The Daughters of the Most Holy Redeemer is an Association of the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Its members strive to live as apostolic hermits entirely given over to the love of Jesus, Our Most Holy Redeemer and to the salvation of souls.

As in conformity with their proper vocation the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer habitually use the liturgical books in use in 1962, applying the provision of Article 3 of the Motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, of Pope Benedict XVI, so too do also the Daughters of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Developments

Dear Friends, Praise be to Jesus and Mary! There has been many developments for our budding association over the past few months. We now find ourselves in need of somewhere to put down our roots and begin, a first house where we can receive those wanting to live consecrated to God for the glory of His Name and the salvation of souls. We wish especially to dedicate this house, and all our efforts to making reparation to the Holy Face of Our Lord as He has asked us to do through Venerable Sr Mary of St Peter. To become other Veronicas wiping clean the bloody and spittle covered face of Our Beloved Redeemer. Please see below the post about this from the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer Blog. Click Here to see it in place. Any assistance would be gratefully appreciated. Please keep us in your prayers also.
Devotedly
Sr Mary Columba


Faciem meam non averti ab increpantibus, et conspuentibus in me.
I have not turned my face away from them that rebuked me and spit upon me.
(Lesson from the Mass of Holy Monday - Isaias 50:6)

May the Most Holy, Most Sacred, Most Adorable,
Most Incomprehensible and Unutterable Name of God
be always praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified,
in Heaven on earth and in the hells,
by all the creatures of God
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ 
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.
(The Golden Arrow prayer 
given in 1843 by Our Lord to Ven. Sr. Mary of St Peter)


Our Lord revealed to Venerable Sister Mary of St Peter, that the sin of blasphemy greatly offends him. Blasphemy and abusing His Holy Name is as spitting into His Holy Face. He said:  
"I seek Veronicas to wipe and venerate My Divine Face, which has but few adorers!" 
And then he assured me that all persons who would apply themselves to this Work of Reparation would perform the same service in His behalf as she did. 
(October 27, 1845)

For many months several women in Christchurch have been preparing to consecrate their lives entirely to God. Two have made perpetual vows of Chastity. Four more are ready to do so. 

I invite you to offer alms of reparation so that a house in or around Christchurch, may be purchased and given to the Holy Face of Jesus for women consecrated to Him. 

Alms-giving is a reparation for sins.  The Lenten season of alms-giving is coming to an end. 
Invest your alms in a house consecrated to make reparation for blasphemy.

Alms and donations may be sent via the PayPal with the note 'Reparation'. Or by contacting me through the contact button on this page.


A three bedroom house in Christchurch costs about $400,000 NZ Dollars.
 ($277,000 USD; £224,000 GBP). The purchase itself is a worthy act of reparation.

Please spread the word and help me to find this house for consecrated Veronicas.


My best and prayerful wishes to you for a fruitful Holy Week.

Devotedly,
Father Michael Mary, F.SS.R.
Rector Major



Monday, 16 May 2016

The Hermitage of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour - at St Magnus at the end of the pier (temporarily)


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One of the beauties of the hermitage is that it can be wherever the hermit is. So after receiving the Rule and enclosure habit prior to Easter, this hermit has been blessed to up-hermitage and come to Stronsay in Orkney, Scotland, for six months. This will allow for a time of study and spiritual growth and learning more about the eremitical monastic life, by living near to our Brother Monks.


I've been here coming up three weeks and praise God the weather has been lovely, the people are lovely and the solitude and silence is wonderful. This is a truly beautiful northern desert. Thanks be to God for all His many Blessings!


I wish everyone a Holy Octave of Pentecost! Veni Sancte Spiritus!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Of The Rule for the Hermitage and the Cell


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The Rule for the Hermitage and the Cell describes the life of the Association of the Daughters of the Most Holy Redeemer. Through obedience to it a unity is gained even through the diversity of situations. The members of the Association live as apostolic hermits in the world. They support themselves or work to gain their livelihood and are able with the guidance of the Rector Major to adapt the Rule for the Hermitage and the Cell to suit their unique circumstances. Thus the Association has a place for all who wish to give themselves to Christ, either old or young, widows or the infirm. Each listening to the call of Christ “Si vis esse perfectus...veni” -If you wish to be perfect......come follow me.

Our rule consists of a brief introduction to the Hermitage as our desert place and the Cell, the image of the soul. Then follow the seven chapters:

Chapter One – of Obedience
Chapter Two – of Prayer
Chapter Three – of Poverty
Chapter Four – of Chastity
Chapter Five – of Solitude and Silence
Chapter Six – of Askesis
Chapter Seven – of Mary and Visitation

Each chapter, after a brief introduction to the topic, is divided into two halves. The first treats of the Hermitage. This gives the spirit of the eremitical community life and lays out the general rules for observance. The second treats of the Cell. It gives personal application to the subject of the rule and provides spiritual guidelines to help in the growth of the soul.


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Of a Decree



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Praise be to Jesus Christ! His Merciful Love is endless. On the 8th day of March 2016, the feast of St Duthac, Bishop of Aberdeen, the following Decree was issued thus establishing us as an official association of the Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer. Here I reproduce it in full:

Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer

Decree

By the publication of this document The Rule for the Hermitage and the Cell and in conformity to Canons 298 § 1, 303, 304, 311 §2, and the provision made in our Constitutions, I hereby give an initial structure to an association of our Congregation.

The association is given the title: “The Association of the Daughters of the Most Holy Redeemer.”

The purpose of the association is to live entirely given over to the love of Jesus, our Most Holy Redeemer, and to the salvation of souls by drawing from the spirituality of our monastic and missionary Congregation, and adapting it to the times, circumstances and possibilities of the members of the association.

Very Rev. Father Michael Mary, F.SS.R
Rector Major

Feast of St Duthac, Bishop Diocese of Aberdeen
8 March 2016

Rev Brother Martin Mary, F.SS.R
                      General Consultor
                                     Secretary



May God complete in us the work He has started.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hidden Service: “....your Father who sees in secret will repay you”

Hidden is the past participle of hide which means:

A) Put or keep out of sight

B) Prevent (someone or something) from being seen

Service means:

A) The action of helping or doing work for someone

B) An act of assistance

So hidden service is putting or keeping out of sight an action of helping someone. Alternatively it is preventing an act of assistance being seen. Our Lord tells us to do all things in secret. First he says to give alms so our left hand doesn't know what the right is doing. Then he tells us to pray also in secret. He promises that our Father who sees in secret will repay us. Any praise we receive here on earth is nothing compared to the reward our Father wants to give us. But if we take the earthly glory we lose all right to the heavenly reward, for as Our Lord says of those who rejoice in being noticed for their works and prayers “truely I tell you they have had their reward”. How terrible to forgo heavenly rewards for a brief moment of praise and acknowledgment here and now.

But more than this, we should not merely be motivated by the reward to come, but by pure love of God. When you love someone you delight in doing things for that person. You think only of that person and do not look for the praise of others. Were a wife to do something special for her husband, she would not expect the neighbour to praise her for it. So we should be with God. He is our one and only True Love. We should do everything purely to please Him and give Him glory and not expect others to praise us for it. More than that we should grieve at being praised for it endangers our happiness and feeds our vanity and vainglory. Our actions should be done in a spirit of hiddeness. Sometimes however it is not possible for actions to be actually hidden, and other times charity dictates we receive recognition. In these circumstances hiddeness becomes an interior act. We receive the praise and offer it straight up to God.



Our Lord gives us a perfect example of hidden service in his 30 years of hidden life. He quietly worked and prayed in secret winning countless graces for the world. By spending most of His time on earth in this way, He shows us the great love He has for hiddeness. Throughout His whole life we read of people finding Him, which shows he was always hidden. From the nativity when the Wise men and shepherds searched for Him and found Him in the manger, to the finding in the Temple after Our Lady and St Joseph searched for three days. Then even in His public life people heard He was nearby and sought him out. He didn't announce Himself or go looking for people to heal. He remained exactly where His Father wanted Him to be and people came looking for Him. He tells us this is His will when He says “seek and you shall find” and again “seek ye first the kingdom of God”. He is still hidden from the world today and longs for us to seek after Him. He comes to us in the ultimate hiding place, the Holy Eucharist. Who would look for God in something resembling a piece of bread? His greatest gift to us is also the strongest argument for hiddeness.


Our Blessed Mother is the model of hidden service. Right from the moment of the Annunciation and even before then, she hid herself completely in silent contemplation of her Son and God. All through her life every action was performed for Him. Either directly ministering to His temporal needs or through acts of charity performed for others out of love for Him. Such as her request at the wedding of Cana, out of compassion for the young couple running out of wine. We cannot say much about this hidden service of Our Lady because it was and is just that, hidden. Through her humility she is an expert at hiding herself in order that God might have all the glory.

Let us strive in all things to imitate Our Lord and His Holy Mother, but especially in doing everything in a spirit of hiddeness. By not expecting or delighting in praise, by hiding our actions when possible and by offering them and the glory from them straight to Our Lord. This way we show our love for our Jesus and grow our treasure in heaven. Deo Gratias.





Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A few words about our charism.

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Our charism is twofold, consisting of both Monastic and Apostolic life. These seemingly opposite lives work together in harmony like two sisters. The Mary and the Martha each enriching and drawing strength from the other. Like two sides of a coin they are different aspects of the same life.

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Through the monastic life we live our union with the Mystical Body of Christ throughout the ages. We carry on and participate in the prayers and life of our monastic forebears, our Fathers in the Desert. Like them and our holy father St Alphonsus, we seek to heed the call of God to “leave the world and give thyself to Me”. To live set apart from worldly things. To pray in the desert with Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother. To grow closer and closer to our Divine Spouse and intercede for His Holy Church and the most abandoned souls.

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The Apostolic life flows from the monastic life. Charity unites us in the Church with all the members of Christ’s Body throughout the world. As members of the same Body we share Christ's life and love. We have a particular calling to work amongst the most abandoned souls, those souls who due to distance, age or other circumstances find themselves in spiritual or temporal need.

Deo Gratias
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