The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of GodFor the preservation of the Deposit of the Faith
THE ORDER of the MAGNIFICAT of the MOTHER OF GOD
and its PROPHETIC MISSION
The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God, requested by the Most Blessed Virgin Herself, at La Salette, France in 1846, was founded in Canada in 1962. The Order includes bishops, priests and religious Brothers and Sisters, some of them coming from other Religious Congregations; they preserve their respective identity and goals, but all follow a common Rule: the one dictated by the Mother of God at La Salette and approved by Leo XIII in 1879.
The Order also includes disciples, that is, lay members, either single or married, who live in the community of goods with the religious and share their labors. It also includes tertiaries, lay members living in the world, generally in cenacle homes, that is, with the privilege of having the Blessed Sacrament in the home, on condition that they lead an exemplary Christian life.
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 to adults and children. For more than fifty years, the Order has indeed been fighting against all the abuses that have brought about the decadence of the clergy, the religious state and Christian society. God has established it as “a rampart against the almost general apostasy” that has invaded Christianity and in particular the Roman Church.
This Order therefore exists and operates under its own Hierarchy. Its faith, doctrine, tradition and practices are Catholic Christian. With the Spirit of Jesus Christ inspiring it, the Order is endeavoring to return to the evangelical simplicity and purity of the early days of Christianity, ever keeping intact the doctrinal and dogmatic teachings imparted with continuity by the Saints and Doctors of the Catholic Church.
Its role in today’s world is a “supplementary role,” to preserve and continue the true Church of Christ which cannot fail; for according to the promise of Christ, The gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (St. Matthew 16:18) At La Salette, the Blessed Virgin clearly predicted that Rome will lose the faith… We are living in those sad days. It is becoming increasingly obvious that the official Authorities have capitulated in the face of evil. But through this Order, God has intervened to assure the indefectibility of His Church.
In a more or less near future, “the Holy Church will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitative of the virtues of Jesus Christ… The Gospel will be preached everywhere, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ, and because men will live in the fear of God.” (Prophecy taken from the Secret of the Blessed Virgin at La Salette, in 1846)
At La Salette, the Virgin Mary dictated the Rule of the Order of the Mother of God to Melanie, and as she was listening to Her, she contemplated in a prophetic vision the future life and works of the sons and daughters of the Order, religious and lay people, spread into every part of the world. She also saw many Religious Orders come to merge with this Order, and the others recover their primitive fervor through their contact with it.
Group of Religious and Disciples of the Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God.
“God has brought us into this Work to have us walk in His footsteps and to show the narrow way to our brothers, to those who want to be Christians. We ourselves must walk on it first.” (Father John Gregory)
Group of Sisters and Disciples
Melanie Calvat, Messenger of Our Lady of La Salette (1846), contemplated in a prophetic vision the future life and works of the sons and daughters of the Order. She also saw many Religious Orders come to merge with this Order, and the others recover their primitive fervor through their contact with it.
Group of Brothers in Quebec City on pilgrimage
“God has gathered you together here first of all to live beneath His gaze, to please Him and accomplish His holy Will, to truly be His favored children, in whom He finds His good pleasure, as He found it in His divine Son Jesus.” (Father John Gregory)
Under Mary's Care
“Mary, Mother of God and our Mother: there is no doubt that She is the One who makes us progress rapidly and makes almost easy what seems virtually insurmountable at first sight. Mary is the Mediatrix of all grace. It is this good Mother’s desire for us to call upon Her continually so that She may lead us to Her Son, Jesus Christ. That is all She asks to operate our sanctification.” (Father John Gregory)
“Our mission consists in reawakening the faith in the world. We will need to have a very ardent faith, a living faith, a faith that makes us do courageous things. It is faith that made the Saints. It is faith that will make the new Apostles who will go and preach the Gospel. May faith increase in your soul, so that you may be the chosen ones and the new Apostles that God will utilize to renew Christianity, to go and bring the faith to souls.” (Father John Gregory, our Founder)