“Now they were persevering in the doctrine of the Apostles, and in the communion of the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers” (Acts of the Apostles 2:42)
The foundation of their consecration brothers find in the life and work of the early Church. Following the example of Jesus’ disciples, brothers respond to God’s call with their lives, which is fruit of openness to the Holy Spirit. Above all, their sanctification is recognised by living in prayer, they are live limbs of the Church, in perpetual adoration and celebration of Christ the Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.
The brothers, after the example of St. Francis who became prayer himself, are honoring and accepting life of the Eucharist as the “center and peak” of their own sanctification, uniting theirselves every day with Jesus Christ, first and perfect Petitioner and the Mediator between God and man for the salvation of the world. Personal or community prayer brothers devote to heavenly Father as an act of unconditional love in Jesus Christ, testifying in that way that their material and spiritual goods are mutual.
“We adore You, Lord Jesus Christ, here, and in all Your Churches throughout the whole world” (St. Francis)
The brothers achieve their mission directing their lives toward lasting adoration to the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, especially in places, parishes and dioceses where there are shrines as centers for pilgrims. With prayer, sacrifice and concrete commitment, brothers support managers, employees of the shrines and accepting pilgrims in the spirit of Christian love giving them spiritual help.
Permanent residence of brothers are in these shrines, places of silence, prayer, recollection and hospitality. They are trying joyfully and responsibly witness God’s love for all the people with their apostolate of prayer, concrete commitment and service in sanctuaries, contributing in that way to the Kingdom of God in the Church and in the whole world.
“Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mk 1, 15)
The call to conversion is the root of Jesus’ salvific work. Believing in the Gospel is a constant way of salvation which, above all, includes a decision for life in penance for the sake of following Jesus. That requires complete freedom of heart and spirit. St. Francis, accepting a life of penance as a favor, has wrapped himself around the Good News, staying away from sin and the spirit world. Following the example of Francis, brothers accepted this way of life as a merciful vocation to ongoing conversion in the light of the Gospel message of salvation.
That goal they are achieve in the daily lofe looking to the Lord in sincere prayer, penance and contemplation, shunning any selfishness and preserving and developing mutual love and respect.
By accepting the daily obligations and duties assigned to them through the service, brothers live in the regular penance and mortification of the body so they could, by the grace of God and mutual help, be born again through the Holy Spirit.
By accepting the Gospel as the source and inspiration of life in the Fraternity, brothers particular are embracing special sensitivity to the word of God in the daily readings, personal and community honoring especially through regular life in community and in daily participation in the Mass and other religious gatherings.
The Word of God is the light and strenght of the Spirit in the lives of brothers which encourages them to recognize the will of the Father who constantly gives Himself in the Word.
In communion with brothers and sisters of the whole spiritual Family, based on the five spiritual steps, Fraternity gathers once a week to worship and listen to the Word of God.
Such a meeting of the whole Fraternity in prayer which has biblical and spiritual – educational character, develops and promotes a true communion in Him.
In this sense, the brothers are invited to have in their minds and hearts that communion between them is, above all, the fruit of the Holy Spirit that is growing by listening, receiving and exercising God’s word.
This is also the meeting of brothers who are together in the path of repentance, salvation and holiness which acquires its fullness in a common celebration of the Sunday Eucharist in which the Word becomes the Body for the life of the world.
The true unity, as a result of community, is born only from the Eucharist as highlight of the paschal mystery, from which and by which brothers are included in the essential mission of the Church.
Spirit of the Liturgy
In the spirit of the conciliar documents and approved liturgical books, celebration of liturgy and worship, brothers accept and live in the way that is recommended and determined by the competent ecclesiastical authorities .
As a regular way of sanctification in the Association, the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation brothers consider fundamental for salvation.
Special attention is paid to respecting and developing the spirit of the liturgy of the Church. As a specialty of the Association, the brothers are weekly celebrating and living memorial of the paschal mystery of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and in a special way in communion with the whole Church, celebrating Sunday as the Lord’s Day, honoring the Holy Trinity.
In addition to their patron saints, brothers in a special way worship Virgin Mary as Mother of the Church. In honor of Mary’s most pure hands Fraternity is praying novena in silence and penance, and the Sunday before Ash Wednesday there is a special ceremony to celebrate Day of the Association and the communion of the whole spiritual family.
“The Father seeks true worshipers”
The Holy Eucharist brothers accepted as the culmination and fullness of praising Holy Trinity, by which they live and achieve perfect communion with the whole Church. Since Christ “is reborn every day on our altars”, they subordinate everything to the daily celebration of the Eucharist.
They are trying to celebrate Mass with the entire Fraternity in the biggest respect, love and composure. Preserving God’s presence in themselves brothers properly prepare for the Eucharist as the peak of the day because it is a foretaste of the eternal feast.
Because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of light, brothers celebrate the Eucharist as a biggest Gift, accomplishing in that way essential mission – becoming a living bread of blessing and a sign of communion between God and the people for life of the world.
Relying on Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament brothers, as the center of their call, are trying to live in daily adoration, joyful silence and deep gratitude in response to entrusted God’s love, becoming permanent worshipers in spirit and in truth: because Father seeks such worshipers.
“Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship“ (Romans 12: 1)
Inspiration and mission of the Association and through it the entire Church, brothers find in the Highpriestly prayer of Jesus addressed to the Father, by which we open the way of salvation and holiness, in the dynamics of the contemplative life for the sanctification in the spirit and truth.
Presenting life through Jesus to the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Association expresses and achieves Trinitarian character of christian life, whose eschatological realization, to which the whole Church aspires, anticipates it that way.
Awared of their sublime vocation and mission in the Church, brothers in evangelical simplicity are trying to seek every day and night, to truly and humbly believe, hold in the heart, to love, worship and serve, bowing in praise, to bless and celebrate transcendent and eternal God, Father, Son and Spirit Spirit.
Permanently focused on looking at the face of Jesus Christ as a perfect Way that leads to the Father, brothers are striving towards divinisation in perpetual adoration of the Blessed Trinity in the Blessed Sacrament, honoring the name of God in all circumstances of life.
In their own consecration to God in the Church, brothers seek to testify “confessio Trinitatis which characterizes whole Christian life, admitting with admiration the sublime beauty of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, dedicating their time and strength in alternating adoration within the Association.
“Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:6)
The brothers, living in true love, are invited to serve each other daily and tirelessly following the example of Jesus Christ, who did not want to be served but to serve others.
In the light of Jesus’ example, brothers strive with unconditional love in the Holy Spirit to show the fruits of their consecration for increasing the dignity of brothers with whom they live.
By their example, through prayer, sacrifice and closeness they are improving healing of the soul, body and spirit among brothers, fulfilling with their work and sacrifice things that are lacking in Christ’s Mystical Body – the Church.
Inspired by the example of St. Francis special care and attention brothers dedicate themselves to today’s “lepers” impacted by the influence of evil one on the physical, mental and spiritual level.
For certain actions and mission within the Fraternity, where necessary, brothers are obliged to seek the permission of ecclesiastical authority, and for other ongoing services they were invited to appropriately empower.
For the purpose of the time, they develop a responsible and appropriate cooperation with brothers and sisters from spiritual familiy, so that can provide adequate spiritual and professional assistance for future members of the Association and other believers and associates.
With required studies, based on the Word of God and life in mutual sanctification, brothers are building good cooperation with professional scientific staff in order to promote responsible and healthy life on the spiritual, physical and psychological level within the Fraternity.
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common…” (Acts 2,44)
The brothers that the Lord has called to live in the Fraternity of the Permanent Adorers of the Holy Trinity by the most pure hands of Mar, are open to life in the communion of true faith, trust and love by the grace of God, that originate and aim to indissoluble communion and unity with Holy Trinity.
In the spirit of true love, brothers are called to mutual service keeping themselves from every craving for authority and dominate over others, living in obedience with respect to each other for the sake of Christ.
Above all, brothers are called to be obedient to the church leaders and Church’s teachings, trying to preserve and develope communion with the whole Franciscan Family.
Entrusting life to God in the Association
Brothers prompted by the Holy Spirit for responsible living the Gospel, permanently aim to holiness as a way of perfection in selfless service to God and neighbor.
In this way, the Church and the world brothers are becomin “sign and instrument of a close union with God and among all people”.
Awared that it is the way throughout whole life, they daily renew their commitment to God tied up their entire life to the institution of Permanent Adorers with all the rights and duties determined by the general law and the provisions of the Statute.
On the way consigned to God, brothers are called to imitate the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In her school of faith, hope and love, undivided hearts are entrusted to her immaculate hands.
With their powerful and irreplaceable role in the Church, brothers devote themselves totally to her Immaculate Heart, so She can, as a bride of the Holy Spirit, prepare them to become a pleasant gift to Jesus Christ and, in that way, offering their lives to heavenly Father sacrifice of praise and atonement for the insults and sacrilege which inflict holiness of His Name, and contributing so to the sanctification of God’s people.
By the grace of God’s gift of humility brothers are always trying to be gentle, peace-loving, humble, speaking to everyone with respect, as is expected from the servants of God and the His beloved ones.
The they are invited to consider humility as special gift as a safe and irreplaceable way of salvation and holiness.
In the words and example of Jesus Christ, brothers are trying never to be above others, but rather seek to be servants and subordinates to every human creature.
In the spirit of penitence and humility, by drinking from the cup of God’s glorious righteousness patiently every day, they are accepting the way of sacrificing their own will for personal sanctification and the manifestation of God’s mercy to the people.
Life in purity
Because of kingdom of heaven, imitating Jesus Christ who chose the path of pure and unconditional love, brothers decided to live full purity.
They try to live in spiritual freedom, purity of heart, soul and body, aspiring to fulfill the will of God please Him in everything they do.
Following the example of Immaculate Virgin Mary and patron saints, the gift of purity helps brothers to manifest “marvelous mystery of the Church, by whom she is related to the Divine betrothed Christ” and their actions manifest unconditional loyalty and devotion to the good Lord.
Administrators and all responsible in the Association, especially brothers in charge of formation, are obliged to watch and pay attention to the houses so they could be filled with sincere and true love under protection of Our Lady, safe guardian of the gift of purity.
Accepting the dignity of their own lives as an image of God, brothers respect and accept all the creatures in the light of God’s creation as a sign of pure and unconditional love of God for man.
Brothers live responsibly and joyfully in the gift of purity as a way of permanent conversion and release from captivity of egoism and selfishness.
They are living in the grace of purity in the journey towards Promised Land connected with Holy Trinity as the peak of self realization by the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patron of the Association.
“And above all these put on love” (Colossians 3-14)
Accepting Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you”, brothers are showing with their acts unconditional love for God and a deep respect for one another manifesting thus surrender the crown of life in fraternity.
Having in their hearts and minds that we are all limbs of one another, brothers resolutely and strictly repel from every kind of discord, strife, selfishness and intolerance from themselves and Fraternity.
All the brothers are trying to be free, and with confidence and mutual love are revealing their need to obtain and provide all necessities of life between themselves.
How the true love could grow in fraternity, brothers reconcile with each other before each celebration of the Eucharist so there can avoid any bad words or signs of discord.
Recognizing their daily failures and negligence in the fundamental commandment of love dor God and their neighbors, they accepted as the rules words of apostoles to confess sins to one another and pray for one another to be healed
As a daily measure of true brotherly love and forgiveness, they accept the words of Jesus: “So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”. (Matthew 5-23,24)
If it happens that a brother makes a mistake in the way of life and activity of the Association, others respecting General Regulation and provisions of the Statute, do not insult and gossip him but acting mercifuly towards him.
Brothers Apostolic activity
As a rule of the life and actions, brothers with all their hearts and minds accept the Savior’s words: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” and “I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’
Their path of conversion brothers directed by example and deeds done by the St. Francis, accepting all the people and recognising the poor and humble Christ in them.
Particular care and attention brothers devote to the weak, marginalized and wounded people inheriting Jesus, the Good Shepherd who sent them His call: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Evangelistic and pastoral work in the Association
Performing daily duties as consistant way of conversion, each brother and entire Fraternity is primarily have a mission within the Church and the Community.
Besides that, the whole fraternity is trying to regulate the rhythm of fraternal and liturgical life in the Association so that it becomes the center of spirituality and the atmosphere of God’s Kingdom, present among those who follow Jesus, so people can recognize brothers devotion and implement their way of life in faith and conversion in their own lives.
Following the example of St. Francis. Francis, brothers are called and sent to proclaim the Good News according to the rules and regulations of the Church.
Above all, brothers are careful to live in repentance and faith, witnessing the way of life to entire spiritual family to which they belong.