Thursday, November 19, 2009

Can't Say I'm Much Of An Opera Fan
But I'd see this one

Helmet tip to my friend Helen in NY. As she said in her e-mail to me concerning the below video; (And this video's enough to make you weep.)
"True "Feminists" bravely face guillotine during terror-filled French Revolution. Their voices silenced one by one. Small wonder that La Belle France hasn't been much of a fighting force since "Liberte, Fraternite, Egalite'...for what?"

For those unfamiliar with the prayer being sung, here it is -
Latin Text

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus
exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

Traditional English Translation (North America):

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V./ Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
R./ that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
This opera is based on the actual events that took place during the Reign of Terror otherwise known as the French Revolution. Here is some background information from New;
The Sixteen Blessed Teresian Martyrs of Compiègne

Guillotined at the Place du Trône Renversé (now called Place de la Nation), Paris, 17 July, 1794. They are the first sufferers under the French Revolution on whom the Holy See has passed judgment, and were solemnly beatified 27 May, 1906. Before their execution they knelt and chanted the "Veni Creator", as at a profession, after which they all renewed aloud their baptismal and religious vows. The novice was executed first and the prioress last. Absolute silence prevailed the whole time that the executions were proceeding. The heads and bodies of the martyrs were interred in a deep sand-pit about thirty feet square in a cemetery at Picpus. As this sand-pit was the receptacle of the bodies of 1298 victims of the Revolution, there seems to be no hope of their relics being recovered. Their names are as follows:

Madeleine-Claudine Ledoine (Mother Teresa of St. Augustine), prioress, b. in Paris, 22 Sept., 1752, professed 16 or 17 May, 1775;

Marie-Anne (or Antoinette) Brideau (Mother St. Louis), sub-prioress, b. at Belfort, 7 Dec., 1752, professed 3 Sept, 1771;

Marie-Anne Piedcourt (Sister of Jesus Crucified), choir-nun, b. 1715, professed 1737; on mounting the scaffold she said "I forgive you as heartily as I wish God to forgive me";

Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (Sister Charlotte of the Resurrection), sacristan, b. at Mouy, 16 Sept., 1715, professed 19 Aug., 1740, twice sub-prioress in 1764 and 1778. Her portrait is reproduced opposite p. 2 of Miss Willson's work cited below;

Marie-Antoniette or Anne Hanisset (Sister Teresa of the Holy Heart of Mary), b. at Rheims in 1740 or 1742, professed in 1764;

Marie-Françoise Gabrielle de Croissy (Mother Henriette of Jesus), b. in Paris, 18 June, 1745, professed 22 Feb., 1764, prioress from 1779 to 1785;

Marie-Gabrielle Trézel (Sister Teresa of St. Ignatius), choir-nun, b. at Compiègne, 4 April, 1743, professed 12 Dec., 1771;

Rose-Chrétien de la Neuville, widow, choir-nun (Sister Julia Louisa of Jesus), b. at Loreau (or Evreux), in 1741, professed probably in 1777;

Anne Petras (Sister Mary Henrietta of Providence), choir-nun, b. at Cajarc (Lot), 17 June, 1760, professed 22 Oct., 1786.

Concerning Sister Euphrasia of the Immaculate Conception accounts vary. Miss Willson says that her name was Marie Claude Cyprienne Brard, and that she was born 12 May, 1736; Pierre, that her name was Catherine Charlotte Brard, and that she was born 7 Sept., 1736. She was born at Bourth, and professed in 1757;

Marie-Geneviève Meunier (Sister Constance), novice, b. 28 May, 1765, or 1766, at St. Denis, received the habit 16 Dec., 1788. She mounted the scaffold singing "Laudate Dominum". In addition to the above, three lay sisters suffered and two tourières.

The lay sisters are:

Angélique Roussel (Sister Mary of the Holy Ghost), lay sister, b. at Fresnes, 4 August, 1742, professed 14 May, 1769;

Marie Dufour (Sister St. Martha), lay sister, b. at Beaune, 1 or 2 Oct., 1742, entered the community in 1772;

Julie or Juliette Vérolot (Sister St. Francis Xavier), lay sister, b. at Laignes or Lignières, 11 Jan., 1764, professed 12 Jan., 1789.

The two tourières, who were not Carmelites at all, but merely servants of the nunnery were: Catherine and Teresa Soiron, b. respectively on 2 Feb., 1742 and 23 Jan., 1748 at Compiègne, both of whom had been in the service of the community since 1772.

The opera itself was based on the novelette "The Song at the Scaffold" by Gertrud Von Le Fort, who wrote it in 1931 five years after converting to Catholicism. At that time she was considered Germany's most influential Catholic poet and novelist.
(retrieved from

I have also found this article on;
...16 Carmelite nuns, consecrated to the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ, and daily offering themselves in holocaust to restore peace to France and to her Christian church, found themselves condemned to death on July 17 as “enemies of the people” for “annihilating public freedom”.

The execution of Sister Constance, the first to die

Sister Constance, in a panic so shortly before for not having finished her office, is summoned by the prioress and confidently approaches. Reports are that all panic was suddenly gone. Fully conscious that her vows had at last been pronounced and that she was indeed dying as a professed Carmelite, she seems transfigured by the life-giving Spirit just invoked. She kneels at her prioress’s feet, her first and last act of submission as a professed Carmelite. A final maternal blessing is given and the tiny clay image of the Virgin and Child, cupped in the prioress’s palm, is proferred to this youngest daughter for a last kiss.

Head humbly bowed, Sister Constance, asks in a clear, young voice:

“Permission to die, Mother?”
“Go, my daughter!”

It is reported that it was after rising from her knees to face the machine, and as she started up the steps of the scaffold, that Sister Constance intoned the first line of the psalm, Laudate Dominum omnes gentes. It was the psalm sung by Saint Teresa of Avila at the foundation of a new Carmel… Now, 190 years later, in that same city where Christian civilization seemed to be in its death throes as the old order collapsed, the familiar verses, spontaneously begun by Sister Constance at the foot of the guillotine, were taken up by the surprised nuns “with greater fervor than harmony.”

By the way, don't kid yourselves. If militant atheistic secularists, especially those of the homosexual variety had it their way, all faithful Catholics would be executed as “enemies of the people” for “annihilating public freedom”.


Blogger Coffee Catholic said...

I try not to be the paranoid type but I can't help but see that as more and more secular God-haters gain more and more power in the courts and in our government there *is* going to be much more severe persecution of Christians, especially Catholics.

Maybe we won't see outright executions of Catholics but there'll be other ways to try and tear us down ~ such as taking our kids away from us and making us unemployable due to rap sheets full of "homophobic hate crimes"...

This is why I'm so determined to homeschool my kids and to instill in their precious hearts a love for Jesus Christ and His Church just in case I should lose them... maybe they won't lose the Faith even if they are taken away from their "religious extremist" parents.

That's what I see coming: a wholesale attack on our children via the courts through "social services" ~ with us being given the choice of putting our kids through secular brainwashing about homosexual sex, abortion, birth control, etc. or having them taken away. A fate that would be far worse then execution!!!!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Glad to hear that you USMC types wept. Us USA guys did, too.

Note the 'crucifixus' poses held by the women......

3:08 PM  
Blogger Hail3N1 said...

We should all be so brave and faith filled as these martyrs! What seeds of faith have they planted for us.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Tancred said...

It's a good opera for conservative types like us, but I always wondered why the NY Liberal also likes this kind of thing. Perhaps it's like their penchant for Gothic Churches and Byzantine mosaics.

9:10 PM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...


9:55 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Ah the French Revolution and its paganistic secularism. Martyrdom of many good Catholics. Another gift from the Eldest (Harlot) Daughter of the Church.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

I must correct a comment in my previous post. The secularism was atheistic, not paganistic. And now we may get to see what an officially entrenched atheism/agnosticism will do to our secular American society, thanks to the likes of Richard Dawkins, James Watson, Christopher Hitchens, E. O. Wilson, et. al.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Al said...

Of course there were a few changes in the Opera from the real events, got to have the extra drama. But still, it does send a message. & part of that message is 1 that is not welcome in the LCWR gang (like Sinsinawa) of faithfulness to God & the teachings of the Catholic Church.

PS Glad to see you are notching up the class a bit in the Cave, even if it is a French Opera & not an Italiano 1. ;)

11:26 PM  
Blogger JLS said...

Richard Dawkins, James Watson, Christopher Hitchens: These people come up short with their thought. It is very simple to defeat their arguments ... I was able to do it logically at age ten.

There is nothing the matter with imagining all sorts of stuff, but the end is always that there was a beginning other than for the one who always exists. What is so difficult in understanding this elementary and simple fact. It's not even a theory, but a fact, because it is obvious to the intellect, even of a child.

9:26 PM  

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