Pray For Elijah Mundattuchundayil Who Leaves For Traditional Catholic Seminary FSSP

We had a great party at the Mundattuchundayil’s home to send away their son to begin his studies at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Seminary, (Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter) in Trenton Nebraska.  The party was a surprise.

photoHe has been an altar boy for years at their parish Mater Misericordia here in Phoenix Arizona.  Most of you know about that parish because it is where Fr. Terra was beaten and Fr. Walker murdered.  Keep praying for the conversion of Gary Michael Moran who did these horrendous crimes.

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photoElijah (on the right) with his friend Trinidad.

Fr. Nick Floridi was there.  He is a diocesan priest studying the Latin Mass.  He has suffered much for trying to be an orthodox seminarian and priest.  Pray for him.photoFr. Nick Floridi

Fr. Gordon (FSSP) is here for a few weeks helping at Mater Misericordia.

photoFr. Gordon (FSSP)

Fr. David Kemna is now here to take Fr. Walker’s place.  He is doing a good job.

photoFr. David Kemna (FSSP)

Everyone had a great time praying, eating and playing soccer.photoIt sure is fun to be a traditional Catholic and have priestly vocations from large families.  There was also another young woman leaving to go to the Franciscans of the Renewal in the Bronx.  Pray for her to.  I told her I think she will have a very hard time not having the Holy Latin Mass.

 

St. Peter Claver Believed In Converting Pagans and Heretics To Catholicism

Since the Council of Vatican II, most Catholics think that all religions are great and that there is no need to be missionaries anymore.  That is not how it was before.  St. Peter Claver is a great example, amongst all the saints, who lived and suffered to save souls by baptizing them in the Catholic faith.  He is said to have baptized over 300,000 slaves.

peter-claver1St. Peter was born is Spain in 1581.  He went to Cartagena, that is now Colombia, to work with the black slaves.  His 5 month trip there was mostly suffering, but he used it to gently convert all those on board by asking for a hour a day to catechize everyone on board.  Cartagena was the main port where slaves were brought in from Africa to be sold in South America.

Once there, he worked with translators and catechist to reach all the slaves in their own language.  He said: “We must speak to them with our hands before we speak to them with our mouths“.  So, once a boat would arrive, he would be there to serve them with kindness, food, medicine, brandy, lemons and tobacco.  He made a vow to be “a slave to the black slaves forever”.

St_Peter_Claver“He was solicitous not only with blacks but with everyone in great danger of body or soul. He took a particular interest in those condemned to death; he would prepare them and accompany them to the place of execution. Once he accompanied a certain Stephen Melon, convicted of robbery and murder. And since the post of hangman was vacant, they sent in his place a Muslim condemned to the galleys. Because the executioner lacked practice, the rope broke three times, causing the convict great pain. Each time, St. Peter Claver rushed to comfort him with wine and biscuits. Afterward he also helped the Mohammedan, comforting him in the same way. The next day the latter came looking for St. Peter at the high school to thank him for his charity, and left the place converted.”{ref}Cf. Enriqueta Vila, Santos de América, Ediciones Moreton, S.A., Bilbao, 1968, p. 135.

A woman who had not yet been baptized, died.  He went and prayed that she would come back to life.  She did, he baptized her.  She immediately died after, a saved Catholic.

To those condemned to death he would say; “Happy are you who know your last day, and happy I should be, I know mine.”  He was bed ridden for 4 years before he died peacefully, without a word or motion.  That was on the birthday of Our Mother Mary, September 8, 1654.

Saint_Peter_ClaverLet us learn from from St. Peter Claver to do as he said; “Make of life a ladder to heaven.”

Let us also shout out with him: Everyone needs to be converted and be baptized Catholic.  We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know this and practice this.  Let us do it by our prayers, our example and then our mouth.

Mary’s Birthday Sept. 8, 16 B.C.

The Blessed Virgin Mary was born September 8th, nine months after the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, when she was conceived (without the original sin of Adam and Eve) in her mother St. Ann’s womb.

hp_birth_of_mary_09The Bible is mute about Mary’s conception and birth.  But there are 2nd century Apocryphal documents that give accounts of her birth.  3 of them can be found in the Catholic Encyclopedia: Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Protoevangelium of James and the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary.  These traditions complement scripture and are not contrary to what is found in the Bible.

Another account I found posted on Free Republic is by the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Mary was born fifteen years,three months and seventeen days before the birth of Jesus. She was born in a house in which,fourteen years,six months and seventeen days later,the Archangel Gabriel,sent by God,would come and kneel before her and with a bowed head would say, “Hail,full of grace,the Lord is with thee.” Mary was three years,two months and thirteen days old when she was presented by her parents to GOD in the Temple. She was fourteen years old when she was espoused to Joseph and she was fourteen years, four months and fifteen day old when her espousals to Saint Jpseph were solemnized. She was in her forty-eighth year when Jesus suffered the Passion and death on the cross,and Jesus gave her to John and to all the Faithful as their own Mother!-when Jesus and rose from the dead,and ascended into Heaven,in the year 33. MAry was seventy-two years old when she herself,died and was three days later assumed into Heaven ,in the year 58. Mary has the compassionate heart of a good Mother. She hears those who ask her for help and she leads them on to Jesus. She knows well, all about suffering,sorrow,joy, fear,love and war. please take one second of your time Sept.8th-and wish the Mother of Jesus a Happy Birthday! Ask her to help those in your own life and those of your families (who need salvation of their souls),and learn how to say the rosary,and wear the brown scapular.”

bambinoSt Augustine writes about the importance of this feast already way back in the 5th century.

“The Hoped for day of the blessed and venerable Virgin Mary ever a Virgin has now come; therefore let our earth rejoice with great gladness, illuminated by the birth of so great a Virgin.  For she is the flower of the field from which came forth the priceless lily of the valley; by her child-bearing the nature inherited from our first parents is changed, their fault wiped out.  In her the sentence passed on Eve was remitted which said, “In sorrow shall you bring forth children,” for Mary brought forth the Lord in joy.

Eve sorrowed, but Mary exulted; Eve carried weeping in her womb, but Mary carried joy, for Eve brought forth a sinner, but Mary innocence herself.  The mother of our race brought punishment into the world, but the Mother of our Lord brought salvation into the world.  Eve was the source of sin, Mary the source of merit.  Eve by killing was a hindrance, Mary by giving life was a help.  Ever wounded, Mary healed.  Obedience takes place of disobedience, faith makes up for faithlessness.

Mary may now play on her instruments, the Mother strikes the cymbals with swift fingers.  The joyful choruses may sound out and songs alternate with sweet harmonies.  Hear, then, how the she sings, she who leads our chorus.  For she says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for, behold, hence forth all generations shall call me blessed because He who is mighty has done great things for me.”  And so the miraculous new birth takes away the cause of our increasing burden of sin, and Mary’s song puts an end to the weeping Eve.”

childmaryWe are so blessed to have the Blessed Mother as our own mother too.  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee and for those who do not have recluse to thee, especially the enemies of the Church the Freemasons and today all those in and out of the Church who teach heresies. Amen.

Ven. Ann Catherine Emmerich, who had great mystical visions that she wrote down, also shares the same birthday as Mary, Sept. 8, 1774.

Are We Traditional Catholics Grateful Enough?

The word “Gratitude” means: to have an attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for all the good we have received or will receive in the future.  It means we also have taken time to acknowledge these gifts from God and others.

The word “Ingratitude” means: to not be thankful or acknowledge all the wonderful things given to us (or have happened to us) by God or others.

5 - Adoration of the Eucharist, by Jeronimo Jacinto Espinosa, 1650St. Bernard said; “Ingratitude is an enemy of the soul, which destroys merits, corrupts virtues and impedes graces.  A heavy wind that dries up the fountain of goodness, dew of mercy and the stream of the graces of God.”

St. John Chrysostom said; “The best way to keep God giving us things, is to remember them and being thankful for them.  God daily overloads us with innumerable benefits, asks nothing for them, but to thank Him for them.”

St. Augustine said: “Nothing is more pleasing to God than to say “Thanks be to God”.”

Why not take some time to write down all the good things God has done for you, given you and has promised to give you in the future.  Call it a “gratitude journal” where you keep track of all the great things God has miraculously done for you or helped you avoid.

baptismOne terrible sin today is the lack of gratitude by Catholics for the gift of children.  After the 1, 2, and maybe 3 children, they see the gift of another child as something evil, bad or problem.  Other than the gifts of forgiveness of our sins, the sacraments and the hope of eternal life with God forever, a child, and all of them that God would be so generous as to give, are the greatest gift from Almighty God.

Traditional Catholic Time Spent Meditating On And Preparing For Eternity

One thing that is for certain, in this uncertain world, is death.   Do not fool yourself into thinking you will never die or that you will die at an old age.  Everyday take time to thank God for life today and the grace (help) to prepare for a holy death.  As we live, so we will die.  People die at all ages from cancer, accidents, murders and old age.

old-photo-funeral-processionPeople fool themselves into believing that they will change the last minute (or year) of their life.  They put off stopping sinning and going to confession because they falsely believe that they have plenty of time to change and confess.

How can we define eternity when we have never lived, or experience, living outside of time. All we know is time here and now:  60 seconds, 60 minutes, 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, 12 months, a year and counting how many years old we are.  We celebrate our birthday every year; 1, 2, 3, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, (maybe 80, 90 or 100, if we are so blessed and have lived a clean healthy life).

560x495xVA-Death-Panel.jpg.speedilic.ic.i42NEqfNc6Eternity can be defined as time stopping.  No more seconds, minutes, hours, days, years. It is just being or existing without end or one event that follows another.

And this is why we have better be existing in eternity in the great loving pleasurable presence of God.  And this is why we do not want to be in the flames of purgatory, (till we have been purified to be able to enter into the perfect loving presence of Almighty God).  Nor do we want end up in the endless presences of the hateful presence of the devil and all his minions in the fires of hell.

funeralI meditate on this everyday, every time something bothers me.  I remind myself that a little sinful pleasure is not worth spending eternity in hell, (with the devils, fire, horror, darkness, fighting, scratching, biting, squishing, screams, thirst, hunger, stink, hatred, despair, depression, remorse, mental illness and filled with other hateful evil people that only gets worse and worse forever).

One exercise I do, at catechism and other places to give a tiny glimpse into eternity, is to just repeat over and over for 5-10 seconds the word; forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever.

Right off, after a few seconds, people are totally irritated.  Yet, they have no qualms about going to hell forever, as long as they can do what they choose to do right now.

Death_Skull_CHAMPAIGNE, Philippe deMany people just create their own idea of what their after death will be like.  They simply wish hell away.  The Jehovah Witnesses do not believe in hell.  Atheist do not either.  Many Catholics tell me that that we are living in hell right now.

I have experienced the devil, many others have too.  Why do we have exorcisms.  Many many people (as well as myself) have experienced of an evil weight on their chest (when they are somewhat asleep), that keeps them from breathing and praying.  “Just tell the possessed people it is mental illness”.   Almost all religions believe in evil spirits and some sort of bad place after death for evil people.

Cat-No-309-The-Emperor-Shortly-After-Death-PhotographSo, let us meditate every day on death and more so on ETERNITY, so as to be prepared for death when ever it may come along.  Be assured that sooner or later, it will eventually come along.  We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and believe in what is contained in Holy Scriptures, what Jesus said, Mary’s apparitions and the hundreds of experience the saints have had, and written down, about heaven and hell.

 

Traditional Catholic Con-fide-nce (With Faith) In God’s Great Love

Most Catholics today trust themselves more than God.  I experience this right away when I try to let people know;

1) That the “Mass of All Times”, the Latin Mass, was developed by the Holy Spirit over hundreds and hundreds of years for man to give proper adoration and glory to God and is a great “treasure” given to us from Him,

mass-purgatory-496504066_88d304cb822) That woman dressing immodestly is a sin that offends God, (As the Blessed Virgin Mary said at Fatima Portugal),

almost all Catholics do not believe me and treat me with great contempt for holding these truths.  So, we need to ask the question; why do they believe so strongly that they are right and I am so wrong?

The problems comes from the very beginning of mankind’s history.  Out of pure love for us, God created us in a paradise.  Man and woman had perfect loving familial relations with God, with each other and with all other living creatures.  The natural environment, in which they lived, was extremely beautiful and provided for all of their needs without them having to work.  Why did Adam and Eve lose all these great gifts from their loving creator?

Andrea Pisano_Creation of Adam_Florence_Museo dell'Opera del Duomo_1334-37I think it was because Eve did not have total confidence in God’s love for her and Adam.  When the “serpent”, the enemy, the devil, told her that if she ate the fruit of knowledge of good and evil from the only forbidden tree in all of paradise, he did it by working on her lack of trust in her Creator’s love for her.  The devil worked on her to doubt God’s goodness.

She felt that she knew what was good for her and that God was wrong.  She acted as if she was smarter than God.  When she ate the forbidden fruit, she believe that she knew better than God what would make her happy.  Yes, the devil suggested this to her, but it was what was in her soul that told her, the devil is right and God is wrong; I will become like God if I eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  In the end she did not believe that God, her creator, loved her and wanted to protect her from all that would harm her.

Fall of Man_CORNELIS VAN HAARLEMWhy did Adam disobey God?  Adam ate the forbidden fruit because, even though he had love and confidence in God, he put more confidence and trust in his woman Eve.  When she suggested to him to eat of the tree, he felt she must be more correct than God, and obeyed her.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any of the beasts of the earth which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Why hath God commanded you, that you should not eat of every tree of paradise?  And the woman answered him, saying: Of the fruit of the trees that are in paradise we do eat:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise, God hath commanded us that we should not eat; and that we should not touch it, lest perhaps we die.  And the serpent said to the woman: No, you shall not die the death.  For God doth know that in what day soever you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.

And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband who did eat.  And the eyes of them both were opened: and when they perceived themselves to be naked, they sewed together fig leaves, and made themselves aprons.  And when they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in paradise at the afternoon air, Adam and his wife hid themselves from the face of the Lord God, amidst the trees of paradise.  And the Lord God called Adam, and said to him: Where art thou?  And he said: I heard thy voice in paradise; and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”  Genesis 2: 1-10

[7] And the eyes: Not that they were blind before, (for the woman saw that the tree was fair to the eyes, ver. 6.) nor yet that their eyes were opened to any more perfect knowledge of good; but only to the unhappy experience of having lost the good of original grace and innocence, and incurred the dreadful evil of sin. From whence followed a shame of their being naked; which they minded not before; because being now stript of original grace, they quickly began to be subject to the shameful rebellions of the flesh.

So when it comes to listening to God about what pleases Him in Liturgy, like the Holy Sacrifice of the Latin Mass, or to dress respectfully, men and women do not have enough confidence in God to believe it is for their good.

When it comes to the Holy Latin Mass, they believe that they know what is best for them, like, 1) mass in the language they can understand, 2) upbeat music, 3) lots of activity and 4) the priest facing them.

They know and are sure that the Catholic Church was wrong for hundreds and hundred of years when in almost all of the world where the Holy Mass was only offered in Latin.  (A small amount of Catholics did also offer other rites like the Eastern rites.)  Like Eve, they are sure that God, through the working of the Holy Spirit, did not love them enough to take care of them with His Holy Mass that was slowly developed over centuries.

The new “Adam”, (not Jesus), believes what others tell them about how terrible the Latin Mass is and that the New Mass is so much better.  They trust more in the common persons around them, who have never studied the History of the Holy Mass, to influence them over holy priests who have greatly studied the development of the Holy Mass over time.

When it comes to modesty, women, (and men who enjoy lusting after sexually provocative dressed women), they have more “faith” in how designers, TV and movie stars and singers tell them to dress than God.  They also believe them more than the few brave priests who are willing to take the hated from them for just telling them the truth that God does not like it when women dress sexually.

sermon-and-deeds-of-the-antichrist-luca-signorelli2Over and over again I have to see Catholic women in church with “leggings” or other provocative clothing.  They love the attention their body gets and to be in style and have decided that they know best and that God, and the few brave priests who correct them, are wrong.  They do not care that they are sinning and offending God.  They know what is good for themselves.

Dressing provocatively and causing men to sin while trying to go to pray at mass, is serious sin.  These people go to Mass and church and are at the same time crucifying Jesus Christ.  Every sin I have committed or you are committing is crucifying Jesus.  They are so blinded by their vanity and self will, that they do no care that they are crucifying Jesus in HIs own home, the church.

May we become humble again and realize that God is love and loves us more than anyone could ever love us.   His rules, from the beginning of not eating the forbidden fruit, to today, are all to protect us from the devil and other evil things happening to us.

We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and know this.  We will be humble and obey our loving God who created us.

Traditional Catholic Wedding Ceremony Vs New Wedding Ceremony

Take time to study the two Wedding ceremonies.  You will see that the Traditional One has the wedding rite before the Latin Mass.  IN the Novus Ordo it is during the Mass after the homily.  there are no options in the Latin Wedding and many (especially the readings) in the Novus ordo. Aoife-Strongbow-marriage

The TRADITIONAL Rite of Marriage

The bride and groom stand before the priest, just outside the sanctuary. The groom stands on the Joseph/Epistle side of the church (the right from the point of view of the congregation), and the bride stands on the Mary/Gospel side.

The priest then asks the following question of the groom:

N., wilt thou take N., here present, for thy lawful wife, according to the rite of our holy Mother the Church? .
R. I will

Then the priest asks the bride:

N., wilt thou take N., here present, for thy lawful husband, according to the rite of our holy Mother the Church?
R. I will.

Having obtained their mutual consent, the priest asks the man and the woman join their right hands. Then they pledge themselves each to the other as follows, repeating the words after the priest. The man begins:

I, N. N., take thee, N. N., for my lawful wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

The woman follows:

I, N. N., take thee, N. N., for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

The priest then says:

I join you together in marriage, in the Name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Ego conjugo vos in matrimonium, in nomine Patris, + et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

The priest sprinkles the couple with Holy Water.
Then he blesses the bride’s ring, saying:

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord. V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini.
R. Who made heaven and earth. R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer. V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. The Lord be with you. V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. And with Thy spirit. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Let us pray. Bless, + O Lord, this ring, which we bless + in Thy name, that she who shall wear it, keeping true faith unto her spouse, may abide in Thy peace and in obedience to Thy will, and ever live in mutual love. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

Then the priest sprinkles the ring (which is considered a sacramental) with holy water in the form of a cross; and the bridegroom, having received the ring from the hand of the priest, places it on the third finger of the left hand of the bride, saying the following:

With this ring I thee wed and I plight unto thee my troth.[Another form:

With this ring I thee wed; this gold and silver I thee give; with my body I thee worship; and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.

Another method of placing the ring on the bride's finger is to slide it onto the thumb while saying "In the Name of the Father," then onto the index finger while saying, "and of the Son," and onto the middle finger while saying "and of the Holy Ghost," then finally onto the ring finger while saying "Amen.]

Then the priest says:

In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. In nomine Patris, + et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

This done, the priest says:

V. Confirm, O God, that which Thou hast wrought in us. V. Confirma hoc, Deus, qod operatus es in nobis.
R. From Thy holy temple, which is in Jerusalem. R. A templo sancto tuo quod est in Jerusalem.
V. Lord, have mercy. V. Kyrie eleison.
R. Christ, have mercy. R. Christe eleison.
V. Lord, have mercy. V. Kyrie eleison.
Our Father, etc. (inaudibly). Pater noster (secreto).
V. And lead us not into temptation. V. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
R. But deliver us from evil. R. Sed libera nos a malo.
V. Save Thy servants. V. Salvos fac servos tuos.
R. Who hope in Thee, O my God. R. Deus meus, sperantes in te.
V. Send them help, O Lord, from Thy holy place. V. Mitte eis, Domine, auxilium de sancto.
R. And defend them out of Sion. R. Et de Sion tuere eos.
V. Be unto them, Lord, a tower of strength. V. Esto eis, Domine, turris fortitudinis. R.: A facie inimici.
R. From the face of the enemy. V. Domine exaudi orationem meam.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee. R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. The Lord be with you. V. Dominus vobiscum.
R. And with Thy spirit. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
Let us pray. Look down with favor, O Lod, we beseech Thee, upon these Thy servants, and graciously protect this, Thine ordinance, whereby Thou hast provided for the propagation of mankind; that they who are joined together by Thy authority may be preserved by Thy help; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Nuptial Mass and Nuptial Blessing are optional for the couple. If they are desired, they will follow the Marriage Rite above. The Nuptial Mass is like any other Mass except that the Gloria and Creed are omitted, and the following Propers are said. The Nuptial Mass can’t be offered on any of the following days: Feasts of the first or second class; on Sundays or holydays of obligation; within the octaves of the Epiphany, Easter, Pentecost, Corpus Christi; on Ash Wednesday; during Holy Week; on the vigils of Christmas, Epiphany or Pentecost; All Soul’s Day.

Archuke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen | Spiering PhotographyReadings from the Traditional Wedding Latin Mass

Epistle: Ephesians 5:22-33

Brethren: Let women be subject to their husbands as to the Lord; for the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the Church. He is the savior of His body. Therefore, as the Church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for it: that He might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life; that He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself: for no man ever hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it; as also Christ doth the Church: for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and they shall be two in one flesh. This is a great Sacrament, but I speak in Christ and in the Church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself, and let the wife fear her husband.

Gospel: Matthew 19:3-6

At that time: The Pharisees came to Jesus, tempting Him and saying; It is lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Who answering said to them, Have ye not read, that He who made man from the beginning, made them male and female? and He said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore, now they are not two but one flesh. What, therefore, God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

 

After the Pater Noster, the priest goes to the Epistle side of the Altar. The Bride and Groom kneel before him. The priest folds his hands and, turning towards the bridegroom and bride, says over them the following two prayers. 

Let us pray. Be gracious, O Lord, to our humble supplications: and graciously assist this Thine institution, which Thou hast established for the increase of mankind: that what is joined together by Thine authority, may be preserved by Thine aid. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee..,O God, who by Thine own mighty power, didst make all things out of nothing: who, having set in order the beginnings of the world, didst appoint Woman to be an inseparable helpmeet to Man, made like unto God, so that Thou didst give to woman’s body its beginnings in man’s flesh, thereby teaching that what it pleased Thee to form from one substance, might never be lawfully separated: O God, who, by so excellent a mystery hast consecrated the union of man and wife, as to foreshadow in this nuptial bond the union of Christ with His Church: O God, by whom Woman is joined to Man, and the partnership, ordained from the beginning, is endowed with such blessing that it alone was not withdrawn either by the punishment of original sin, nor by the sentence of the flood: graciously look upon this Thy handmaid, who, about to be joined in wedlock, seeks Thy defense and protection. May it be to her a yoke of love and peace: faithful and chaste, may she be wedded in Christ, and let her ever be the imitator of holy women: let her be dear to her husband, like Rachel: wise, like Rebecca: long-lived and faithful like Sara. Let not the author of deceit work any of his evil deeds in her. May she continue, clinging to the faith and to the commandments. Bound in one union, let her shun all unlawful contact. Let her protect her weakness by the strength of discipline; let her be grave in behavior, respected for modesty, well-instructed in heavenly doctrine. Let her be fruitful in offspring; be approved and innocent; and come to the repose of the blessed and the kingdom of heaven. May they both see their children’s children to the third and fourth generation, and may they reach the old age which they desire. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth…

After the prayers, the priest continues the Mass as usual with the prayer Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, and the Bride and Groom resume their places. The couple receive Communion as usual, at the proper time.

After the “Ite, Missa est” is said and before final blessing comes the Nuptial Blesssing:

May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you, and may He fulfill His blessing upon you: that you may see your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation, and thereafter may you have life everlasting, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, God for ever and ever.  Amen.

If you are interested in the changes and have the time, there is a description from L’Osservatore Romano April 17, 1969, when the new rite for marriage was promulgated by the “Consilium” and Bugnini in Rome.

A_005_Wedding_PdeV1-31to2-6_01The Novus Ordo (New) Wedding Ceremony Within Mass 

Entrance Rite

  1. Gathering
  2. Welcome of the bride and bridegroom (at the door of the church or at the altar)
  3. Procession (many choices for the entrance song)
  4. Greeting (three options)
  5. Gloria (even on a Sunday during Advent and Lent; choice of musical settings)
  6. Opening Prayer (four options)

Liturgy of the Word

  1. Old Testament Scripture Reading (nine options)
  2. Responsorial Psalm (seven options and many musical settings)
  3. New Testament Scripture Reading (thirteen options)
  4. Gospel Acclamation (choice of musical settings)
  5. Gospel (ten options)
  6. Homily (based on the Scriptures, Church teaching on marriage, and the couple’s lives)

Rite of Marriage

  1. Address to the couple
  2. Questions regarding intentions
  3. Wedding Vows or Consent (two choices of vows for the couple to speak to each another and a third alternative, when pastoral circumstances dictate, having the priest or deacon pose the vows as questions)
  4. Reception of the consent (may be accompanied with a musical acclamation by the assembly)
  5. Blessing and Exchange of Rings (three prayer options)
  6. General Intercessions (three suggested forms available, personalization possible)
  7. Profession of Faith (if Marriage is celebrated on a Sunday or Solemn Feast Day)

Liturgy of the Eucharist

  1. Preparation of the gifts (may select two people to carry the bread and wine to the altar and choose from among three options for Prayer Over the Gifts)
  2. Eucharistic Prayer (three options for Preface; several Eucharistic Prayer formulas; various sets of sung acclamations)
  3. The Lord’s Prayer
  4. Nuptial Blessing (three options)
  5. Sign of Peace
  6. The Breaking of the Bread (musical settings as for the Eucharistic Prayer)
  7. Communion (under forms of both consecrated bread and consecrated wine or under the form of consecrated bread alone; many choices for Communion processional song)
  8. Prayer after Communion (three options)

Concluding Rite

  1. Solemn Blessing (four options)
  2. Dismissal (three options)
  3. Recessional (many choices for music)

Novus Ordo (New) Wedding Vows

1. I (name) take you (name) to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

2. I (name) take you (name) for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

The bride and groom may also use one of the following formulas in which each answers I do after the priest or deacon poses the question.

3. (Name), do you take (name) to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to be true to her/him in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love her/him and to honor her/him all the days of your life?…I do.

4. (Name), do you take (name) for your lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do you part?I do.

JP Wedding-130NUPTIAL BLESSING 

Dear brothers and sisters, let us humbly pray to the Lord that on these his servants, now married in Christ, he may mercifully pour out the blessing of his grace and make of one heart in love (by the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood) those he has joined by a holy covenant.

O God, who by your mighty power created all things out of nothing, and, when you had set in place the beginnings of the universe, formed man and woman in your own image, making the woman an inseparable helpmate to the man, that they might no longer be two, but one flesh, and taught that what you were pleased to make one must never be divided;

O God, who consecrated the bond of Marriage by so great a mystery that in the wedding covenant you foreshadowed the Sacrament of Christ and his Church;

O God, by whom woman is joined to man and the companionship they had in the beginning is endowed with the one blessing not forfeited by original sin nor washed away by the flood.

Look now with favor on these your servants, joined together in Marriage, who ask to be strengthened by your blessing.  Send down on them the grace of the Holy Spirit and pour your love into their hearts, that they may remain faithful in the Marriage covenant.

May the grace of love and peace abide in your daughter N., and let her always follow the example of those holy women whose praises are sung in the Scriptures.  May her husband entrust his heart to her, so that, acknowledging her as his equal and his joint heir to the life of grace, he may show her due honor and cherish her always with the love that Christ has for his Church.

And now, Lord, we implore you: may these your servants hold fast to the faith and keep your commandments; made one in the flesh, may they be blameless in all they do; and with the strength that comes from the Gospel, may they bear true witness to Christ before all; (may they be blessed with children, and prove themselves virtuous parents, who live to see their children’s children).

And grant that, reaching at last together the fullness of years for which they hope, they may come to the life of the blessed in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Through Christ our lord. Amen.

Form B.

Let us pray to the Lord for this bride and groom, who come to the altar as they begin their married life, that (partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ) they may always be bound together by love for one another.

Holy Father, who formed man in your own image, male and female you created them, so that as husband and wife, united in body and heart, they might fulfill their calling in the world:

O God, who, to reveal the great design you formed in your love, willed that eh love of spouses for each other should foreshadow the covenant you graciously made with your people, so that, by fulfillment of the sacramental sign, the mystical marriage of Christ with his Church might become manifest in the union of husband and wife among your faithful;

Graciously stretch out your right hand over these your servants (N. and N.), we pray, and pour into their hearts the power of the Holy Spirit.

Grant, O Lord, that as they enter upon this sacramental union, they may share with one another the gifts of your love and, by being for each other a sign of your presence, become one heart and one mind.

May they also sustain, O Lord, by their deeds the home they are forming (and prepare their children to become members of your heavenly household by raising them in the way of the Gospel).

Graciously crown with your blessings your daughter N., so that, by being a good wife (and mother), she may bring warmth to her home with love that is pure and adorn it with welcoming graciousness.

Bestow a heavenly blessing also, O Lord on N., your servant, that he may be a worthy, good and faithful husband (and a provident father).

Grant, holy Father, that desiring to approach you table as a couple joined in Marriage in your presence, they may one day have the joy of taking part in your great banquet in heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Pope Pius X, Great Protector Of Traditional Catholicism

In a time of total turmoil in the Catholic Church all over the world, we traditional Catholics remind the Church that our faith is built on immutable truths founded on:

Traditional Latin Mass1) The Bible.

2) The Deposit of Faith left by Jesus to the Apostles.

3) Ancient liturgical traditions that have been passed on from one generation to another.

4) All Ecumenical Councils, (not just Vatican II).

5) The writings of the Doctors of the Church and saints.

6) All the pope’s encyclicals.

Pope St. Pius X or Giuseppe Sarto is one of those great defenders of the purity of faith that we traditionalist especially look to.  We do so because he was the one to point out, and tried to eradicate, the terrible heresy of Modernism from the Catholic Church hierarchy.  

Pius X_youth_Giuseppe SartoIndeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalist.”  Pope St. Pius X

The Pope’s motto was to “Restore or Re-establish all things in Christ”,  “instaurare omnia in Christo”. Ephesians 1:10.  And this is precisely what we traditional Catholics are trying to do today, reform, restore, renew and resist modernism and change to doctrine. 

Pope Pius X had been a spiritual director and rector of a seminary, so he knew how important the proper formation of priest is.  As pope, he called to the attention of the bishops the “spirit of independence” in younger clergy that he called a “menace” to ecclesiastical discipline.  To counteract this he strongly stated that all their studies be based on St. Thomas Aquinas.

“the principles of philosophy laid down by St. Thomas Aquinas are to be religiously and inviolably observed, because they are the means of acquiring such a knowledge of creation as is most congruent with the Faith (Contra Gentiles, II, 2, 3); of refuting all the errors of all the ages, and of enabling man to distinguish clearly what things are to be attributed to God and to God alone (ibid., iii; and Sum. Theol., 1, xii, 4: and liv, 1).”

“The reason is that the capital theses in the philosophy of St. Thomas are not to be placed in the category of opinions capable of being debated one way or another, but are to be considered as the foundations upon which the whole science of natural and divine things is based; if such principles are once removed or in any way impaired, it must necessarily follow that students of the sacred sciences will ultimately fail to perceive so much as the meaning of the words in which the dogmas of divine revelation are proposed by the magistracy of the Church.”

“St. Thomas perfected and augmented still further by the almost angelic quality of his intellect all this superb patrimony of wisdom which he inherited from his predecessors and applied it to prepare, illustrate and protect sacred doctrine in the minds of men (In Librum Boethii de Trinitate, quaest, ii, 3).” 

Pope Pius X_holy cardThat We should act without delay in this matter is made imperative especially by the fact that the partisans of error are to be sought not only among the Church’s open enemies; but, what is to be most dreaded and deplored, in her very bosom, and are the more mischievous the less they keep in the open. We allude, Venerable Brethren, to many who belong to the Catholic laity, and, what is much more sad, to the ranks of the priesthood itself, who, animated by a false zeal for the Church, lacking the solid safeguards of philosophy and theology, nay more, thoroughly imbued with the poisonous doctrines taught by the enemies of the Church, and lost to all sense of modesty, put themselves forward as reformers of the Church; and, forming more boldly into line of attack, assail all that is most sacred in the work of Christ, not sparing even the Person of the Divine Redeemer, whom, with sacrilegious audacity, they degrade to the condition of a simple and ordinary mall.”

He saw the Holy Eucharist as the center of our faith.  He encouraged all Catholics to frequently receive Holy Communion and allowed children to receive as soon as they were of the age of discretion.  

“The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble because it has God as its object; it is the most profitable for salvation, because it gives us the Author of Grace: it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself.”

s. Pio X 2Because of the heresies being spread, he dedicated much of his effort to catechetical instruction, not only for children, but also for adults, giving detailed rules, especially in relation to suitable schools for the religious instruction of students of the public schools and universities.   

Above all things, (as also concerns us traditional Catholics), St.Pope Pius X was extremely concerned about maintaining the purity of the Catholic faith.  He pointed to the dangers of certain new theological methods based upon Agnosticism and Immanentism, that then divest the doctrine of the faith of its teachings of objective, absolute, and immutable truth.  These methods also had “subversive criticism of Holy Scripture and the origins of Christianity”.

His encyclical “Pascendi”, in which he expounds and condemns the system of Modernism, is what we traditional Catholics are mostly concerned with.  It points out the danger of Modernism “in relation to philosophy, apologetics, exegesishistoryliturgy, and discipline, and shows the contradiction between that innovation and the ancient faith; and, finally, it establishes rules by which to combat efficiently the pernicious doctrines in question.” Catholic Encyclopedia 1913.  

So he established a Committee  of Vigilance with ecclesiastical sanctions against all clergy teaching modernism.  He also censored books that propagated modernism.  All clergy had to take an oath, binding themselves to reject modernism.  You can see the Oath Against Modernism here.

Pope St. Pius XHe recognized that the study of the Bible was both, the most important and the most dangerous study in theology.  So he formed the Biblical Institute, under the direction of the Jesuits (when they were still trustworthy).

He was born poor and died poor.  So he also had great care for the poor.  He also looked for solutions to the social problems of his time. Many Catholic associations of his times were leaning towards Socialism and promoting a spirit of insubordination to ecclesiastical authority.  So he banned them and formed new ones that made it possible for a balanced Catholic social action that prospered.  But he always stated that there was no stable social order that was not based on the authority of Christ the King and Him governing over governments. 

Let each one of us traditional Catholics take time to pray and study what this great saint wrote.  Let us also share this information with others.  I never really understood Modernism, the root of the crisis in the Church today, until another traditionalist pointed it out to me and had me read the encyclical “Pascendi“.  Print it up, pass it out.  We are not crazy, the church today is.  St. Pope Pius X is a saint and great teacher.  May we work and die for the “re-establishment of all (that is pure Catholicism) in Christ”.

sistine chapel pius x requiemIt is said that our dear St. Pope Pius X died of a broken heart when all his beloved seminarians, from all over the world, had to leave Rome and go to fight each other in the beginning of World War I.  St. Pope Pius X, pray for us.

Traditional Catholic Morning And Evening Offering

Start your day off right on your knees offering all your life, your day and actions to God with a Morning Offering.  Then end it off again on your knees with the Evening Offering and Examination of Conscience.

Way of Salvation_ANDREA DA FIRENZEMorning Offering

“Lord Jesus Christ, in union with that divine intention wherewith on earth Thou didst offer to God Thy praises through Thy Most Sacred Heart, and dost now offer them in the Sacrament of the Eucharist everywhere on earth even to the end of time, I most gladly offer Thee throughout this entire day, all my thoughts and intentions, all my affections and desires, all my words and deeds, in imitation of the most sacred Heart of the blessed and ever Virgin Mary Immaculate. Amen.” 

Latin version:
“Domine Iesu Christe, in unione illius divinae intentionis, quia in terris per sanctissimum Cor tuum laudes Deo persolvisti et nunc in Eucharistiae Sacramento ubique terrarum persolvis usque ad consummationem saeculi, ego per hanc diem integram, ad imitationem sanctissimi Cordis beatae Mariae semper Virginis immaculatae, tibi libentissime offero omnes meos intentiones et cogitationes, omnes meos affectus et desideria, omnia mea opera et verba. Amen.”

Another Morning Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You the prayers, works, joys and suffering of this day, for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, and for our Holy Mother, the Catholic Church.  Amen.

EliasEvening Offering and Examination of Conscience

ADORATION AND INVOCATION

MOST Sacred and Divine Heart of Jesus! convinced of my unworthiness, I prostrate myself before Thee to do Thee homage, to adore, love, and praise Thee as much as is in my power. O Jesus, my most sincere Friend! I expose to Thee all my wants, I discover to Thee all my miseries, my weakness, my tepidity and sloth—–in a word, all the wounds of my soul, and fervently implore Thee to let Thyself be moved to pity by them, and that Thou wouldst come to my aid according to the magnitude of Thy mercies.

(Examine your conscience.)

ACT OF CONTRITION

O SACRED HEART of my Jesus! by that ardent love which consumed thee on the Cross, a Victim of love and of suffering, and induced Thee to continue this sacrifice on our altars to the end of time, I, Thy miserable, sinful child, beseech Thee to grant me pardon for all the sins and outrages which I committed against Thee, for all ingratitude and infidelity of which I was guilty, and for my forgetfulness of Thee. Pardon all the sins of my life. I hate them, because Thou dost hate them; I detest them, because Thou dost detest them. For love of Thee I am sorry for having committed them, and should feel the greatest compunction for them even if there were neither Heaven nor Hell, solely because they offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness and worthy to be loved above all things. I would rather die a thousand times than offend Thee again, Whom I love above my life.

COMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART

O MOST amiable Heart of Jesus! let me, my relations, and friends, and all that have commended themselves to my prayer, and for whom I am bound to pray, experience Thy most powerful aid. Assist them individually in their necessities. O Heart full of mercies! convert all hardened hearts, console the Souls in Purgatory, be a refuge of the dying, the consolation of all distressed and suffering. Above all, be the refuge of my soul at the hour of death, and receive it into the bosom of Thy mercy.

In it I sleep securely and rest in peace. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

PRAYER

MOST sacred Heart! I select Thee as my resting-place, that Thou mayst be my strength in combat, my support in weakness, my light and guide in darkness, the expiation of my faults, and the sanctification of my intentions and actions, which I unite with Thine. Amen.

Clare_Man IlluminationWe are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to offer every part of our lives to Jesus through Mary.

St. Catherine of Siena said:

“The only cause of my life and death is my zeal for the Church of God, which devours and consumes me. Accept, O Lord, the sacrifice of my life for the Mystical Body of Thy holy Church.”

10 Traditional Catholic Practices To Get Out Of Habitual Sin Especially Of The Flesh

We all know that we are weak.  Our enemies: the demons, the flesh and the world are at our sides continuously.  So, we need help to stay in God’s grace and out of sin.  Here are 10 suggestions to practice to stop sinning, stay out of sin and to grow in holiness.

Tuy_Vision1) Prayer.  Pray anyway and anyhow that will keep you from sinning.  All day long, we attempt to shoot arrows of communications with God no matter if we are working, eating, driving, sitting, kneeling or talking.  It is a constant attempt to keep all we do in union with God.  We also need to develop a habit of prayer that automatically comes into action as soon as we are being tempted.

2) Mortification of the body.  Instead of always giving what the body wants, food, rest, comfort, music, sweets, pleasure, we need to have some mortification of what it wants every day in small ways.  Fasting and abstinence are important disciplines that train the will to say no to the body and yes to God.

3) Availing to God’s Graces.  Frequent confessions and Holy Communion give graces and strength to weak souls and wills.  In confession be very humble, sorrowful and honest as to the gravity of your sins even if it is embarrassing to say.  Never hold anything back.

4) Devotion to the Virgin Mary.  Mary is the mediatrix of all graces coming from God.  If we run to her in times of temptation, “No one has ever invoked her in his necessity without being heard” (St. Bernard).  She is virginal purity and wants to help us stay pure.  Say Hail Marys until the strong temptation passes.  It may literally take hundreds a day, but it is worth it.

Dormation of the Blessed Virgin Mary_KONRAD von Soest5) Avoid the Occasion of Sin.  What ever leads up to the sinning must be avoided like the plague.  The time, the way and the place are all to be cautiously considered and avoided if they lead to sinning.  Anyone who talks about sin, shows sin or encourages sin is your enemy, not your friend.  St. Jerome said: “Remember that a woman (Eve) drove out the inhabitants of paradise, and that you are not holier than David, stronger than Samson, or wiser than Solomon, who all fell by evil intercourse.”

6) Custody of the Eyes.  Pious Job made a covenant with his eyes that he would not so much as look at a virgin.  Our eyes lead to thoughts that then can lead to actions.  Look away from what will cause lust.

7) Keep busy.  Many saints made vows to never live in idleness.  That is a great idea and allows one to do great things with one’s life.  “Idle hands are the devils workshop”.

8) Hell.  Remember the consequences of past sins and the possibility of being damned forever for these sins.  Meditate on the reality of death, judgement, heaven or hell.  Go over in detail the torture of hell for the instantaneous pleasures obtained through sin.

9) Avoid Depression.  Remember how sad the separation from God feels after sinning.  Remember the guilt the shame and sadness caused by these sins.  Would you like the whole world to be watching you sin?  God, Mary, your guarding angel are watching every detail.  And in the second coming of Jesus, all will be made public.

10) Help other people to stop sinning.  As we try to save our own souls with God’s help, we must also live to save others souls.  It is easier to live a good life if we are helping others live holier lives to.  Be prophets today to tell people sin is still sin and they offend and crucify Our Lord.

May God, Mary and all the saints be our example of a pure and holy life.  We are so fortunate to be traditional Catholics and to have all this help from God to live pure lives.