Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Prayer To St. Michael Explained
And more...

Joyfully stolen from The German Egyptian via Let the Welking Ring; (Emphasis mine)
On October 13th, 1884, Pope Leo XIII had a remarkable vision. When the aged Pontiff had finished celebrating Mass in his private Vatican chapel, attended by a few Cardinals and members of the Vatican staff, he suddenly stopped at the foot of the altar. He stood there for about ten minutes, as if in a trance, his face ashen white. Then, going immediately from his chapel to his office, he composed the prayer to St Michael, with instructions it be said after all Low Masses everywhere. When asked what had happened, he explained that, as he was about to leave the foot of the altar, he suddenly heard voices – two voices, one kind and gentle, the other guttural and harsh. They seemed to come from near the tabernacle. As he listened, he heard the following conversation:

The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”

The gentle voice of the Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”

Satan: "To do so, I need more time and more power.”

Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?”

Satan: 75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”

Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.”

That was Pope Leo's vision in 1884. Satan said that he needed between 75 and 100 years. 75 years onto 1884 brings us to 1959 (incidentally, the year of my ordination!) and in the January of that year Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council. Just about the first thing to come from the deliberations of the Council Fathers, which began in earnest in 1963, was the abandonment in 1964 of the Leonine Prayers, the prayers at the end of Mass which called St Michael to the aid of the Church on earth.

In the years from 1959 to 1984, judge for yourselves whether Satan has kept his promise to destroy the Lord’s Church. Of course, the Lord’s Church can never be destroyed altogether. But, ask yourself, if you are old enough to remember, were parish churches fuller in 1984 (and since) than in 1959? What happened to parish societies, like the SVP and the Legion of Mary, in that time? Has the Church been more united in worship? Are we more united in doctrine than ever before, or is everyman his own Pope now?

One particular loss of belief which we have suffered is the belief in Satan and his awful army of devils who seek to destroy our spiritual life with God. I love to say the Leonine Prayers whenever I can, and I hope and pray that some day they will be re-instated at the end of every Mass which is celebrated.
And we've gone from this -

To this -

To this -

The ObaMessiah giving an alleged blessing at the once-Catholic University of Notre Dame.

Oh yeah... things have gotten soooo much better, haven't they?
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle, be our safeguard and protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperat illi Deus; supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae coelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen


Blogger TCN said...

The priest leads us in the Leonine prayers after the TLM every day here. It's coming, if slowly, back to the way it should be, folks. The wheel turns, but slowly.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

There cannot be any greater contrast shown.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Re: the second picture

They have raised their hands in surrender.

11:30 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Old habits die hard.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...

Yet a little while and the wicked will be no more; though you look well at his place, he will not be there.

Psalm 37:10

10:08 PM  
Blogger tuleesh said...

You can add the rise of the multi-cultural church to that list of divisiveness. That is the "fill in the blank with an ethnicity-catholic" church.

It's one thing to be a Christ-centered church with the Mass said in a language other than English or Latin. It's quite another to emphasize culture over the primacy of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

6:32 PM  

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