holy, zealous missionary. Fair weather even allowed for a procession.

The themes of these conferences were: the Love of Eternal Wisdom, which is none other than Our Lord Jesus Christ; the Cross, the inseparable companion of our Saviour; the Blessed Virgin Mary; and the Eucharist. These points wonderfully summarize the doc-trine of the illustrious Doctor. Our readers will be able to benefit from these precious Montfortan teachings in a future issue, in which we will be publishing the main texts of the conferences given on the occasion of this triduum.

The retreat unfolded in heavenly joy and brought with it great peace, the kind of peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ and the practice of His divine teaching.  Father Mathurin concluded the triduum with a meditation on the fiery prayer, also called the Prophetic Prayer of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort asking for the Apostles of the Latter Times.

May this great Saint intercede for all of us with Jesus, Eternal Wisdom, and Mary, His divine Mother, and may he obtain for us a little of the Divine Wisdom with which he himself was full.

Saint Louis Mary de Montfort consecrates himself to Mary Queen of Hearts

 

This picture, painted by one of our Sister artists, was crafted on a banner for the occasion of the 3rd centennial of the death of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, great Patron Saint of our religious Order.

Celebration of Solemn High Mass.

On April 28, the feast of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, celebration of Solemn High Mass.

Decoration in the Chapel of Jesus Crucified

By the Hail Mary,
Sin will be destroyed!
By the Hail Mary,
The great Jesus will reign!

Hymn composed by Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Decoration in the Chapel of Jesus Crucified

The “arms” of our Saint:  the crucifix and the rosary

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

The procession advances to the rhythm of hymns and prayers.

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Behind the cross-bearer leading the procession, a statue of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort is carried.

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

The banner, crafted for the occasion, represents our Saint consecrating himself to Mary Queen of Hearts.

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

The Blessed Sacrament follows the procession, preceeded by the Holy Gospel.

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

“The Gospel is the entire support, strength and reference of the Missionaries of Mary. It is
the treasure, the special nourishment of the Apostles of the Latter Times; they are formed by the Gospel.”

Father Mathurin of the Mother of God

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Statue of the Miraculous Virgin

I love only Jesus
I love only Mary
Do not bother to tell me
Of any other love in life.
Love.
Jesus is my love
Both night and day
Love.
Mary is my love
Both night and day.

Hymn composed by Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Procession in honor of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Sing out my soul! Make known
To the glory of my Savior,
Mary’s great mercy
Toward her poor servant.
Would that I had a voice of thunder
To proclaim far and near:
The happiest people on this earth
Are those who serve her best.

Hymn composed by Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Oratory of Mary Queen of Hearts

Blessing to the four points of the compass with the Holy Gospel.

This little outdoor chapel was dedicated to Mary Queen of Hearts, in 1973, on the occasion of the tricentennial of the birth of Saint Louis Mary de Montfort.

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Oratory of Mary Queen of Hearts

May my tongue everywhere proclaim,
All the days of my life
The grandeur of the Blessed Sacrament.
Come, see the Savior of our souls,
Come, see his Sacred Heart
Aflame with ardor divine,
It is but fire, it is but flame.

Hymn composed by Saint Louis Mary de Montfort

Oratory of Mary Queen of Hearts

“At Your feet, O good Mother, we consecrate to You our own hearts and the hearts of all our brothers and sisters of the earth.  Be pleased to gain a total ascendency upon the heart of each one of us, just as Your ascendency was total upon the heart of Your child, Saint Louis Mary de Montfort.”

Father Mathurin of the Mother of God