Saturday, 21 March 2020

Some more prayers for times of peril

Further to the previous post about repentance, the Seven Penitential Psalms are a traditional way of asking God's pardon and mercy. They are available in several places on the internet but here is one produced by the Latin Mass Society.

There are also prayers in the Roman Ritual for times of epidemic which can be found here

There are also indulgences to be gained during this difficult time, see details here.

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

We are well into Lent and hear very little about reparation and repentance during this crisis. Do we think we are all innocent and that Coronavirus is just a little blip in our lives? Perhaps it is a mere blip but the recovery rate is at present bleak with the death rate comparatively less to worry about. 
In the past, before Vatican II, if you asked about pandemics many would identify the finger of God permitting these to shock us out of our blind and deaf state. Are we so certain that God is not permitting Coronavirus to kick us out of our lethargy, hedonism and lack of faith?
Our Lady, via interior locutions, made it known to Fr Stefano Gobbi in her Mother of the Eucharist 1986 message (303) the following:
It can be said that now there is no (public) Eucharist Celebration where sacrilegious Communions are not made.”
It is only Jesus in the Eucharist Who will give the entire Church the strength for a complete renewal.”
In message 374, Be converted and return to the Lord, Our Lady said, “Television is the idol which is spoken about in the Apocalypse constructed to be adored by all nations of the earth, and to which the Evil One gives form and movement so as to become, in his hands, a terrible means of seduction and perversion.”
If you don't believe this, then I suggest you purchase the eye-opening secular book by Dr Aric Sigman, Remotely Controlled, How Television is Damaging Our Lives.
Has God permitted the suspension of Masses through much of the West and all Holy Shrines, because we no longer deserve them? Have they been profaned too, too much? 
The use of TV or Video media (the idol) as a sort of quasi-replacement for Mass is no solution because it puts off repentance and may damage, irretrievably, the desire for a real Mass in the future. 
Let us accept that God has allowed the suspension of Masses until we change and once more deserve them and try not bypass or duck the issue. What we should be doing is going with deep repentance to the Tabernacle and pleading for the resumption of Masses. 
It is a great disappointment to find that the Church is still apparently banging the 'mercy' drum without accompanying it with the much louder 'repentance and penance' drum. Praying to God for the end of Coronavirus is a waste of time without repentance. The world just cannot go on as before with perversion and the culture of death, including the abortion of millions of babies each year which make Coronavirus fade into the margins.
Have we also forgotten the third Secret of Fatima:
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'”
In Lent we should all be reviewing our sinful lives: from the top to the bottom of the Church there appears to be a deathly silence about REPENTANCE AND PENANCE. All we hear is mercy.
If we want God to answer our prayers then there is a high probability that it will be in those nations that perform a national act of repentance, convert and go to Confession. It may take that much and that long.
There is as yet no sign of the Church carrying out Our Lady's wish for ALL the Bishops to consecrate “The World and RUSSIA” to Her Immaculate Heart. Many say that the consecration performed thus far is incomplete. Unfortunately, there is a long way to go before the Church moves onto the right wavelength.
In Italy, especially, where there is a curfew - but people could participate from balconies - there is no reason why priests could not say Mass in the streets using mobile altars, moving from street to street. The priests would be safe and the people blessed by many graces at this time. It would of course mean priests having to say very many Masses!
Come on dear Church, get on your knees, repent and visit your people wherever they are and be not afraid: where has your faith gone? Who do you trust, man or God? If you die, you die for the Lord. Lord help our unbelief!

We should all wear a black ribbon and shame the Church into
leading us in Repentance!
On a positive note, a very good outcome of Coronavirus is that, at a stroke, public sacrilegious Masses, especially those in St Peter's Square in the Vatican, extravagant costly weddings and profane funerals have been deleted from Church life for the time being, or hopefully for ever. Another benefit may be that priests who were previously unable to find the time to learn the Extraordinary Form Mass may now be able to do so and can have plenty of practice in private!
Don't forget in your prayers the front line troops who are in close contact with the Coronavirus - medical staff and dentists, shop staff, cleaners, carers and home helpers, barbers and hairdressers, emergency services, postmen and delivery staff, priests and religious – they are all risking their lives for us in attempting to keep our society functioning. Remember to thank them when you meet them.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Litany of the Saints in Times of Peril

Lord, have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,
Holy Mary, Pray for us. Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
St Michael,
St Gabriel,
St Raphael,
All ye holy Angels and Archangels,
All ye holy orders of blessed Spirits,
St John the Baptist,
St Joseph,
All ye holy Patriarchs and Prophets,
St Peter,
St Paul,
St Andrew,
St James,
St John,
St Thomas,
St James,
St Philip,
St Bartholomew.
St Matthew,
St Simon,
St Thaddeus,
St Matthias,
St Barnabas,
St Luke,
St Mark,
All ye holy Apostles and Evangelists,
All ye holy Disciples of the Lord,
All ye holy Innocents,
St Stephen,
St Lawrence,
St Vincent,
Sts Fabian and Sebastian,
Sts John and Paul,
Sts Cosmas and Damian,
Sts Gervase and Protase,
All ye holy Martyrs,
St Sylvester,
St Gregory, 
St Ambrose,
St Augustine, 
St Jerome,
St Martin,
St Nicolas,
All ye holy Bishops and Confessors,
All ye holy Doctors,
St Antony,
St Benedict,
St Bernard,
St Dominic,
St Francis, 
All ye holy Priests and Levites,
All ye holy monks and hermits,
St Mary Magdalen,
St Agatha,
St Lucy,
St Agnes,
St Cecilia,
St Catherine,
St Anastasia,
All ye holy virgins and widows, 
All ye holy men and women, saints of God, make intercession for us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.
From all evil, O Lord, deliver us. 
From all sin,
From Thy wrath, 
From imminent dangers,
From the scourge of earthquake.
From plague, famine and war,
From sudden and unprovided death,
From the snares of the devil,
From anger, hatred, and all ill will,
From the spirit of fornication,
From lightning and tempest,
From everlasting death,
Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation,
Through Thy coming,
Through Thy nativity,
Through Thy baptism and holy fasting,
Through Thy Cross and Passion,
Through Thy death and burial,
Through Thy holy Resurrection,
Through Thine admirable Ascension,
Through the coming of the Holy Ghost the Comforter,
In the day of judgment, 
We sinners beseech Thee hear us, we beseech Thee, hear us, 
That Thou spare us,
That Thou pardon us,
That Thou wouldst bring us to true penance,
That Thou wouldst govern and preserve Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst preserve our Apostolic Pontiff, and all orders in holy religion,
That Thou wouldst humble the enemies of Thy holy Church,
That Thou wouldst give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes,
That Thou wouldst grant peace and unity to all Christian people,
That Thou wouldst bring back to the unity of the Church all those who are in error, and to lead all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel,
That Thou wouldst confirm and preserve us in Thy holy service,
That Thou wouldst lift up our minds to heavenly desires,
That Thou wouldst render eternal blessings to all our benefactors,
That Thou deliver our souls, and the souls of our brethren, kinsfolk and benefactors, from eternal damnation,
That Thou wouldst give and preserve the fruit of the earth,
That Thou wouldst give eternal rest to all the faithful departed, 
That Thou wouldst graciously hear us,
Son of God, 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. 
Christ hear us, Christ, graciously hear us. 
Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Our Father.. 
O God, take heed and save me; O Lord, make haste to help me.
Disappoint them, put them to the blush, the enemies who plot against my life!
Battled let them go their way, that rejoice at my misfortune:
Slink away in confusion, that crowed over me so loud!
Triumphant joy be theirs who long for Thee; 
Praise to the Lord, be ever their song, who rejoice in Thy saving power.
Thou seest me helpless and destitute; my God help me.
Thou art my champion and my deliverer; Lord do not delay Thy coming

Glory be to the Father...

Save Thy servants, 
Who hope in Thee, O my God. 
Be unto us a tower of strength, O Lord, 
From the face of the enemy.
Let not the enemy prevail against us. 
Nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt us. 
Deal not, O Lord, with us according to our sins. 
Nor requite us according to our iniquities.
Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Francis, 
The Lord preserve him, and give him life, make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. 
Let us pray for our benefactors. 
Vouchsafe, O Lord, for Thy name's sake, to reward with eternal life all them that do us good. Amen.
Let us pray for the faithful departed. 
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. 
Let us pray for those who are absent.
Save Thy servants, who hope in Thee, O my God. 
Send them help, O Lord, from Thy holy place. 
And from Sion protect them.
O Lord, hear my prayer. 
And let my cry come unto Thee.
The Lord be with Thee. 
And with Thy spirit.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Some encouraging thoughts from Cardinal Sarah

Here are some more quotes from Cardinal Sarah's book "The Day Is Now Far Spent". Food for thought as we go into a new year...

Those who have been martyred by Islamism proclaim the "power of powerlessness" in confronting violence... They are models for us, who do not experience bloody persecution. They are also a reproach for all our compromises with the power of lying. They question our middle-class Christianity which proceeds from one compromise to another to avoid any trouble. They tell us with blinding clarity: if Christianity makes its peace with the decadence of the West, the reason is because Christians are not faithful to the essence of their faith.

Blessed are the meek! Woe to the soft and the lukewarm! Christians must reclaim this fine virtue of fortitude that is wedded so well with meekness. They must know that they will always be a sign of contradiction for the world. The Lord did not ask us to have no enemies but to love them.

Christian fortitude must give us the courage to confront fearlessly the contemptuous laughter of the conformists, the media, and the so-called elites. We must re-discover the audacity to brave the secularist inquisition that hands out good conduct certificates to some and stigmatises others from the heights of its self-proclaimed authority. Our reference point is not in this world! We have nothing to do with society's applause; our city is in the heavens! 

It takes a lot of fortitude to be the father or the mother of a family nowadays. It takes true magnanimity, that virtue which drives us to do great things, in order to embark on the adventure of a Christian family. I want to tell all parents that they are the glory of the Church of the twenty-first century: your witness is sometimes a daily martyrdom. You must confront the world when you choose to give life. You must confront the precariousness and the uncertainty of tomorrow. But your mission is great! You bear the hope of the world and of the Church! The smiles and the joy of your children are your most beautiful reward! Stand firm! Cling to the faith! By your fidelity to Christ's teaching about the married couple and the family, by your signs of everyday love, you are sowing seeds of hope. Soon the harvest will spring up.

Christian fortitude is the strength of the truth and the strength of our faith, the strength of God's love, which has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Rom 5:5). Truth is the milieu in which faith and love are experienced authentically. This is why we must create little islands of truth. Each Christian family, each school, each parish must become a little island in which all falsehood is banished, a place where we refuse all compromise with the world's ideology, relativism, and seduction. Human relations must become true and simple again. It is our responsibility to bring the truth everywhere, to occupations, professional, political, and social relations. This is Christian fortitude: rejecting falsehood. The truth will make us free, the truth is our strength!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

The Day Is Now Far Spent

This new book by Robert, Cardinal Sarah, is worth every penny: a jewel and a classic rendering of what it is to be a real Catholic in this world of barbarism.

The following words should be written in the hearts of all Bishops, priests, religious and lay people.

"In Guinea I had to take up the defence of my people against the dictatorship of Sekou Toure. I protested against the violent repression by the enemies of liberty. I do nothing different today in fighting against the enemies of man. No one will silence me! I will defend the true meaning of human freedom to the end. I will never abandon man to the ravings of the enemies of human nature. They threaten us, they tell us: Be quiet, you are losing popularity, you are not well regarded by the media world, you risk losing your faithful.

"I am not here to be popular or to increase the numbers in the churches or on the social networks. The profound love for all my brethren in humanity that animates my soul forbids me to be silent."

Let us follow and support this great Cardinal!

For a start, let us protest against anti-semitism of any kind. The Jews are our brothers and sisters, from whom came forth Jesus Christ. Jesus was crucified by the world of mortal sin and we have no right to blame anyone but ourselves. When you vote, think on this: as the Jews are persecuted, so will we be. 

So in this time of praying for persecuted Christians, we are bound to include our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday at St Walburge's

We joined a full congregation to give worthy remembrance to those who have died in conflict. A Solemn High Requiem Mass was said at the war memorial altar, followed by the reading of the names of members of the parish who died in the two world wars. A huge catafalque was situated at the front of the sanctuary which was incensed at the end of the Mass.

Photo by Michael Durnan

Organ donation

At this time of the Government intending to introduce an opt-out policy for organ donations, as is the case in Wales, perhaps we should revisit the review of Dr Mike Williams on this subject, posted on this blog last year:

In your final decision for which a website is quoted below, remember death in scientific terms has not been rigidly defined and it is possible that you will be still alive when organs are removed: smacks of hanging, drawing and quartering.

To register your decision regarding organ donation go to