Another Look at the Angel’s Prayer

A commenter recently corrected us regarding the “Most Holy Trinity” Prayer taught by the Angel of Fatima.

The commenter stated:

“This is the correct version of the Prayer of the Angel:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in *all* the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the *outrages, sacrileges,* and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg *of Thee* the conversion of poor sinners.

* words that were omitted or reversed in the version originally posted”

I wish I was possessed of the confidence of that commenter! I have dozens of books on Fatima and there are many  variations in that prayer.  On the page which  the commenter cited, I had inadvertently omitted the phrase,  “of Thee”,  leaving the last sentence to read “I beg the forgiveness of poor sinners.” So, I  corrected that mistake in the one instance in which it appeared.

Three Versions

There are several variations on the Angel’s Prayer. Here are three examples  from authoritative sources. I have others.

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages, and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of sinners.”

That is the version published in the booklet, “The True Story of Fatima” by Father John de Marchi, published by the Fatima Center. It is found on page 7 and again in  “The Seven Fatima Prayers” on page 96. You’ll notice that the order of the reparations, that is “sacrilges, outrages and indifferences” is the same as we have used consistently here. Father Gruner was the Director at the time this booklet was published.

Next, from Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite. The Whole Truth about Fatima – Vol I :

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifference by which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.” (Kindle Locations 1172-1174).

And lastly, this source:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended. Through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.” (Father Karl Stehlin, “Fatima, a spiritual light for our times”, Kolbe Publications)

All of those sources had the same sequence: sacrilege, outrage and indifference. There is a reason for this, which we will discuss later.  But for now, let’s consider the problematic “all”.  It did not appear in the first version cited and I chose to leave it out of the Prayer until the commenter corrected me. I then noted that other sources  included it and so I reluctantly add it; however, I do not believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ is present in “all” the tabernacles any longer. I doubt the efficacy of the sacraments of many of these apostates.  But I will concede the point to Father Karl Stehlin who is surely the best judge.

There are other differences in the versions of the prayer, but I will limit the discussion to the criticism offered by the commenter.

Our Choice

The essential point I’d like to make is that I had several versions of the prayer and in the end, provided my readers with what seemed to be the “best” version. Yes, that was my arbitrary choice. The version we now have is:

“Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

Cause (Sacrilege) Comes Before Effect (Outrage)

Regarding the sequence, “sacrileges, outrages and indifferences”, it seems to me that the sacrilege committed against Our Lord in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in His most Blessed Sacrament is the great sin that is here addressed. That sin of sacrilege initiates the outrage but in time, the  acuteness of the sacrilege dulls and the outrage fades as grace ebbs from the Church; and what results is simply the indifference that is the opposite of the fervor of love which Our Lord so longs for. Today His love is met with indifference. His suffering is of no concern. Monstrous evil has become  banal.

I hope this helps explain the Prayer in the form we use it, and suggest that if anyone is still concerned about it – no other readers have expressed a concern – you discuss with a priest that you trust and take his advice on which prayer to say.

we offer the following repost:

In 2000, the Vatican advised Catholics that Fatima’s message was relegated to the past. However, at Fatima on May 13, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that, “we would be mistaken to think that the prophetic mission of Fatima is complete“.  And yet, the misinformation campaign from the Vatican continues to bear fruit in the widespread apathy to the true penitential message of Fatima. Any faithful Catholic who has been paying attention to the unfolding crisis of the faith under Pope Francis, can clearly see that the current papacy is not in any way obedient to the message of the Mother of God at Fatima and the Church does not seem to be able to pull out of this self-destructive mode without Divine assistance. Perhaps it is wise to revisit the message of the Angel of Fatima
Continue reading “Another Look at the Angel’s Prayer”

Begin at the Beginning, 2018

We will not save our souls in this time of crisis if we spurn the means Our Lord Himself has given us, which is the Immaculate Heart of Mary, His most Blessed Mother. This essential devotion is not some syrupy sentimental devotion, it is a thoroughly practical devotion which teaches us the virtues necessary for our salvation. It does this through the Rosary above all.

To begin to understand this, we begin at the beginning, which is the Joyful Mysteries. Any other practical means we use to help ourselves or to help others, will be utterly fruitless without understanding and making use of, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through her Rosary.

To be clear, devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, through the Rosary, the means she has asked of us, must be the solid basis of all our effective actions in the world. We are in a spiritual war for our souls, it is foolish to rush into battle unprepared.

† . † . †

Immaculate Heart of Mary, you conceived the Word of God in your heart before you conceived Him in your womb, pray for us.  (Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also quoted by Father Stehlin in “Who are you, O Immaculata?”)

In the Litany to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we give voice to a profound and significant truth, one that I confess I had not fully considered until reading, and re-reading Father Stehlin’s beautiful treatise on Our Lady, “Who Are You, O Immaculata?” For me, that book has been a pivotal point  and I hope that you will take time to read it.

A reader who has followed our posts for some  time has requested assistance with sharing the Message of Fatima with those who reject or are indifferent to Our Lady of Fatima,  To answer her question, we find once again that the answer is the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the key to unlock the mystery is found in the prayer above.

In her Rosary, Our Lady shares this beautiful mystery with us. Let’s return to her at the Annunciation, when the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Our Lady was rapt in adoration of God. Her soul, unencumbered by any slightest sin, joyfully accepted His will, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Be it done unto me according to thy word. And the Word was made flesh.

By accepting God’s will, Mary began her task with a full nine months of the most intimate closeness with the Word, treasuring Him in her Immaculate Heart for nine months. These two pure and Sacred Hearts, both totally devoted to doing the will of the Father, spent nine months in loving concourse, sharing the thought of their heart, one heart really, beating in the two human persons closest to the Heavenly Father, the Creator. As Adam gave Eve his rib, from which she was made, the new Eve, Mary, gave Jesus her Heart. These Hearts are inseparable, that is why I say one heart.

And so, we think on this in the beautiful First Joyful Mystery. In the Second Mystery, we see these two hearts working together, to baptise John the Prophet, chosen to prepare the way of the Lord.  Thus, Jesus worked His first miracle from within the very womb of Mary. See how Our Lord illustrates His deepest messages with such clear scenes of His actions; actions which cannot be twisted and misconstrued, but viewed clearly show that Jesus chose Mary, first as His Mother, and then as His mediatrix, casting satan from John, and consecrating him to the service of Jesus Christ, as we all must be consecrated to Him through Mary.

In the Third Mystery, we see, literally see this Divine Child, the long-awaited Savior of the world, born not in  the glory and pomp of this passing world, which was still in thrall to satan, but in the serene and humble stable of Bethlehem. Note that we do not see this until the time was ripe for it. First, the Immaculata conceived the Word in her pure heart, then He was made flesh within her flesh, and the two hearts grew as one. Only then at the time designated by Our Father, did He come to dwell among us. And then, even then, not to all but to those who were prepared to receive Him.

In the Fourth Mystery, we see Mary, led by Joseph – this is important – bring the Son of God, this Divine Infant, to the Temple of God to fulfill the Law. At this time, the Holy Family made the customary offering of the poor.  This humility, this obedience, this poverty – this is an essential lesson for us. Think on it. Without these virtues, we are not in any way serving God.  We should never underestimate the importance of this Mystery,

In the last Joyful Mystery, we see Mary and Joseph searching for Our Lord. Many much wiser see deeper messages in this Mystery. Mine is simple. In this Mystery, we see Mary and Joseph (this is why St. Joseph is shown to us in the last vision at Fatima) Mary and Joseph are here in this Mystery to process through the City of God, which is now in darkness and ruins, to gather us and lead us. We too join the procession. Together, we find Him again. And wonder of wonders, we find Him in His Church! For while we have been searching, following Mary and Joseph, we are being prepared to perceive Him with the clear and perfect vision of children of Mary, the clear vision of her Immaculate Heart. And so we return, full circle, (as in St. John Bosco’s vision) and the Word is made flesh and dwells among us. In our hearts, united to the Heart of our most pure and loving Mother.

This is the answer.  Do this, live this, every day. When you are this, those who are His, will come to Him, through Mary. Not through  what you do on your own but through His grace, mediated by Mary, His Mother. She depends on us, but we, much more so, on her. When we allow ourselves to be her instruments, led by her, miracles happen. But it is not us, not ever us. We go to Jesus through Mary.

Pray the Rosary with confidence and joy!

†  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.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!


Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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The Resurrection 2018

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ

1 April, 2018

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live.” (John 11, 25).

“Joy in truth: for only sincere and upright souls who seek the truth lovingly and still more, ‘do the truth’ can fully rejoice in the Resurrection. We are sincere when we recognize ourselves for what we are, with all our faults, deficiencies and need for conversion. From this knowledge of our miseries comes the sincere resolve to purify ourselves … in order to be renewed in the risen Christ.

“Noli Me tangere.”

 

“Truth, however, must be accomplished in charity — veritatem facientes in caritatem, doing the truth in charity. (Eph. 4, 15). Therefore the Postcommunion prayer that is placed on our lips is more timely than ever: ‘Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, to make us of one heart.’ Without unity and mutual charity there can be no real Paschal joy. (Divine Intimacy, p. 419-420).

On that first Easter morning, we see the penitent, Mary Magdalen,  weeping and searching for the Master. She found His tomb empty and thus began her sorrowful efforts to find Him and tend lovingly to His Remains. Blinded by her tears and grief, she failed to recognise Him when He stood nearby.  She was expecting death, but here was Life! He spoke but one word, her name, (for He knows His own by name) pronounced with such infinite mercy, she was transformed by joy. Like Peter at the Lord’s Transfiguration, she responded in a wholly human way. ‘Master!’ And yet her urge to clasp His refound humanity was gently rebuffed.

‘Noli me tangere.’ Do not touch me yet! For He must go to His Father. And we too, must respond to this Passion, Death and Resurrection by following Him.  With Him, we turn towards Our Father, rejoicing in truth and in love. We too have rolled away the stone of our past, our sins, our indifference; we too have seen the empty tomb.  For now, we see the sepulchre  in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.

But He is risen! He goes to the Father.

And we go with Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

A brief explanation for readers who question the last lines above, that is,  “For now, we see the sepulchre  in the great rock of the Church: it is empty! And pagans stand guard as once they did. We too, seek Him, weeping.”:

Please see in a previous post, (The Auto-demolition of the Church)  the quotation from Pope Pius XII,  “A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene, weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, ‘Where have they taken Him?'”

  Remember, pray the rosary and confound the devil and those who serve him!

. 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.
. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
. St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin; Give me strength against thine enemies!

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Thoughts on the Crucifixion

The Crucifixion and Death of the Savior

Today, we examine three events which occurred at the time of Our Lord’s Crucifixion. The miraculous sign of the total eclipse, the rending of the Temple veil and the earthquake. These thoughts are largely drawn from the writings of Father Groenings, S. J.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun
This eclipse of the sun was not a natural one. It was miraculous in every respect and that for these reasons: First it occurred at the time of the full moon. For this Friday was the day when, according to the Law, the Pasch should be celebrated, and this feast always occurred at the time of the full moon. Now, naturally, an eclipse of the sun can occur only at the time of the new moon, when the latter is between the sun and the earth.

Then, it was miraculous because it was total from the very beginning.  Lastly, because it remained total for three hours. In an ordinary eclipse of the sun, the moon, in the beginning, covers only a part of the sun, then gradually more, until the darkness reaches its greatest height, whereupon it again gradually decreases.

This eclipse of the sun was, therefore, an extraordinary work of God, and the Holy Fathers freely apply to it the words of the prophet Amos, “And it shall come to pass in that day that the sun shall go down at mid-day, and I will make the earth dark in the day of light.”

And, about the year 200, Tertullian, speaking of this wondrous eclipse, thus spoke to the Romans, “You yourselves have recorded this great event in your annals.”

What was the meaning of this eclipse? On the part of heaven, it was the garb of mourning wherewith the sun clothed itself while the Sun of Justice was being extinguished. “Creation,” says St. Chrysostom, “could not bear the indignities inflicted upon the Creator.”

For the Saviour to Whom a loin-cloth only was left, the eclipse was a veil woven by compassionate nature to cover His nakedness. On the part of God, it was a sign of His anger. God withdrew, even from the just, the light of the sun which he ordinarily lets shine even upon the wicked.

At the birth of Christ, in the middle of the night, the splendor of God’s glory encircled the shepherds and brightness reigned. At His death-struggle, the sun, standing high in the heavens, became obscured and darkness reigned. Thus also does brightness spread in the soul when Christ is born in the heart.

But the gloom of night enters when He departs from the soul. Wherefore the eclipse of the sun was also an image of the blindness and obstinacy of the Jewish people. This eclipse ended at the death of the Redeemer. Then again did the sun appear in perfect beauty.

Now Divine Justice was reconciled, the sacrifice was consummated. Now the soul of Christ which had been sad unto death, was delivered from all affliction and was unspeakably happy. Now the souls of the patriarchs and saints of the Old Testament shared in the brilliancy of heavenly light and in the joys of the vision of God. Now the darkness which had hovered over the earth for four thousand years was dispelled through the death of Christ, and the new day of salvation had dawned. Now through the light of grace, all darkness was also to be driven out of the hearts of men.

The  Temple Veil Rent in Two
Another of the wonderful events which happened at the death of Christ was  the tearing of the veil in the temple. As the Talmudists report, this veil was forty yards long and twenty yards wide. It was woven of gold and purple and had the thickness of an open hand. It concealed the Holy of Holies of the Temple into which the High-Priest alone was allowed to enter, and this only once a year on the feast of atonement to offer the expiatory sacrifice.

Now, at the death of Christ, this veil was rent from top to bottom in two pieces. Just as Jacob of yore rent his garments in sadness, when he was told that wild-beasts had torn to pieces his son Joseph; just as Caiphas, in indignation, tore the pontifical robe, when Christ declared Himself to be the Son of God, so now the temple rent its garment both in sadness and in indignation.

The tearing of the veil signified the end of the Old Law and the rejection of the Mosaic sacrifices. In future the entrance into the Holy of Holies, that is, into the Church of God, should be allowed to all men: God would no longer be the God of the Jews, but the God of all nations.

The Earthquake
This was also a sign of sadness and of indignation, owing to the crime committed against the Creator. But, more than that, as St. Ignatius remarks in his book of Exercises, it was a sign of joy and delight on account of the victory of the Crucified One and of His present glory. It is remarkable that, at this tremendous earthquake, not a single human being suffered any injury.

For the might of infernal powers was broken by the death of Christ. Hell may rage and rave ever so much, it may shake the earth to its foundations, but it has lost its power over mankind, even over the bodies of men.

In his discussion on the foregoing events, and their personal meaning for sinners, Father Groenings remarks,

Of the Total Eclipse: “In order that the sinner may turn to God, it is above all necessary that the earth be wrapped in darkness. As long as the sinner looks complacently upon the world and its sinful pleasures, there can be no thought of serious conversion.”

Today we see the darkness of the Total Eclipse of the Faith under the Modernist Occupation of Pope Francis and his Lavender Mafia. The faithful are scandalized and confused and many of us are led astray. For in this darkness of the faith today, the devil spreads dissension and divides each of us against the other; not only cardinal against cardinal, but each of us against others of our own families, our parishes and so on.

Of the Rending of the Temple Veil: “Then the veil which hindered him from looking into his own heart must be torn in pieces: he must know his sins by means of a thorough examen of conscience.”

This message, applied to us today, indicates the importance of each of us, in deepest humility beseeching our Merciful Lord to rend the veil of our hearts, to show us our own sins – for it is our own sins that we must be rid of before seeking to cleanse the sins of the churchmen – and help us to repent them and make reparation. Before we undertake any other task, we must address the beam in our own eye!

Of the Earthquake: “The terrible penalties of Divine Justice must move him; his sins must cause him to tremble and quake in disgust and horror, even to the marrow of his bones. The rocks, furthermore, must be rent; this heart, hard and unyielding until now, must become soft and contrite through the tears of sorrow.”

The earthquake at the death of Our Lord Jesus Christ did not result in any human injury for it announced the victory of Christ over death. That will not be the case with the coming earthquake, which will announce God’s judgement on those who rejected the Savior’s great sacrifice and surrendered to satan, choosing sin and death instead.  Now, the Cross is despised and Christ is blasphemed everywhere. Reparation must be made for these sins, or it will be extracted from hard and indifferent hearts.

It must be noted, yet again, that until such time as each of us accepts this Cross, accepts the Message of Fatima, no other action, whether it be other devotions or secular activities will be of any use. This is not to say that “we must simply pray all the time”,  as some accuse me of saying, but to focus rightly on our priorities. The ancient enemy tempts us to abandon the hard spiritual work that must form the basis for all successful endeavors – he knows that it is by our disobedience to the message of Our Lady of Fatima that he may most effectively defeat us.

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

. 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.
. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
. St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
. St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

Words from the Cross

With His first Word from the Cross, Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Thus, He begins His crucifixion emphasizing the mercy of our Heavenly Father. In the second Word, He  showed mercy to  Dismas, the thief who was repentant. Then, with the third Word, He entrusted His Mother to John, and thus to us, and entrusts us to her. We take note that this Word alone binds every follower of Christ to defend the honor of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. Think for yourselves the dismal situation today, in this bitter passion of the Church.

After these first three Words, comes the fourth, which breaks upon us like a storm at dawn, when the sun’s light is withdrawn and the lightning illumines the torrents of rain and the wind-whipped trees.

“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”

At this very hour, at this very Word, the darkness of the eclipse began to ease. In Father Groenings’ words, it “marked a turning point in which error’s shadow was to recede before truth, and the day of salvation was to begin.

My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?

How are we to understand such a complaint? Is Christ doubting His Father? Modernists have implied such. What is the truth?

In the first place, we note that while His first Word from the Cross was from the Son of God to His  Father, this fourth Word is from Christ the Son of Man to God. Again, we turn to Father Groenings:

The abandonment by God of Christ’s human nature was not a separation of the latter from the second Person of God. For the union of the second Person of the Godhead with Christ’s human nature was and is inseparable. If this union had been dissolved at the death of Christ, then not God, but a mere man would have died for us, and our redemption would not be accomplished.

Neither was the abandonment by God of the human nature in Christ a withdrawal of grace. On the contrary, the plenitude of grace at all times existing in Christ effected that fortitude which bore Him up on the cross as it had done in the Garden of Olives. The abandonment, finally, did not consist in depriving the soul of Christ for a time of the direct vision of God. Christ rather complained, not only that God refused to preserve His human nature from impending death, but also that He abandoned it to suffering without the least solace whatever.

For His human nature might have been relieved in a twofold way;

First, through a direct action on all that contributed to make it suffer: sparing Him the sensible pain of  the thorns, the nails and the scourges, and the interior pain of the mockery and humiliations of the crucifixion.

Secondly, God could have filled the soul of Christ with such consolation that He would not have felt external pain. This was done for many of the martyrs, who rejoiced even as they endured torture for Christ.

However, nothing of the kind happened, On the contrary, God abandoned the soul of Christ to repugnance, to fear, to sadness and to the excruciating knowledge that His Passion would be useless to so many human beings. God even allowed Satan whose hour was at hand, to use this time of suffering to cruelly torture the Soul of Christ. Indeed, the only assistance God gave was to allow Christ’s human nature  the strength  to sustain it in order to prolong His suffering.

This was the object and the cause of Christ’s plaintive reproach. And we know that  Christ gave the full consent of His Will to this abandonment.

No matter how painful this abandonment by God was to the Saviour, He did not, in those moments, suffer the abandonment of the damned in hell, as Calvin, the gloomy heretic, maintains. Not at all. The abandonment of the damned is without hope and full of despair. Not so the abandonment of the Redeemer. For this fourth Word quotes from the opening lines of the 21st Psalm, and “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” is followed by “Far from my salvation are the words of my sins. “

And so we understand the reasons Christ for this fourth Word, so loudly cried out:

His Humility
First he was impelled by the humility of His Heart. This humility  urged Him to perform, before His demise, the most heroic act of self-humiliation. by complaining of being abandoned by God, He, as it were, abandoned Himself. It was the greatest act of self-abasement and of self-renunciation imaginable.  By this self-abasement, by this obscuring of His Divinity, of His Divine Power and Sanctity, the Redeemer would atone fully for the pride and self-deification of our first parents, which had brought all evil into the world.

For Our Instruction
Then He uttered the plaint for our manifold instruction. Lest we believe in error, that He was insensible to pain, He must allow us to see the very depths of His agonizing death.  For it would be a terrible error to assume that the soul of Christ in these final hours was plunged into some sort of heavenly consolation, Christ illustrates with a loud cry the enormity of His soul’s sufferings.

“Far from my salvation are the words of my sins”.  This verse illustrates that the sins of the world which have been assumed by our Savior are the cause of all His suffering, and most especially is He suffering the sinner’s estrangement from God. In this, we see vividly the eternal damnation of those who die in their sins, doomed to an eternity of separation from the light and and the grace of God. Christ also wished, with this fourth word to show us our own state when we have allowed our sins to separate us from God. Too often, we become accustomed to our life of sin, “comfortably numb”. This numbness is but a flimsy bandage over a purulent wound eating away at our souls, a wound that will fester in our souls eternally if we do not arise from our numbness, our dull complacency and realize how sick at heart and soul our sins have made us.

Jesus calls us in this Word to realize that our estrangement from God is not that He has abandoned us, but that in our sins, we have abandoned Him. The moment that we do this, we  cry out, My God, my God, why have I forsaken Thee! Let this then, be our response to this fourth Word from the Crucified One.

For Our Consolation
And lastly, for our consolation. Christ our Savior by this Word intimates to those who will follow Him that they too must suffer through the periods of dryness in which the sweetness of His presence is withdrawn. As a child must be weaned and must learn to walk on his own, so must we learn to progress to Our Lord by seeking Him through the dark cold and the empty desolation. It is indeed, in this bleak desolation that we find our true strength which is in bending our will to follow the “unknown God”, not the God of sensible delights, sweet ecstasies of prayer, but the God of the ruins, of utter desolation. And that is the lesson for us today, as all sweetness and joy passes from us.

In the dark, cold desolation of this modernist occupation of the Church, we feel that God has forsaken us. We feel most poignantly His abandonment; the Church is seemingly left in the hands of the ancient enemy which has sown  rank weeds, bearing  foul and putrid fruit in the once lovely garden of the faith.  What are we to do?

If we are honest we will add with Christ, “Far from my salvation are the words of my sins.” We are not favored to experience Christ’s wounds in our body as Padre Pio did. No, our cross is to bear the sufferings, the humiliations brought to us by our sins and the sins of the leaders of the Church today. We cannot be like sedevacantists, and deny that these are our leaders. We sadly grasp the fact that this disgusting  corruption of the papacy  and the weak effeminacy of our leaders is a chastisement for our sins, the sins of the world. Just as Jesus bore the sins of the world, which caused Him to cry out from the Cross, we too must bear the sins of those who lead  the Church today.

We must awaken from the comfortable numbness with which we enshroud ourselves, awaken to the desolation of this world’s separation from God. See the dizzying chasm opened before us – See the danger!

Today, we realize the abandonment, the isolation, devastation of this Godless world  embodied in the man who presents himself as the Vicar of Christ.   We begin to realize that we have all distanced ourselves from God, and driven Him from us.

Consequently, He has withdrawn His saving grace from the world. Let us  cry out to God with the loud voice of prayer and of works of penance, and He then, will disperse the dark clouds and turn again to us, in generous torrents of grace and mercy, healing us, healing the Church and healing this poor sad world.

The above meditation is an adaptation from Father James Groenings’ “The Passion of Jesus and its hidden meaning”.

Thank you for reading. May the mercy and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you this Easter and always.

  Remember, pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all who serve him.
  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, protect our priests!
  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!

~  for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

 

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The Sorrowful Heart of Mary, 2018

We apologise for not getting this post out on time, it should have posted March 23, for the Seven Sorrows.

Although Our Lord’s own chosen Apostles fled His Passion, no one could keep the Woman away. Unlike the sentimental pictures which sometimes show Mary fainting at the foot of the Cross, Mary stood there, intent on sharing every excruciating detail of the ignominy her beloved Son suffered. Just as she had freely chosen to become His Mother, she chose to behold Him tortured from head to foot and torn from her by the cruelest of deaths. She not only accepted this, she offered this; this sharing in His Passion, sharing even in His death, uniting Their hearts forever for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity and in loving reparation for the sins of men, for our sins, for my sins.

Mary’s heart, like Christ’s whole crushed and bruised being , was transformed with anguish by the sins of mankind … Mary became the Queen of martyrs because, after Jesus, she has endured the greatest martyrdom of heart … her sufferings are fruitful for us in a way that we can scarcely suspect…(from Father Garrigou-Lagrange, “Mary, the Model of Reparation”).

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The Carrying of the Cross, 2018

 

Once Pilate pronounced the sentence, Jesus was again stripped. This time the ragged mockery of a royal cloak (which had clotted to His wounds) was brutally removed and He was re-robed in His own garments and hastened away to take up His cross. Now, in those days, it was customary for there to be a delay between the sentencing and the execution.

“Since the advent of Tiberius to the imperial throne, criminals sentenced by the Roman senate were reprieved for ten days, and when the emperor had pronounced the sentence, even for thirty days.”  (Fr. Groenings,  “The Passion of Jesus and Its Hidden Meaning: A Scriptural commentary on the Passion”, TAN Books. Kindle Edition).

But the enemies of Christ could tolerate no delay, for they were afire to achieve their goal, the total destruction of the Son of Man and all He represented. In this, they are very like to the enemies of Christ in His Church today, who hasten in their mad rush to destroy faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and His beloved Church.

As was customary, Pilate had commanded that the notice of the crime be posted on the crucifix. in three languages, Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Fr. Groenings shares some insights on the meaning of this notice,

“The confusion of languages at Babylon was the expression of God’s anger. The holy cross, the sign of reconciliation, was to restore the unity of tongues. In the unity of faith and of love the peoples of all tongues should be united in the worship of the Crucified One. The title read, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” Now we have it in clear terms from the judge himself that Christ was not executed on account of a crime, but because He was Jesus, that is, the Redeemer, and because He was King in the realm of truth.”

Today, we might fruitfully consider the application of the foregoing passage to the confusion of tongues resulting from the Conciliar changes, the abandonment of Latin, the fragmenting of the Faith, the confusion and disunity caused by Pope Francis, especially through “Amoris Laetitia”, his Ode to Sexual Sin.

Although the chief priests were indignant at the wording of the notice, Pilate was obdurate and thus unwittingly, he affirmed the innocence of Christ and the profound truth of the purpose of the crucifixion, that is, Christ died at the hands of the Chosen who rejected the salvation offered them by their loving Savior. And so do they today, the Synagogue of Satan which arrogantly believes they control the Church of our Savior.

Now, we know from Venerable Maria de Agreda and other prophecies that Our Lord had, even as a child, anticipated the moment that He would “be about His Father’s business” and had often enacted His crucifixion. and so He kissed His cross and took it upon His wounded shoulder. It was not forced upon Him, for He embraced it willingly.

As Our Lord carries His cross in this sad procession, we recall the prefigurings in the Old Law, Abel being led to the place where Cain would execute him with a wooden club, Isaac,  carrying on his shoulders the wood of his intended immolation, and even David going forth, staff in hand to slay Goliath.

It was the Roman custom to parade the convicted through the most populous streets on the way to their execution so that the people would fear their rulers and so did it come to pass with Our Savior, Who was made  to be the example of the fate reserved for those who challenge  the rulers of this world.

Each of the  three falls provided an opportunity for Our Lord’s enemies to gloat over Him, spit on Him and kick Him as He writhed in helpless pain, striving to arise beneath the heavy cross. These falls are caused by our own sins, and were endured by Our Savior, who wills to endure the same humiliation that we must undergo to make reparation as we too, arise from our falls into sin.  We must focus on His falls often,  and see His tender love for us, His willingness to suffer with us, beckoning us to repent of our sins, accept the humiliation that this occasions and arise with our cross and come, follow Him.

The greatest sorrow of this entire Via Dolorosa was when Our Lord, painfully arisen from His Fall, beheld His most beloved Mother, and their eyes locked in that most sorrowful gaze. An infinity of suffering and love and yes, even of triumph, passed between them.  For painful as it is, this crucifixion is the Divine means of redemption.  How can we then call ourselves Christians and yet spurn this cross?

Father Groenings tells us that Jesus left Jerusalem forever through the gate called “The Garden Gate” because it led through a beautiful garden at the foot of Golgotha, the Place of the Skull.  From this garden, Our Lord struggled upward, His back against Jerusalem and its inhabitants, which had obstinately rejected Him.  Thus, those who  sent Him away were now abandoned to their sins. Many a nation since then has likewise seen the Savior’s back, as He accepts their will, and abandons them in their pride to their eternal destruction.  And now, we see this happening even to the “Chief Priests” of His own Church and those who follow them, rejecting their Savior.

Although His enemies gloat in their seeming victory, we, for our part, abide with Mary and John at the foot of this Cross, beseeching our Savior to grant us the grace to be with Him always and never forsake Him. Like the disciples at Emmaus, let us say to Him, “Stay with us, because it is towards evening, and the day is now far spent.”

Yes, it is towards evening and the day is now far spent.  We must therefore, make firm our wills, for “the night comes when no man can work.” (John, 9,4)

Please, pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!
.  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.

.  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!

.  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.

.  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.

.  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies!

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The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, in which Our Lord introduces to us His Mother, and shows us her loveliness, her excellent virtues and her unique stature before the Holy Trinity. Thus, He shows us the model for our lives; “Here is My Mother”, He says, “see, we shall have the same Mother. She will teach you the virtues necessary to advance toward union with Me, so that we may rejoice together in heaven.”

Nestled within the feast of the Annunciation is the feast of the Incarnation of our Savior. The Annunciation carries within it the humility and obedience of Jesus and Mary, Who are our models for perfect, loving obedience, even unto death. And this obedience begins with the humble obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

In the Gospel of St Luke, the Holy Spirit reveals the unique importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God’s plan of Salvation for us. Let’s see what He tells us:

Luke, Chapter 1, 26-35. “And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.” And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

In this Gospel, God Himself is introducing to us the delightful creature He loves above all others, this Mary whom He chose from all time to be the most pure and holy Mother of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. God used as His messenger the Angel Gabriel whose name means Power of God. By this name He emphasizes that all of this, the Annunciation, the Incarnation which began our salvation, all of this is by and through the power of God.

And what does God tell us about Mary? Gabriel salutes Mary most respectfully, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women”. You can search the Bible cover to cover and never find a more respectful message from any angelic messenger. This is because, as the Gospel tells us, Mary is truly filled with grace, exempt from even original sin, and full of God’s sanctifying grace.

Note that the very first words of Mary, recorded in this Gospel are, How shall this be done, because I know not man?”  Why these words? Could it be that God wishes to emphasize to us the importance of Mary’s generous sacrifice to live her life in the utmost chastity and purity, foregoing the honors and pleasures of children? At that time, Jewish women were honored to be mothers of many children and to forego children was a tremendous sacrifice. Unlike today, in those times to be a “barren woman” was a reproach. Thus we know that Mary’s generous and sacrificial heart was most pleasing to Our Father. Her words also exemplify her great prudence. Today, prudence is a virtue held in low esteem by most Catholic leaders, who feel compelled to burst forth with every banal thought that crosses their minds. This Blessed Virgin, in contrast, first assured that Gabriel understood that she was and always will be, a virgin consecrated to God alone.

Whereas Eve, the first “Woman”, withdrew herself from her Creator in order to seek what she perceived to be her own good, Mary, the “Woman” of the New Testament, yielded herself totally to God, allowing Him to fill her with His life, thus she is “full of grace”. The virtues shown by these simple verses illustrate Mary’s perfect love of God, her total consecration to Him, her purity and her perseverance in keeping her vow.

Mary’s prudent question brought forth Gabriel’s reply, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which will be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Mary’s response was immediate, “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.” With these words, the Most Blessed Virgin shows us humility and obedience, the two virtues so essential to combat the vices passed on to us of Eve’s pride and disobedience. In another post, I described these virtues as the “working virtues” because they are so necessary in our everyday struggle to live our lives in constant union with the Holy Family.

Sister Lucia of Fatima assures us that Jesus is the very best of Sons, and loves her and those who honor her. Today is an excellent time to renew our Total Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. By the way, do you know who made the first consecration to Mary? Was it St. Louis de Montfort? St. Dominic? No.

Think harder.

Give up?

It was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself Who chose Mary for His Mother. From this humble virgin of Nazareth He took the flesh and blood of His mortal life, the very body and blood with which He wrought our salvation. The body of Christ scourged for our sins, pierced for our transgressions, the precious blood poured out for us on Calvary’s cross, He took from Mary. To her He entrusted His earthly life, living within her virginal womb, beneath her immaculate heart. Through her, He consecrated St. John the Baptist; through her He performed His first miracle.  And with His dying words, He entrusted us to her, commanding Her to be our Mother and us to be her children.

It is fitting that the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary begins with the beautiful Mystery of the Annunciation, for with it began our salvation. Mary’s generous “Yes!”, opened the portal through which Our Lord wrought our salvation. Thus, her obedience preceded His most perfect obedience. And so, the Annunciation and the Incarnation are inseparable, as are Jesus and Mary, those two hearts forever united!

We close with this lovely hymn:

Hymn at Matins
The Lord whom earth and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim
Who rules them all in majesty
Enclosed Himself in Mary’s frame.

Lo! In a humble Virgin’s womb
O’ershadowed by almighty power
He whom the stars and sun and moon
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O Mother blest! To whom was given
Within your body to contain
The architect of earth and heaven
Whose hands the universe sustain.

To thee was sent an angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined,
Of thee was born that mighty One,
The long desired of all mankind.

O Jesus! Born of Virgin bright
To Thee immortal glory be!
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally!
Amen.

Please, don’t forget your Consecration! See in sidebar.

Pray the Rosary and confound the devil and all those who serve him!

 

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.

Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, give me strength against thine enemies.

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Mary, Temple of the Trinity, 2018

Today, the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation,  we conclude our Novena. And again we share the popular poem for the Annunciation by peregrine, a reader/contributor.

 

                 Annunciation

Hail Mary, Temple of the Trinity!

        Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,

Art thou astonished at His deference?

Fear not, for thou hast found grace with God.
             Thou shalt conceive … and bring forth a Son
                               Thou shalt call His name Jesus.

How shall it be?
          (Mindful of thy chastity)

And yet . . . it is thy purity draws Him down
Captivated by thy pure and humble love
                Thy Creator awaits at the door of thy will,

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee
          . . .  the most High shall overshadow thee . . .
                        the Holy born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

His will is clear
          . . . moved by His will alone . . .

Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me…

The Architect of earth and heaven
                    Thus closed Himself in thy pure frame.
At thy “fiat” the Almighty Word
               leapt down from heaven
                              The Sword of Truth wrought death to death,
Obedient, He vanquished disobedient pride.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,

peregrine, March 25, 2004

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A Few Notes Towards the Crucifixion

Today, a few notes towards the Crucifixion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This Lent, more than ever, we are mindful of our dear Lord’s Passion in His Mystical Body the Church, as she struggles towards Golgotha, burdened with the pain and scandal of the Bergoglian occupation.

The Passion of the Church

We note that, as Father Groenings reminds us,

Christ had to die outside the gate of the city, just as the scape-goat laden with the sins of the people, had to be led outside the camp. “Christ,” says St. Leo,  “was slain as our paschal lamb. But because He offered Himself to the Father as the new and real sacrifice of propitiation, He was to be crucified, not in the temple whose privilege of sacredness was at an end, nor inside the walls of the city which was awaiting its destruction on account of its crime, but ‘outside the camp,’ in order that, after the mysteries of the ancient sacrifice had ceased, the new sacrifice might be offered on a new altar, and that the cross of Christ be an altar not for the temple, but for the entire world.”

For the moment, consider if you will, the significance of that quote for our present time; we’ll return to it shortly.

Continuing, once He had reached Calvary,

Christ was despoiled of His garments. It was a custom of the Romans to strip to the loin-cloth those who were to die on the cross. . .  This last disrobing was much more painful than the first, especially to the sacred shoulder on which Christ had carried the cross. The wounds torn open anew, burned like fire.

This stripping was public, and was witnessed by His most pure Mother and His friends as well as his enemies.

As we consider the above, think of Christ led outside the city, and stripped of all. Today, the Bride of Christ stands stripped and shamed, a scandal to the faithful and an object of mockery before  the faithful and the enemies as well.  We were not present for the Passion of Christ, but here and now we behold the spectacle.  What shall our response be?

Before we answer, we should carefully consider the scene before us. Where were Christ’s Apostles, His chosen followers? Where was the first Pope? Where was the traitor? And above all, where was His beloved Apostle and His most beloved Mother?

We know the answers. Mary and John were not busily organizing the Apostles into a demonstration, there was no plot to unseat the unjust Roman ruler, Pilate. Nor were His followers disputing with the Pharisees.  And yet, despite the counter-intuitive actions of the Blessed Virgin and her closest friends, despite John’s mystical attendance at the Cross, despite the absence and inactivity of the Apostles, Jesus freed us from sin, and saved mankind from eternal damnation. Satan was vanquished precisely by his “victory”.

Today, as then, Satan seems to have won. And that should encourage us. For we are about to come to our appointed time. If we have heeded Our Lady of the Rosary, and followed her message of Fatima, we are aware that as her children, our place is with her, at the Cross. Her cross was to attend to Him, giving His total sacrifice the total sacrifice of her own will, believing, adoring, hoping and loving Him for all those who did not, would not.

This Lent is our most important ever. We are totally consecrated to our Savior Jesus Christ; and like Him, led like a lamb outside the once-sacred city, stripped of our certainties, stripped even of ourselves, struggling in the darkness, for the Sun of our faith is obscured as it was for His followers then. And so this is the best of times. It is good for us to kneel here. We know the outcome for our Blessed Lord and Savior has been leading us all this way for so long now.  We are not pacifists or quietists or any other such thing! We are her Warriors and she will lead us in her due time. The time does not concern us. It is for us is to kneel and pray, to believe, to adore, to hope and above all, to love.

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

† . 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.
† . Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† . St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!