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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Stripped of the garment by the enemy.

In the early days of the Church, a pagan king sent for a bishop and ordered him to sacrifice to idols. The bishop refused, and the tyrant threatened him with death. “Let us suppose,” said the bishop boldly, “that one of your servants is taken by the enemy and that, instigated to treachery, he remains faithful to you; let the furious enemy then strip him of his clothes and send him back to you naked. What would you do? Would you not clothe him with brand new clothes? The same is true of me. You threaten me, the servant of the true God, that if I do not deny Him, you will strip me of the garment of my soul, that is, kill my body. But God will give me back this garment which I will lose for love of Him.”

God will give the martyrs their lives back. Jesus Christ promised that whoever loses his life for His sake will get it back. (S. Matth. 10, 39.)

Opinion of a child on martyrdom.

Baronius reports in his Annals the following fact. In the year 523, a mother and her only child were arrested by the tyrant Dunaan on account of their religion. The mother was condemned to the fire, while the child was spared. “I want,” he cried, “to accompany my mother! I also want to become a martyr! – Do you want to be a martyr?” replied the tyrant. “Do you know what it is? – Oh yes, said the child; to be martyred is to give one’s life to Christ for love, and to receive it again immediately afterwards.”

To lose one’s life for God is to enter heaven immediately; so the Church never prays for martyrs.

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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.

My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.