For the Preservation of the Deposit of the Faith

For the Kingdom of God to come!


The particular goal of the Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God is the preservation of the Deposit of the Faith by religious teaching in all its forms. God has established it as “a rampart against the almost general apostasy” that has invaded Christianity and in particular the Roman Church.

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Catechism Lessons

according to the Tradition of the Gospel and the Church

“Go, teach all nations...teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ,
St. Matthew 28:19-20

Lessons 25 to 28 ⇓

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Lessons 29 to 32 ⇓

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Lessons 33 to 36 ⇓

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Lesson 25: The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist

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The word Transubstantiation means: change of a substance into another substance.

Lesson 26: The Ends for which the Holy Eucharist was instituted

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The word Communion, from the Christian Latin “communio”, means: union with the Body and Blood of Christ. To receive Communion is therefore to be united with Jesus Christ, since it is Jesus Christ whom we receive in the Eucharist through Communion.

To be in a state of grace in order to make a good communion does not mean that one must never have committed a mortal sin, but that all the mortal sins that one would have had the misfortune to commit must have been forgiven.

The prayers that are said after communion are called thanksgiving prayers.

Lesson 27: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

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An offering is a gift of something to someone. In the Mass, the priest offers Jesus, sacrificed for us, to His Father.

Interior recollection is the attention we give, the care we take to think only of what is happening at the altar during Holy Mass.

The intentions of the priest are the very ends of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. To unite oneself to the intentions of the priest is to adore God with the priest, to thank God for the graces He has granted us, and to ask God’s forgiveness for our sins, which is also what the priest does.

Lesson 28: The Sacrament of Extreme Unction

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Extreme means: which is the very last. By using the word Extreme-Onction, we do not mean that the anointing of this sacrament is to be done to Christians only when they are at the moment of death, but we simply mean that Jesus Christ has established this anointing to be the last of all those received by the Christian.

Lesson 29: The Sacrament of Holy Orders

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Order, from the Latin “ordo” means “degree, hierarchy”. Besides bishops and priests, the other sacred ministers are: deacons, subdeacons, (major orders), porters, readers, exorcists, acolytes (minor orders).

Priests are God’s envoys, that is, His representatives on earth, those whom He charges with leading souls to Heaven.

A dispenser is one who gives, who distributes. The priest is the dispenser of doctrine, i.e. he is the one who is in charge of teaching the faithful the truths of the faith.

The priest is the dispenser of God’s graces, because it is he who administers the sacraments, which are the principal means God uses to give us grace.

Lesson 30: The Sacrament of Matrimony

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The sacrament of marriage is contracted by both spouses, but to be legitimate, this contract must be made before a priest and witnesses.

The mutual love of the spouses is the love that the spouses owe each other; the husband must love his wife, and the wife must love her husband.

Religious indifference is the disposition of those who do not care about religion, or those who think that all religions are good.

Lesson 31: Sacramentals

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A sign is a mark that makes something known by distinguishing it from another. The sign of the Cross is the distinctive mark that makes a Christian recognized.

Lesson 32: Prayer

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To pray with attention is to think about what we do and what we say while praying.

To pray with humility is to have a sense of our own misery and of the majesty of the One we are praying to; it is to recognize that we can do nothing without God’s help.

To pray with perseverance is to renew our prayers until they are answered, if God judges that the request we make to Him is good.

To pray with confidence is to address God with the assurance that He listens with goodness to our prayers and that He is willing to grant us everything we need.

To grant means: to hear favorably, and to give what is asked for.

Lesson 33: The Lord’s Prayer

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The Lord’s Prayer” is also called the “Pater” because this is the word with which it begins in Latin.

By the glory of God, we mean sometimes the Majesty of God, that is to say His infinite greatness, His superiority over all creatures, and also the praises and honor due to Him.

Lesson 34: The Angelical Salutation

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Protector means: who protects, who defends someone. The Blessed Virgin, besides being our Mother, has all power over God, whose Mother She is. Her protection is unlimited.

A privilege is a gift, a grace.

To conjure is to pray with great insistence.

To die saintly is to die in a state of grace and with strong sentiments of love for God and regret for our sins.

Lesson 35: The Ten Commandments of God

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Mount Sinai is a mountain in present-day Egypt.

Lesson 36: First Commandment of God

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Violating a commandment is the same as disobeying a commandment.

Witchcraft is the name given to all the operations of sorcerers to cast or conjure spells, to predict the future, to harm an enemy, etc.

A temerarious hope is a hope without sufficient reason.

To rely on the mercy of God as a license to commit sin is to allow oneself to commit evil by saying, “God is so good that He will always forgive me.”

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“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

Saint John 14:15

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.

Preparatory Prayer

O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.