MARIAN SERVANTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
34 Ocean Ave.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
MARIAN SERVANTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT was founded in July, 1997 and approved by Bishop John Synder, Diocese of St. Augustine Florida, as a private association of the Christian Faithful in August, 1997. We are a Chapter of the MARIAN SERVANTS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE in Clearwater, Florida, which is our Mother Chapter. Below is important information about the MARIAN SERVANTS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE that also applies to the MARIAN SERVANTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.
The Most Rev. W. Thomas Larkin, D.D., first recognized the Marian Servants of Divine Providence as a private Catholic lay association of the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida on November 24, 1987. On August 5, 1997, the Most Rev. Robert N. Lynch decreed the Marian Servants to be a private association of the Christian Faithful. This association is the foundation and unifying force for all the ministries gathered under the mantle of Our Lady of Divine Providence.
The MISSION of the Marian Servants is to bring all Christians to a deeper understanding of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world. As a predominantly lay association of the Christian faithful, we believe we are called to be active members of the Church, working to the full extent of our abilities, for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
The SPIRITUALITY of the Marian Servants is threefold:
1). We have a special devotion to the Holy Spirit and an openness to the reception and expression of His gifts as a charismatic community. 2). We have a special devotion to Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer, who is the model of all aspects of our spirituality, especially as we carry it out in our apostolic ministry. Thus, we treasure all the words and attitudes of the Blessed Mother, particularly her simplicity, her humility, and her trust in Divine Providence. 3). In order to live out these virtues more faithfully, we as members of the Marian Servants, pledge ourselves to a special loyalty to the Holy Father, and to the Magisterium of the Church and humbly accept their authority and guidance in matters of faith and morals.
THE RULE OF LIFE
The virtues of the Marian Servants are Holiness, Obedience, and Service. These virtues find their concrete and personal expression in the Rule of Life. HOLINESS We respond to the call to holiness given to us at Baptism and make that call the center of our commitment as Marian Servants. We embrace a life of prayer shown by attending Mass, praying the rosary, meditating on the Word of God, reciting Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours, and spending at least one half hour in quiet, personal prayer - all performed daily whenever possible. In addition, we receive the sacrament of Reconciliation monthly, make special efforts to keep holy the Lord’s Day, and intercede before the Blessed Sacrament.
On this strong foundation, we are able to walk with faith, hope, and love in the presence of the Holy Spirit and take up our cross and follow Him. With Mary as our model, we try to emulate all the virtues that made her first “yes” vibrate throughout the world. We offer our prayer, fasting, and works of charity as gifts to make reparation for the whole world in union with Christ’s own sufferings for mankind.
We enter into community, not only to share our joys and sorrows with each other, but to use it as our arena for living out the call of Jesus to come closer to Him through others. We commit to prayer, adoration and a weekly meeting. The Marian Servants are not a covenant community nor do we hold all things in common. OBEDIENCE Our allegiance is to the Holy Father and the local Bishop he has appointed to be the shepherd of our diocese. We tithe to our community, the Marian Servants, as a sign of giving of self on every level of our being. We offer material charity to others beyond the fulfillment of the tithe as we reach out to share our time, talent, and treasure. We obey the superiors placed before us in community as a sign of our obedience to God, whose Will being accomplished in our lives and in the whole world, is our guiding principle. HUMBLE SERVANTHOOD Our call to holiness calls us into service. We share our gifts and strengths with others to further the work God has called the Marian Servants to do. We give a minimum of three hours a week to service. We commit ourselves as servants, particularly to those who are least loved for the loved of Christ We use the gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we may be instruments of peace and healing for the troubled, the lonely, and the lost. We wait upon the Lord so His Will may be done in us and we can become His witnesses.
There are four levels of commitment as a Marian Servant: Candidate, Associate member, Full member, and Lifetime member. After a minimum of one year in formation, the candidate enters into membership. ·Associate members fulfill the Rule of Life to the best of their ability and state of life. ·Full members freely embrace all the counsels of the Rule. ·Lifetime members take on a serious commitment to the Rule with a high level of service to the vision and ministries of the Marian Servants.
OPEN TO THE PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND FAITHFUL TO THE HOLY FATHER AND THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH, WE TRUSTINGLY MAKE OUR PILGRIM JOURNEY THROUGH TIME UNDER THE MANTLE OF OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE, AND FAITHFULLY FOLLOWING HER EXAMPLE, WE COMMIT OURSELVES, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR WHOLE LIVES TO JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD, FOR THE GREATER HONOR AND GLORY OF GOD, AND THE SALVATION OF ALL.
“YOU, TOO, GO INTO THE VINEYARD.’ (Matthew 20:3-4. CHRIST1FIDELES LAICI p. 10).
If you hear the Lord calling you to further information about the Marian Servants, please call 904-471-8672.