-- Missionarii Sanctissimae Eucharistiae --
Who are we?
The "Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist" is a public clerical association, which has for its charism the promotion of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in parishes and dioceses. The association was erected by Bishop Dominique Rey, bishop of Fréjus-Toulon on July 17th 2007 in Paray-le-Monial, the sanctuary where Jesus made known to St. Margaret Mary his « thirst » to be loved in the Blessed Sacrament.
The moderator is Fr. Florian Racine and the association is composed of priests, deacons, religious and laity with varying degrees of commitment. There are both permanent and associate members. It is based in the town of Saint Maximin, France and is in charge of the Basilica which contains the relics of Saint Mary Magdalene.
It is a Eucharistic community set up for the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus in ourselves and in the world. Its goal is the establishment of perpetual adoration in parishes and the formation of adorers so that they will be able to love Jesus and make Him loved.
In accordance with its statutes the community seeks to:
- Encourage the practice of Eucharistic adoration in parishes by means of preaching, giving talks, retreats and organising conferences and congresses.
- Organise perpetual adoration in parishes and towns in such a way that the Blessed Sacrament be exposed solemnly and adored unceasingly.
- Give Jesus a guard of honour and love by inviting parishioners to choose a weekly hour of adoration and by helping them to remain faithful to it.
- To form other formators (2 Tm 2, 2) who will in turn attract new adorers by becoming witnesses of the Eucharistic Lord in the world.
- To create links between parishes which already have adoration.
- To organise, wherever necessary, parish missions for the renewal of existing adoration chapels thus reinforcing the chain of prayer and deepening the prayer life of adorers.
- To assume the animation of Eucharistic centres or diocesan Eucharistic sanctuaries.
To what end?
Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist merits a response of love and adoration on the part of the Church which is His Beloved Bride. In perpetual adoration the Bride of Christ is prepared for the Eternal Marriage of the Lamb. With faith and love she prays : « Maranatha, come Lord Jesus » (Rev. 22 : 20)
We believe that by adoration Jesus sanctifies both the adorer and the whole world. Pope John Paul II once said :
« Through adoration, the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the Gospel. Anyone who prays to the Saviour draws the whole world with him and raises it to God. Those who stand before the Lord are therefore fulfilling an eminent service. They are presenting to Christ all those who do not know him or are far from him; they keep watch in his presence on their behalf.» ( Pope John Paul II, Letter to Mgr Houssiau for the 750th anniversary of Corpus Christi, 28th of June 1996)
« The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in His Sacrament of Love… May our adoration never cease. » (John Paul II, Apostolic Letter « Dominicae Cenae », 24th February 1980) .
A Response to the requests of the Magisterium…
Cardinal Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, in a letter addressed to all of the bishops of the world on the 8th of December 2007 wrote: "We intend in a very particular way to entrust all priests to Mary, the Mother of the High and Eternal Priest, bringing about in the Church a movement of prayer, placing 24 hour continuous Eucharistic adoration at the centre, so that a prayer of adoration, thanksgiving, praise, petition, and reparation, will be raised to God, incessantly and from every corner of the earth, with the primary intention of awakening a sufficient number of holy vocations to the priestly state and, at the same time, spiritually uniting with a certain spiritual maternity—at the level of the Mystical Body—all those who have already been called to the ministerial priesthood and are ontologically conformed to the one High and Eternal Priest… »
Cardinal Hummes went on to recommend that each diocese have a priest dedicated to the promotion of Eucharistic Adoration. He said that such a priest would be a reminder to his brothers in the presbyterate that a priest must be an adorer who contemplates the Holy Eucharist. He also asked for the establishment of Eucharistic Sanctuaries which would be like Marian Sanctuaries, but which would be dedicated to the perpetual worship of the Eucharistic Lord.
In his Apostolic Exhortation « Sacramentum Caritatis », Pope Benedict wrote : « With the Synod Assembly, therefore, I heartily recommend to the Church's pastors and to the People of God the practice of eucharistic adoration, both individually and in community. Great benefit would ensue from a suitable catechesis explaining the importance of this act of worship, which enables the faithful to experience the liturgical celebration more fully and more fruitfully. Wherever possible, it would be appropriate, especially in densely populated areas, to set aside specific churches or oratories for perpetual adoration. I also recommend that, in their catechetical training, and especially in their preparation for First Holy Communion, children be taught the meaning and the beauty of spending time with Jesus, and helped to cultivate a sense of awe before his presence in the Eucharist. » (Sacramentum Caritatis, n° 67) .
The « Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist » wish to respond to this desire of the Church in any way that we can.