"They will unceasingly offer themselves to Our Lord
as victims willing to be consumed for His love."
"Consecrated in a special way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, they will have the tenderest devotion to that adorable Heart, and to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. They will strive to inspire this twofold devotion in the faithful whom they are called to evangelize. As children of the Heart of Mary, they will love her as the best of mothers, and give evidence of their love by the zeal they show in spreading her devotion and love everywhere."
- Father Muard's "Rule of Life" for the Society of St. Edmund
Chapter 9, Articles 2 & 3
The Sacred Heart of Jesus & The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Central to the spirituality of the Society of Saint Edmund is our devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. These devotions were very near to the heart of our founder the Ven. Jean-Baptiste Muard, and it is perhaps providential that he went home to the Lord on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in 1854. His devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary was central to his life of prayer, and while always seeking to lay aside his own will in favor of the Lord's, he took the Blessed Mother as his primary role model. Entrusting himself to these two hearts, he found a consolation and peace that remained with him even in the most difficult times, and he included a Consecration to the Blessed Virgin, and a Consecration to the Sacred Heart, as central actions in his Parish Missions. Like him, we strive to entrust our entire life and ministry to their care.
Saint Michael the Archangel
One patron of the Society of Saint Edmund is Saint Michael the Archangel. Michael is mentioned by name five times in Sacred Scripture, and Catholic Tradition holds that he is one of the three Archangels. In 1886 Pope Leo XIII instituted the Prayer to Saint Michael, which has carried down through the centuries to us still today. The Church in many places was under great trial, and the Holy Father wished to seek the special protection of Saint Michael during such trying times. He is the Patron of Saint Michael's College in Vermont, established by the Society in 1904. Join us in asking his protection over the Church in these likewise trying times in which we live!
Saint Michael, pray for us!
The Edmundites have a long tradition of turning to Saint Joseph to guide and protect us. During the year 2021 our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has urged the entire Church to turn to Joseph as our protector and guide. Father Muard reminds us in his original Rule that the Society was to bear the marks of the Church: one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. As such, we join with the Church throughout the world in turning to the Patron of the Universal Church praying for renewal. We also seek his intercession for renewal and Vocations in the Society. Please visit the area of our website dedicated to the Year of St. Joseph.
Prayer for the Beatification of Father Muard
God, our Father, you have called all people to yourself,
and through your Church have established missions
to bring all your children to the heart of your son.
You called your priest, Jean-Baptiste Muard
to a special missionary ministry,
to reinvigorate your Holy Church,
and to consecrate souls to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Through the example of his holy life of heroic virtue,
may we too be filled with zeal, and inspired by charity.
May his devotion to your Most Holy Mother inspire us,
that in offering ourselves to her care,
we too may be led to discover our call from you in this life.
May his holiness of life be known and celebrated by the Church on earth,
that his saintly life might inspire your people throughout the world.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.