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. This association was erected by Bishop Dominique Rey, bishop of Fréjus-Toulon on July 17th, 2007 in Paray-le-Monial, the Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart where Jesus made known to St. Margaret Mary His “thirst” to be loved in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The moderator is Fr. Florian Racine and the community is based in the town of Saint Maximin, France and is the rector of the Basilica which contains the relics of Saint Mary Magdalene.
The Missionaries are a community working to increase the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus in ourselves and in the world. Its goal is the establishment of Eucharistic Shrines, perpetual adoration in parishes and the formation of adorers so that they will be able to love Jesus and make Him loved. The Missionaries pursue this goal through parish missions, preaching, conferences, retreats, congresses and publications.
According to the statutes, the community strives:
1. to ensure the creation and existence of “Eucharistic sanctuaries”
2. to encourage the practice of Eucharistic adoration in parishes through homilies, conferences, retreats, congresses …
3. to organize perpetual adoration in parishes or cities so that the Blessed Sacrament is solemnly exposed, and adored without interruption,
4. to form others (2 Tim 2, 2) who attract new adorers by becoming witnesses of the Eucharist,
5. to organize boost missions when necessary to strengthen the chain of adoration and continue the formation of adorers,
All this to love and to make loved Jesus truly present at the Blessed Sacrament.
What purpose ?
➢We believe that through Eucharistic adoration, Jesus evangelizes us and evangelizes the whole world. “”By adoration, the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world. Everyone who prays to the Savior brings the entire world with him and elevates it to God. Those who come before the Lord are therefore fulfilling an eminent service … “(Pope Saint John Paul II, Letter to Bishop Houssiau for the 750th Anniversary of Corpus Christi, June 28, 1996)
➢We believe in the urgency of adoration as the ultimate means to renew and transform the world into a new world, where Jesus Christ, raised in faith and love, becomes a flame that illuminates, heals and embraces the whole world: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me” (Jn 12:32).
➢We believe that perpetual adoration is the love song of the Church, the Bride, to the Eucharistic Spouse: “Maranatha, come Lord Jesus” (Rev 22, 20) for eternal union, first with the soul, but one day with all humanity. We believe that by giving to the Lord the honor and glory that come to his name through perpetual adoration, we proclaim Jesus the Eucharistic King of love and mercy so that He takes possession of his reign (Rev 11:17, 19:6) according to his promise: “Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21: 5). For “according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3: 13).
➢We believe that through incessant adoration, the light of the Risen One chases away the darkness of the world, just as God gave victory to the people of Israel when Moses, helped Aaron and Uhr, raised his arms up in incessant intercession ( Ex 17: 8-13) “The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. May our adoration never cease “(Pope Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Letter “Dominicae Cenae”, February 24, 1980).
Cardinal Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, in a letter addressed to all the bishops of the world, wrote on December 8, 2007: “With an awareness that action follows being and that the soul of every apostolate is Divine intimacy,it is our intention for the departure point to be a spiritual endeavor. In order to continually maintain a greater awareness of the ontological link between the Eucharist and the Priesthood, and in order to recognize the special maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for each Priest, it is our intention to bring about a connection between perpetual Eucharistic adoration for the sanctification of priests “
In his Apostolic Exhortation “Sacramentum Caritatis”, Benedict XVI affirmed the teaching of the Church on the centrality of Eucharistic adoration in ecclesial life, through a call for perpetual adoration, addressed to all pastors, bishops and priests, and to the people of God: “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” (Sacramentum Caritatis, n ° 67).
Cardinal Hummes proposes in this sense that “Each diocese appoint a priest who will devote himself full time – as far as possible – to the specific ministry of promoting Eucharistic adoration and coordinating this important service in the diocese. Dedicating himself generously to this ministry, this priest will be able to live this particular dimension of liturgical, theological, spiritual and pastoral life, possibly in a place specifically set aside for this purpose by the bishop himself, where the faithful will benefit from perpetual Eucharistic adoration. Just as there are Marian Shrines, with rectors in charge of that particular ministry and suitable for its specific needs, it is also possible to have “Eucharistic shrines” – with priests in charge of them – which radiate and foster the special love that the Church has for the Holy Eucharist, worthily celebrated and continuously adored. Such ministry within the presbyterate will remind all diocesan priests, as Benedict XVI said, that “the secret of their sanctification lies precisely in the Eucharist. (…) The priest must be first and foremost an adorer who contemplates the Eucharist” (Angelus, 18 September 2005). (see letter and explanatory note of Cardinal Hummes).
The “Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist” desire to respond to this call of the Church.