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The Significance of the Feast of July 1st

The Significance of the Feast of July 1st

July 1, 1886 - Thursday, Octave of Corpus Christi. With the consent of the Archbishop, Saint Hannibal renders sacramental the first Chapel in Avignone Quarter, after two years of fervent expectation and intense preparation. A year after, he established that this event should be perennially remembered, thus giving rise to his Institutions, to what is called up to now as the “Feast of July First.”

- Source: Vocations, Passion of His Life, pages 32-33


We listen to St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia, Apostle of Prayer for Vocations, on the significance of the Feast of July 1st in the Family of the Rogate:

"Jesus came to remain permanently. He came as a king to set his kingdom in the midst of his citizens, as a good shepherd to feed the sheep entrusted to him, the flock that had to live with him without fear. He came as the divine farmer to cultivate his little plant, which had the seed of his divine ROGATE in suffering and mortification.

He came as a very loving father in the midst of his children to form a small family living on his body and blood, and to make it able to receive from his divine lips the command of his heart's divine zeal: “PRAY, THEREFORE, TO THE OWNER OF THE HARVEST THAT HE WILL SEND OUT WORKERS TO GATHER. IN HIS HARVEST.” This command is strictly connected with Jesus in the Sacrament, which cannot exist without the priesthood. When Jesus came in the Sacrament, the pious institute was yet a bambino in the number of its members, but, it rose as a small caravan to start a very intricate pilgrimage. It was always supported by the true Ark of the Covenant, which was not containing the symbolical manna, but the real bread from heaven."

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