The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God has a special purpose the preservation of the Deposit of Faith through religious education in all its forms. God has established him as “a bulwark against the almost general apostasy” which has invaded Christendom and in particular the Roman Church.
Nowadays this office is performed by children, by simple people, while even crowned heads would not be worthy of such an honor. – St. Bonaventure says that to serve the Mass is an angelic ministry, because many angels, by attending the Holy Sacrifice, serve God during the celebration of this august mystery. – St. Mechtilde saw the soul of a lay brother shining brightly, because he had had the devotion during his life to serve as many Masses as he could. – And St. Thomas Aquinas, that light of the schools, appreciated no less the happiness of one who serves the priest at the altar, since, after celebrating, he desired nothing more than to serve a second Mass.
St. Thomas More, the great chancellor of England, never failed to attend Mass despite his many occupations. One day, during Mass, a delegate of the king demanded his presence for important business, the chancellor replied, “Some more patience! I must first pay my respects to a still higher sovereign: I must attend the audience of heaven to the end.” – He did not think it beneath his dignity to serve the Mass; for, to those who reproached him for it, under the pretext that he disregarded the decorum of his position, he replied, “I make it a true honor to be able to render this feeble service to the greatest of sovereigns.”
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.
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.