Not a typo.
The global elite, the wheels of whose wagons of global warming are long off their axles, now have a new medicine show to peddle. Enjoy the ride.
O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.
Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity.
These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be.
Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.
For those who can take a long lunch, there will be High Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory today at 12:15pm.
This painting is called “One Nation Under God”, by Jon McNaughton (click here for a greatly enlarged image, and the artist’s own take on the work). It depicts Jesus Christ with the U.S. Constitution, surrounded by various hagiographic depictions of historical American figures. The huddled masses, as it were, seem to be in awe of the document itself.
What do you think? It seems pretty creepy to me. Just as I would not limit Our Lord to be a super-duper Karl Marx, as the liberation theologians would have it, so I would not limit Him to be a front-man for the Constitution. This is without regard to what the Constitution is or is not. It strikes me, too, to have a sort of “Mormon” quality to the depiction of Christ. You know, like you see in the less-good examples of their literature–“here Jesus is distributing communion to the native Americans who were really the lost tribe of Israel, etc.” And, finally, what kind of traditional Catholic would I be if I didn’t admit to a certain level of discomfort with Christ surrounded by such a fawning representation of known Freemasons, freemasonic symbols, and a secular document drafted in large part by Freemasons.
Your thoughts in the combox. Am I crazy? Strike that question; I know the answer. What do you think about the painting?
GPS and the Police State We Inhabit: Living in Oceania
By John W. Whitehead
Yesterday, Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, appointed by the Holy See as Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy in March 2009, celebrated solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Monsignor also preached the sermon.
As you are likely aware, the new and more accurate English translation of the (new) Roman Missal is finished, and will (God willing) be implemented in English-speaking parishes in Advent 2011. Thanks to the work of Monsignor Wadsworth and many other liturgically faithful experts in the field, this translation is vastly superior to the treacly paraphrases so many Catholics have been subjected to for four decades.
Any movement in the direction of more reverent liturgy, and a more accurate and elevated vernacular translation, will go a long way in restoring the sense of awe and mystery in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Monsignor’s sermon emphasized exactly this point; moreover, he also lauded the return to more widespread usage of the Extraordinary Form. He pointed to the fact that he was the first priest since the new Mass was promulgated that celebrated the traditional Mass the day after his ordination. He explained that he retains this devotion to the Extraordinary Form, and that his familiarity with the traditional Mass constantly informed his work on the new English translations. Monsignor preached that we as Catholics must never become lax about the majesty and sacredness of what occurs in the Holy Sacrifice and other Sacraments. Certainly his work is another in the growing number of ties returning the Church to its traditional understanding of its praxis.
Monsignor Wadsworth is a former official of the Latin Mass Society in England, and has been prominent in training English-speaking priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Also on Sunday, the Oratory was honored to receive the visit of Father Michael Witt, the interim Rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. It is always a blessing when the Archdiocese and the Institute collaborate in the worship of God in the Mass.
- You can be either father or son (needn’t be a matched set)
- Due to the weakening of catechesis following Vatican II, this will be a flag or touch football game, TBD (no tackling)
- More specific details to follow
- At SS. Gregory and Augustine, see Alex for details, and at St. Francis de Sales, see the other (Abbe) Alex
- Cheerleaders and responsible tailgating allowed, following Pius XII’s admonition about not having too much fun with bratwurst.
OK, that isn’t the headline of this story, but I’ll just assume that’s what happened. My readers have spoken, and I have learned my lesson.
OK, I can’t resist one more comment. The title of the video is: “Officer shoots dog in Landover”, not, “Officer gets victim of attempted shooting in headlock and punches him repeatedly in the face”. Is this not interesting? Oh, yeah, back to the title of this post. (Your blogger now getting ready to duck rotten eggs…)
Today is the feast of the patroness of Barcelona, which day is marked by the city’s major yearly party. With fond memories of La Mercè 1998…