Ite missa est-The Father sends..

Mar 13, 2013 by

The Eucharist is “the source and the summit of the Christian Life” (Lumen Gentium, no. 11; Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324). “For in the Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church – namely, Christ himself, our Pasch” (Presbyterorum Ordinis 5).

Missionaries of Mercy is a Eucharist-centered, Marian-inspired, community-based ecclesial family.  Full and active participation in the Eucharist and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are an essential aspect of  the daily life of the members of the Family.

Nourished by the Eucharist, the Missionaries are sent out to the world – ad gentes – with the words “Ite missa est” (or more commonly, in English, “Go in peace and glorify the Lord with your lives”) in order to participate in and help perpetuate the mystery of the Father’s sending of His Son Jesus to serve, sanctify and save (Jn 20:21). (See Missionaries of Mercy – Who we are)

After a prayer of thanksgiving, one composed by the Angelic Doctor – St. Thomas Aquinas, the missionaries acknowledge their having been sent by the Father and ask for His help in their mission, which is a part of the Father’s work of Salvation. They pray:

 

Missionaries of Mercy Prayer

O Father, beginning and end of every mission, from your mercy derives every power and authority over evil, sickness and death.

Send poor and humble collaborators for your work of salvation to those who are experiencing man-made and natural disasters such as epidemics and the horrors and consequences of armed conflict.

Make your face of Love known and promote peace and healing in these situations. Open hearts to the action of your Spirit that He may be welcomed and act in all. Permit the school of mercy founded through Saint Faustina to witness to your love.

Conscious of our impotence, we entrust to this prayer, which is foolish and mad like the cross of Your Son, the desperation and cries of all who experience disasters.

We beseech you, Father – through the intercession of the Saints and the Martyrs of Charity, St. Camillus, St. Therese, Blessed John Paul II, St. Faustina, and the Blessed Virgin Mary – in the Spirit and through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior – hear our prayer. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

In praying this, the Missionaries are praying in continuity with the history of the Camillian Task Force and SOS DRS. I was instrumental in founding both of these, the first in 2004 and the latter in 2008. Thus for some eight years I prayed the CTF/SOS DRS prayer after mass daily, a prayer which is almost identical to the Missionaries of Mercy prayer. In that regard, I must add a word of gratitude to Fr. Pietro Magliozzi, MI, a fellow Camillian missionary and physician who serves in Chile. He helped me launch the CTF in 2004 and was also a co-author in the composition of the CTF prayer – ad maiorem Misericordiae Dei gloriam.

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