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Liturgy

When a person answers a call to religious life, a loving relationship with God is encouraged and assisted by the prayer life of the community, we are called to live our lives as a "continuous act of prayer and praise".

We are called to be what Jesus was, to act as He acted, to speak as He spoke. We will never have something of our own to transmit to others. All is His. "Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name all the glory" (Ps 115: 1). In the school of Jesus once a disciple, always a disciple. To be all of Him, He calls us to be with Him: "Then He appointed the twelve to be with Him ..." (Mk 3, 14). What it means to live with Him, as Him and for Him, so that we can reproduce in ourselves the same way of life: chaste, poor and obedient (LG 44, 46). This is our supreme and ultimate rule."The apostolic activity must spring from intimate union with him" (Perfectae Caritatis)

We are attracted by Jesus who, stripping himself totally of his divine condition, became a poor and humble servant; an unreserved gift and sacrifice for all mankind (2 Phil 1-14). We want the Word-made man poor in Bethlehem, anonymous in Nazareth, pilgrim on the roads, abandoned on Golgotha, raised by the Father and glorified with Him; We want Jesus announcing that the Kingdom has arrived and is among us, but also withdrawing in silence to pray and to intercede for men with the Father; Jesus who has life in abundance to give, but who also offers the narrow path of the Cross.

 

"Religious life cannot be sustained without a deep life of prayer (individual, communal and liturgical). The religious who embraces concretely a life of total consecration is called to know the risen Lord by a warm, personal knowledge, and to know Him as One with whom he or she is personally in communion: 'This is eternal life: to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.' Knowledge of Him in faith brings love: 'You did not see Him, yet you love Him; and still without seeing Him you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described.' This joy of love and knowledge is brought about in many ways, but fundamentally, and as an essential and necessary means, through individual and community encounter with God in prayer." (Essential Elements).

 

This is the time that guides our whole lives as Christians and consecrated persons. In it, the Holy Mother Church recalls and actualizes in the present day of our lives, the Saving Work of her Divine Spouse through which we are filled with the grace of salvation.

How encouraging it is for us, the Poor of Jesus Christ, to be grateful for the mysteries of the Lord's life throughout the liturgical year: from his birth in Bethlehem to his cross-redemptive death on the outskirts of Jerusalem; From his Baptism in the Jordan to his Victory over Satan in the wilderness; From the Call to the first along the Sea of Galilee to the new law given to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, etc.

The eternal Word entered the world in a human way: It became flesh (John 1:14). Therefore, for us to meet the Word is to meet a Person who speaks to our heart and who listens to us in our joys and sorrows, anguishes and hopes, fears and certainties.

As members of a Church which is essentially missionary, we can not keep the richness of this meeting to ourselves. It is necessary to spread it through preaching and witness, so that others may also hunger and thirst for the Word of the Lord (cf. Am 8,11b).

As the first Christian communities (Acts 2:42), we are invited to be assiduous participants in the Memorial of our Salvation.

Communion gives us the desire to be with Him more. That is why we daily honor His presence in such a sublime Sacrament by giving Him a worship service.

Let us ensure that everything related to the worship of the Holy Eucharist is zealously preserved, just as all gestures are devoutly fulfilled.

Driven by the mandate of the Divine Master who tells us that we must always pray (Luke 18.1) and united with him, we raise to God daily prayer of praise, thanksgiving, petition, and intercession.We elevate it in a profound union with the Mystical Body of Christ, of which we are also part, and for its edification and progress.

Together we celebrate Lauds and Vespers, considered the principal hours, and which as such should be celebrated (LC 37). Before we finish our day and for due and well-deserved rest, we pray Compline. It is our last manifestation of gratitude to God for the day given to us and for everything we do in him, and the request to remain with us while we sleep.

The Examen of Conscience and Penance

We are monthly invited to go to the “Court’s Mercy” and with a contrite heart, confess our sin and repair our faults.

From this pursuit depends all our spiritual life, our friendship with God and our Salvation (cf. CCC 1470). Through this sacrament we also have the strength to stand firm in spiritual combat.

A good confession depends on a diligent examination of conscience. By examining ourselves we will be able to accurately detect our imperfections, progress in our state of life, avoid situations of sin, fight against vices and work tirelessly for our sanctification.​

Another important way to continue our progress in our religious life is spiritual direction.

A wise and prudent spiritual director, experienced in the spiritual life, will help us to face the difficulties of our religious commitment and to remain firm in it;  He /she will help us in all things to discern the will of God; And will point out the dangers and will recommend to us the right remedy for the evils of the soul.

Once a month, diligently, we meet with our spiritual director.

Since the beginnings of our Fraternity, we feel the ceaseless and protective presence of Mary Most Holy. There was not one grace, which was not given to us through her intercession. There was not a single fight, that victory did not come through her intercession. There was not a cry for help that was not heeded.

This recognition and our filial love are the reasons why we devote different manifestations of praises and prayers to her.

On March 25 those who are properly prepared make their Consecration to the Blessed Virgin according to the method of St. Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort and will commit themselves to pray every day the Little crown in her honor.

On Saturdays, we recite the Little Office of the Immaculate. 

In the daily recitation and contemplation of the Holy Rosary, we see, as it were, our devotion to Mary is completed.

Following the doctrine presented by St. Paul about the spiritual battle (cf. Eph 6.10 to 20), we take as a particular aspect of our charism, militant spirituality.

In this fight, we have the powerful aid of the Prince of the Angelic hosts, St. Michael the Archangel, who is due to win against the Dragon and his angelic retinue.

As proof of our gratitude and devotion, we greet him every year with a "Lent" and make to him a special consecration.

The Liturgical Time
The Word of God
The Eucharist
The Liturgy of the
Hours
Spiritual Direction
The Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
The Devotion to Saint Michael

Spiritual and Liturgical Life