Today, we honor the brave and holy St. Martin, who was Pope from 649 until his death in 655. He valiantly defended the faith against the heresy of “Monothelitism”, which was a heresy that arose within the Church, propagated by the “ecumenists” of the Seventh Century in their attempt to reconcile the heretical Monophystites with the true faith. Under the guise of “mercy”, there were some within the Church who saw the widening rift between the Monophysites and the faithful, and instead of defending the faith, they sought to dialog with error, to “accompany” those who had denied a basic and essential tenet of the Faith, that Jesus Christ has two natures. In another interesting parallel with our modern times, the emperor and the powerful of that day supported the heretics. The common Catholics of that time held with the true faith, but you see, that was long before the corporate media of today.
St. Martin combatted the heresy by calling a Council at the Lateran and defining the doctrine of the two wills of Jesus Christ. The decrees signed by the pope and the assembled bishops were sent to the other bishops and the faithful of the world together with Pope Martin’s encyclical to the faithful. The Acts with a Greek translation were also sent to the Emperor Constans II. Pope St. Martin then formally excommunicated the unfaithful prelates who refused to recant their heresy. The Emperor Constans II, who supported the heresy, then had St. Martin kidnapped and brought to Constantinople where he was publically mocked as a heretic, imprisoned, humiliated, tortured and eventually stripped nearly naked, loaded with chains, dragged through the streets, then shipped to exile in a land undergoing a great famine where he eventually died in prison, a holy martyr for the true faith.
St. Martin is thus an exemplar of the necessary virtues for these times. We pray to him for our weak and vacillating Bishops today.
St. Martin, pope and martyr, pray for the Pope, pray for the Church!
† Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
† Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† St. Joseph, guardian of the Holy Family, protect our families!
† St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!
~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!