Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Quae est ista? The laity MUST take up the Public Worship of God that has been so neglected since the Apostasy!

The Liturgy is the prayer of the Church. The Divine Office and the Holy Mass are the fitting worship of the Bride of Christ. And yet, how often is it prayed here in the beginning of the 21st century? Before the Apostasy, tens of thousands of priests throughout the world gave praise to God as the voice of the Church!

How about now? She is all but abandoned. Who calls down God's protection upon her? Who praises Him as He deserves?

We are the Church Militant. We are the Soldiers of Christ, are we not? WE ARE INDEED!

We cannot offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. However, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is part of the Liturgy of the Church! We can participate in the public prayer of the Church.

We must take up the challenge. How many tens or hundreds of thousands of priests, monks, nuns, and laity abandoned it over the past 60 years?

We must, as Christ´s soldiers, resume the song of the Church – using the Little Office.

What follows are my thoughts on one small part beginning with the Canticle of Zachary at the end of Lauds and then going through the three psalms of Prime. These should make it clear that Holy Mother Church gave these to us to fortify us in battle. How wonderful to begin the daily battle fortified spiritually with these prayers.

We must always remember that when we pray the Office, we do so not only in the name of the Church but AS THE CHURCH!

The Canticle of Zachary Luc. 1, 68-79

BLESSED be the Lord God of Israel: for He hath visited and wrought the redemption of His people.
2 And hath raised up a horn of salvation to us * in the house of His servant David.
3 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets * who are from the beginning:
4 Salvation from our enemies * and from the hand of all that hate us;
5 To perform mercy to our fathers * and to remember His Holy Covenant.
6 The oath which He swore to Abraham our father * that He would grant unto us,
7 That, being delivered from the hand of our enemies * we might serve Him without fear,
8 In holiness and justice before Him * all the days of our life,
9 And thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the highest * for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways.
10 To give knowledge of salvation unto His people * for the remission of their sins.
11 Through the bowels of the mercy of our God * whereby the Orient from on high hath visited us.
12 To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death * to direct our feet into the way of peace. Glory be.

This Canticle of Zachary was inspired by the Holy Ghost at the birth of St. John the Baptist, the precursor who prepared the way for the first coming of Our Lord. The Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing in places all over the world in fulfillment of the same role – She has been preparing the world for the second coming of Christ: Mexico, Quito, Paris, La Salette, Lourdes, Fatima and countless other locations where Our Lady has come to warn us and turn us from the path leading to destruction that we are on! She has been the new prophet of The Most High preparing His ways. She has been reminding us what we must do to save our souls; to enlighten us as we sit in darkness and the shadow of death. But equally importantly, She comes to remind us that we will be delivered from the hands of our enemies that we may serve Him without fear. We will be delivered from all our enemies and those who hate us – at the time of the Great Event!

PRIME (6:00 am)

Remember, O Creator Lord!
That in the Virgin’s sacred womb
Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
Didst our mortality assume.

O Mary, Mother of grace,
Sweet fount of mercy;
Protect us against the enemy
And take us up when we die.

O Jesu! born of Virgin bright!
Immortal glory be to Thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.

This beautiful hymn becomes more lovely the more it is prayed. It is said at all of the little hours, Prime, Tierce, Sext, None, and at Compline. The first four lines are to remind us that the Creator of the universe deigned to take flesh and dwell among us and that he did so by assuming our mortality through the Blessed Virgin Mary. It sounds as if we are reminding Christ Our Lord of this fact, but it hardly seems necessary to remind Him of it! It works to my advantage to realize that I am the one to be reminded of this essential fact of our salvation. The three brief stanzas are a summation of the profound mystery of the Incarnation: the first focuses on the fact that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us; the second, directs our thoughts to the Blessed Virgin, through whom He became man; the third gives glory to the Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady. It is repeated five times each day and can be said to be the germ of the entire Little Office.

Psalm 53. Deus, in nomine

A prayer for help in distress.

O GOD, save me in Thy name * and judge me in Thy strength.
2 O God, hear my prayer * and give ear to the words of my mouth.
3 For strangers have risen up against me, and the mighty have sought after my soul * and they have not set God before their eyes.
4 For behold, God is my helper * and the Lord is the protector of my soul.
5 Turn back evil upon mine enemies * and destroy Thou them in Thy truth.
6 I will freely sacrifice unto Thee * and will praise Thy name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For Thou hast delivered me out of all trouble * and mine eye hath looked down upon mine enemies.
Glory be…

St. Alphonsus comments:

Psalm LIII. A prayer of David asking God to deliver him from the soldiers of Saul, by whom he was surrounded. It may serve for all Christians who find themselves assailed by the temptations of the devil. Cardinal Bellarmine remarks that the Holy Church, in her choice of this Psalm for the Hour of Prime, admonishes us to fortify ourselves betimes by prayer against the tribulations and temptations that we may have to meet with in the course of the day.

If David was surrounded by his enemies, much more so is the Catholic of our day who is trying to keep the Apostolic Faith unchanged in the face of the church of Antichrist which has eclipsed the True Catholic Church and driven the faithful underground.
As you begin to read and pray the psalms of the little hours, that is, the hours read during the working part of the day, so to speak, that the tone of them changes. Whereas in Matins and Lauds the psalms were of praise and wonder at God’s glory and magnificence, they now reflect the aspect of the supplication of a soldier of Christ in battle against His enemies. Remember when praying these psalms to focus on the fact that you are speaking to Someone. Perhaps you can pause briefly after saying O God or O Lord to remind yourself that you are not reciting a poem in a book, but you are speaking to the Creator of the Universe!
This psalm sets the tone for the little hours and puts the soldier of Christ in the proper frame of mind for beginning the day’s combat: We are in a battle. This day is one of so many in the spiritual warfare against the enemies of Christ and His Church. We must ask God to protect us against our enemies, keeping in mind that our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against Satan and his slaves, who want to destroy our souls so that we cannot take their places in heaven that they lost when St. Michael cast them out. It ends with a reminder that God hears our prayers and will deliver us from our enemies if we persevere. Remember to pray that the enemy, the church of darkness that has eclipsed the True Catholic Church, be driven from Rome, and that a true pope be restored to the throne of St. Peter. That is our battle.

Psalm 84. Benedixisti
Prayer to obtain the complete restoration of Israel.

THOU hast blessed Thy land, O Lord * Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people * Thou hast covered all their sins.
3 Thou hast softened all Thine anger * Thou hast turned Thyself away from the wrath of Thine indigation.
4 Convert us, O God our Saviour * and turn away Thine anger from us.
5 Wilt Thou be angry with us forever * or wilt Thou stretch out Thy wrath from generation to generation?
6 Thou shalt turn again, O God, and quicken us * and Thy people shall rejoice in Thee.
7 Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy * and grant us Thy salvation.
8 I will hearken what the Lord God shall say within me * for He will speak peace unto His people:
9 And unto His Saints * and unto them that are converted in heart.
10 Surely His salvation is nigh unto them that fear Him * that glory may dwell in our land.
11 Mercy and truth have met together * justice and peace have kissed each other.
12 Truth is sprung out of the earth * and justice hath looked down from heaven.
13 For the Lord shall give goodness * and our land shall yield her fruit.
14 Justice shall walk before Him * and shall set His steps in the way.

Glory Be.

St. Alphonsus says:

Psalm LXXXIV. In this psalm mention is first made of the deliverance of the Jewish people from captivity, and afterwards of the redemption of the human race from the slavery of the devil. The fruits of this redemption are, moreover, predicted. We can make use of the Psalm to obtain these fruits, as the Holy Church does in the Office for Christmas.

Thou hast covered all their sins, or, as Bellarmine well explains, Thou hast hid them from Thy Face, not to see and punish them. – When God covers sins, He cancels and forgives them, as if they had never been.

If Thou, O Lord, art appeased, and turnest Thine eyes towards us, Thou wilt give us life, by causing us to rise again from sin to grace, and Thy people will rejoice in Thee, singing Thy praises.

I will listen to what the Lord my God shall say to me in my heart; because He will speak of the peace there is for His people, that is, of the reconciliation that Jesus Christ, their Redeemer, will obtain for them, who is called by Isaias,  Princeps pacis [Prince of peace](Is. ix. 6).

Mercy and truth, that is, justice, will meet at the coming of the Messias, so that then justice satisfied and peace bestowed shall mutually embrace. – S. Jerome and S. Augustine understand by Mercy, the coming of the Saviour for the Gentiles, to whom He was not promised; and by Truth, the faithfulness of the Messias with respect to the Jews, to whom He was promised. --- We have used the future, will meet and will embrace, because in this Psalm the advent of the Messias is foretold as something yet to come. The Psalmist speaks in the past, because as Bellarmine remarks, the poetical language of the Orientals often expresses the future in the past tense to denote the certainty of the prophecy.

Who can doubt that God’s wrath has been kindled, or rather, enflamed against us. Just as the Hebrews were driven into exile and captivity in Babylon due to their infidelity, so now the Church has been driven into the wilderness: the True Mass and Sacraments are almost impossible to find; the Apostolic Faith is held by a tiny remnant while an imposter church masquerading as the True Church sits in the Vatican and in our once Catholic churches. We must pray this psalm intensely each day begging Almighty God to have mercy. In addition, we must fast and offer sacrifices as Our Lady asked at Fatima. There is no doubt that God will end this eclipse, and that the Church will be restored and that Her enemies will be confounded. A true successor to St. Peter will return to his See and Holy Mother Church will triumph. We have Christ’s promise that this will be. His anger will NOT stretch forever, but it may last quite some time. We must be humble and keep our eyes upon Him and His Holy Mother and wait for them to act.

He will show His mercy to them that fear Him and are converted in heart. He will grant us His salvation. Those who persevere until the end will be saved. How wonderful of Our Lady to lead us to these psalms in Quito, almost 400 years before this eclipse of the Church came upon us. How loving she is to prepare us and shield us from the just wrath of her Son. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

The Little Chapter Cant. 6, 9.

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

The Little Chapter asks “Who is she that cometh forth...? This army set in array is the Church. Why would anyone have to ask, Who is this? Why is the Church rising? 

Is it not because right now the Church is hidden; She is out of view; She is being eclipsed by a false church, the church of Vatican II, the church of darkness; and the whole world has been fooled into thinking that that monstrosity is the Catholic Church. For that reason, when the TRUE Church is released from Her imprisonment, when She comes out from the catacombs, no one will recognise Her! They will be in awe at Her beauty, at Her majesty. The good will rejoice, but the wicked will be in terror because they will see the very power of God in Her as a powerful army ready to avenge the innocents who have been oppressed by their enemies for so long. Just as Our Lord, Our Lady, and the Church arose from their sepulchres, so will Holy Mother Church arise and Her enemies will be scattered.