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.
A young religious of the Order of St. Dominic offered Mary the mystical crown of the Rosary every day. On a journey, he came across a forest infested by brigands. Seeing his companion trembling, he reassured him, reviving his confidence in Mary. Then, having sat down, they recited the rosary together. When a thief, hidden nearby, had observed them, he saw a rich Lady weaving a crown with roses that she had collected from the mouths of these religious; and when the crown was finished, she put it on her head and disappeared.
Amazed at this strange sight, the bandit approached the two travelers and asked them who this Lady was who was with them. “No one was with us,” replied one of the religious; “we prayed the rosary together. – I saw a lady with you,” said the murderer, “you were giving her flowers and she was weaving a crown. – My prior told me one day,” added the religious, “that in reciting the rosary one offers to Mary the most beautiful flowers. The Lady you saw is the Queen of Heaven, who wanted to show you the truth of this saying.”
The robber, touched by this prodigy, was converted and became a fervent servant of Mary.
Oh, with what love the Mother of Mercy welcomes the homage we pay her by reciting the Most Holy Rosary! (Annals of Wadding)
Should this example not arouse in us a tender devotion for the Rosary, a prayer so pleasing to the Queen of Heaven, that she has not ceased to manifest it from century to century?
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.