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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Our Lady of Purgatory

The value of Indulgences

To help us understand the value of indulgences in favor of souls in Purgatory, let us look at the admirable example of Blessed Berthold, preacher of the Order of Saint Francis. He had just given a very moving sermon on almsgiving, and he had granted his listeners ten days of indulgences, according to the power he had received from the Sovereign Pontiff, when a lady of condition, who had retained from her former rank only the fear of confessing her present misery, came to expose it to him secretly. The good Father gave her the same answer as St. Peter had given to the lame man of Jerusalem: “I have neither silver nor gold, but what I have I give you. I assure you again that you have earned ten days’ worth of indulgences by attending my preaching this morning, for the Holy Father has honored me with this privilege for the sake of the souls I am called to evangelize. Go, then, to such and such a banker, who has hardly cared for spiritual treasures up to now, and offer him, in return for the alms he will give you, to give him your merit, so that the pains which await him in Purgatory may be lessened. I have every reason to believe that he will give you some help.”

The poor woman went there in all simplicity and with great faith. God allowed this man to receive her kindly: he asked her how much she claimed to receive in exchange for her ten days’ indulgence.

“As much, she answered, as they weigh in the balance!” She felt animated by an inner strength. “Well, resumed the banker, here are scales: write on a paper your ten days and put it in one of the trays; I put on the other a silver coin.” O wonder! the first tray does not rise, but instead drags the silver one down. Astonished, the man adds a silver coin, which does not change anything to the weight. He put in five, ten, thirty, as many as the supplicant needed in her present need; only then did the two trays balance. This was a valuable lesson for the banker; he finally felt the value of heavenly interests. But poor souls understand it even better; for the slightest indulgence they would give all the gold in the world.

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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.