For the Preservation of the Deposit of the Faith

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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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Our Lady of the Rosary

The pagan children’s rosary

At the beginning of the 19th century, a priest entered the islands of Fernando-Po and Amban. He was surprised to find a crudely built cross on the shore not far from the sea, and around it a group of native children, among whom was a white child. They were reciting the rosary aloud in Spanish. On seeing the priest, the child exclaimed, “A priest!” and all the others immediately turned their heads. The missionary approached and asked the child, who could have been ten years old, to take him to his parents’ house. “I have no parents here,” he replied; “I was thrown by a shipwreck into this island, and some people took me in. Remembering the teachings of my mother who recommended that I say the rosary every day, I began to recite it. As I did not have a statue of the Blessed Virgin and I did not know how to make one, I made this cross in front of which I come to say my prayers every day. My little friends come there with me, and I tried to teach them the Hail Mary, so that we could say the rosary together.”

The missionary asked the child how long he had been on this island. “I don’t know exactly,” he replied, “but it seems to me that it must be a long time; for it seemed to me a long time, away from papa and mama.” The child led the priest to the house that had taken him in, and these good people received him with great respect. The next day the missionary presided at the recitation of the rosary, which was attended by several families. He addressed a few words to them; he even went from family to family, and soon, under the protection of the Queen of the Rosary, a fervent Christianity was formed, and developed by the arrival of other apostolic men. One of these, returning to Spain, took the child with him. The child had the good fortune to find his parents, who had escaped the shipwreck like him. He told them of Mary’s kindness to him and the prodigious effects of the rosary in the exile in which he had lived.

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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.