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.
Alphonsus Salmeron had a lifelong filial devotion to Mary. It was to her that he had recourse in all his difficulties, and to her, no doubt, that he owed the great enlightenment which made him the admiration of the Fathers of the Council of Trent. His humility made him refuse the first dignities of the Church, and, in this respect too, he showed himself to be the child of the most humble Virgin. He had often said that Mary was present at the death of her servants, just as she was present at the last breath of Jesus; he deserved to see her at his deathbed, and he expired crying out: “In Paradise! in Paradise! Blessed be the time I served You, O Mary! Blessed be the preaching, the toil, all that I did and suffered for You, O my Queen! …. In Heaven!”
Oh, how sweet it is to die, when one has loved Mary from his tenderest youth! Live in such a way that you will experience this at your last hour.
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.