Editions Magnificat

Religious Publications: Books, Pictures, monthly Magnificat Magazine, Calendar, etc.

Editions Magnificat

The little print shop that was initially installed in our Monastery continues to modernize and expand. Currently, several presses and other printing and binding machines are in operation to carry out various religious projects. This considerable body of equipment comes in general from generous donors or enterprises who turn over to us their obsolete presses or other machines at very affordable prices. Sometimes we have to invest a great deal of time, labor and resourcefulness to perform repairs and fine tuning, but everything works out for the best!

Many publications with print runs in the thousands are printed in the Monastery every year:

  • a monthly Magazine: Magnificat, published in French and in English
  • a religious Calendar printed in four languages (French, English, Spanish, Italian)
  • pictures of Jesus, Mary, the Saints, Bible scenes — most of these from paintings by our own artists
  • various books, brochures or flyers, also published in several languages
  • Holy Scripture, biographies, spirituality, Catholic Christian doctrine, catechisms, conferences, prayer books, etc.

Composition, illustrations, translations, layout, plate preparation, each stage of printing and assembly: everything is entirely completed by members of the Order and produced in the Monastery. We generally do our own bookbinding, although some generous benefactors do furnish bookbinding of superior quality at modest prices or free of charge.

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Printing the Magnificat Calendar.

“We do not distribute books, pictures and statues in order to make money, but only for the purpose of the apostolate.  What matters is the spiritual influence, the apostolate effected by this means.”  (Father John Gregory)

Desktop publishing

“The Blessed Virgin says in our Rule that the spirit of this Order is none other than the Spirit of Jesus Christ in oneself and the Spirit of Jesus Christ in souls.  Our role will be to convey the Spirit of Jesus Christ to souls.  That is why it is so important for us to be wholly imbued with it ourselves.”   (Father John Gregory)

Artist at work

“Sacred art exists for one reason only: to inspire and foster piety. Man needs to be reminded of the great supernatural realities, and in this respect, when religious art was authentic, it played a very important role in the Church. But to fulfill its purpose, sacred art must be simple, close to reality. Artistic works must express religious scenes, thoughts, feelings in such a way that they touch the simplest souls.”  (Father John Gregory, Encyclical Peter Speaks to the World)

Preparation of printing plates

“Everything we do in the material realm is for the purpose of achieving a spiritual goal.  Even if all the books we print changed only one soul, it would be worth printing them to reach that soul.  If we print a thousand books, and out of a thousand, twenty-five people profit from it, it is worth it.  We must always see things from a supernatural point of view.”  (Father John Gregory)

 

Printing the Magnificat Calendar

“Those of you who make statues, pictures, religious objects, books, do these tasks in prayer, with much love, if you want graces to be attached to these objects.”   (Father John Gregory)

Preparing the Printing

“Let us live in God, my brothers and sisters.  Let us think of the great supernatural realities and forget these trifles.  What everyone thinks about us is of no importance whatsoever.  What counts is to have God’s favor, to please Him in all things and to advance with long strides on the road to heaven.”   (Father John Gregory)

Printing

All is vanity except to love God and to serve Him only, says The Imitation of Christ. Fortune, money, fine talent, all is pure vanity. All the finest things of this world are nothing if they do not help lift us up to God, to make us grow in His love. That is why it is so important to perform all our tasks in a supernatural spirit, a spirit of charity and of submission to the holy Will of God, without attaching our heart to anything in this world.”   (Father John Gregory)

Installing a new press

“God never lets Himself be outdone in generosity. You can be sure that when we give to God with one hand, we receive in the other. When God promised us the hundredfold in this world, it was no figure of speech; it is a reality for everything we give Him.”  (Father John Gregory)

Assembling books

“All the works of the apostolate are ineffective if they are not joined to prayer and penance.  Even if we printed the finest books, that could yield nothing without the grace of God.  And the grace of God comes to us through prayer and penance.”  (Father John Gregory)

Stapling brochures

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its strength, what shall it be salted with?…  You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden… Even so, let your light shine before men, in order that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”   (Matthew 5:13-14,16)

 

Binding

“Anyone who has left everything for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold in this world,”8 says Jesus.  There is a great joy reserved for the servants of God, those who sacrifice everything for Him.  This profound joy is already a reward on earth.”   (Father John Gregory)

Binding

“Gratitude invites Him to give us more; and of course, the greatest gratitude is to make use of what He gives us, for His glory and to carry out His holy Will. My God, You have given me a healthy body, a good mind. I will put them to use in Your service, with all the strength of my soul.”  (Father John Gregory)

Assembly

“God loves a cheerful giver. He wants generous hearts, ready to do everything for Him at the slightest sign.”  (Father John Gregory)

Cutting the sides

“Preach the word, be urgent in season, out of season; reprove, entreat, rebuke with all patience and teaching. For there will come a time when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers according to their own lusts, and they will turn away their hearing from the truth and turn aside rather to fables.”  (Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle, II Timothy 4:2-4)

 

Finishing touch

“I will use the hands You have given me for the performance of holy works. In turn, out of gratitude, I give You this entire being which You have freely given me out of pure goodness.”  (Father John Gregory)

Shipping

“As soon as God shall return to the earth and reign in homes, we will experience sunny days.  It will be the golden age of humanity, because God will have regained His place.  Seek the Kingdom of God, and all the rest shall be given you besides.  The rest means everything we need:  food, clothing, health, happiness.  Everything comes to us if first we have God in our life.  May God have the first place!”  (Father John Gregory)