December 2012 (advent12.htm)

In the aftermath of the elections, His Excellency Bishop Mark Pivarunas, CMRI files his Letter from the November Adsum in which he points out that in the bigger scope of things, even if the election had gone another way, it still would not have solved anything for the solution does not lie with politicians or secular authorities. No, because it is a spiritual problem, and the only answers that can be found will be found with God, but we need to help Him by being faithful to our prayer life and making sacrifices as Our Lady asks if we are to effect in anyway the hearts and souls of those who have been inundated with sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance and are the lost sheep for the apostate church of Vatican 2 has abdicated any authority and left the masses as prey to the world, the flesh and the devil. In this time of Advent His Excellency's counsel is so timely for we have so little time to prepare and so much to prepare for and We need to Amend. Amen!

John Gregory has provided Father Leo George Haydock's cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The First Sunday of Advent, the very first day of the new Liturgical Year begins the one-year cycle anew picking up with the apocalyptic warning Christ echoed in the Last Sunday of Pentecost's Gospel and Epistle. With the world, especially America ignoring the Scriptures of "not rioting and drunknenness," "not in chambering and impurities, not in contention and envy" should we follow the PC police and policies or Christ? That is a no-brainer to those who take their Faith seriously. Have we not seen the signs? There have been signs and we fail to see what they mean as the rest of the world goes merrily on its way toward perdition. Today's Gospel and Epistle forewarns us and yet so many opt to be politically correct rather than Christ-correct! Unless we "put on Christ" in all we do, we had better be prepared to put on an asbestos suit for we're going to need it when "the powers of Heaven shall be moved" and many will realize it's too late. For those who have clothed themselves in the armor of Faith and grace, there will be nothing to fear for "the kingdom of God is at hand" as indicated in the Haydock Commentary, Don't say we weren't warned

Chapter Eleven of the revelations and prophesies of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, she is visited by Saint Agnes whose words of praise and blessing to the glorious Virgin Mary herself are inspiring as Agnes shows Bridget how she implores the Blessed Mother for her, in reminding Mary of the good lord and the poor little woman whom the lord granted good things to because of her loyalty, charity and sacrifice. Our Lady replies with the metaphor that souls are well protected by the angels who number ten-fold to every human and they prepare a great banquet in Heaven, here represented by a mountain, where the the souls are the delicious morsels prepared in the cooking pot which represents the world and the fire and ashes heating it are those friends of the world. Because they will be discarded, but those souls who are meant for the heavenly banquet will be preserved if thoroughly prepared in love to be presented to the Lord of Hosts, King of Kings. Angels are your best insurance

Today is the feast of the first Doctor of the Church in the liturgical year to be so honored. He is Saint Peter Chrysologus who was born at the turn of the 5th Century in Italy and, like his predecessor colleagues in the great academy of Doctors, strove with his every breath and magnificent oratory skills to uphold and preserve the Sacred Fidei Depositum. He had no fear in taking on the deceiving Monophysite heresy that, in the aftermath of the Arian heresy, threatened to wrent the Church asunder once more, but he confronted the chief heretic Eutyches himself and won the day. So great was St. Peter Chrysologus' eloquence in conveying the Faith in all its beauty and simplicity that he is remembered, even though less than 200 of his sermons have survived the annals of history, as Doctor of Homilies

Today we begin the nine-day Novena leading to the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe next Wednesday. Her miraculous Image on the tilma is the Gospel in picture form. She is the Immaculate Conception, as the Apocalypse describes, "a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet." Those who saw it realized immediately she is greater than the sun, moon, stars which they had worshipped as gods. For people today in what is called the "New Age" she is also a sign not to worship the "forces" of nature. But she herself is not a goddess. She has her hands folded in prayer, her eyes looking down to humility. To whom is she praying? The clue is in the brooch under her neck. It has a small cross. But she is not only praying to God, she has God within her to the peoples of the Americas. You can see the compassion in the face of the Blessed Virgin. Hearing her tender message and gazing on this picture lesson of Catholicism, it is easy to understand that the Mother of Jesus is our Mother also! See Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

In Book Four, Chapter Twelve of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Blessed Virgin Mary speaks to the daughter about the vicissitudes of God's friends in this world, who are at times spiritually distressed and at other times comforted, and about the meaning of spiritual distress and comfort, and about how God's friends must rejoice and be comforted in their time for the sheep must be lead in the right direction and only through the discipline during these times can they truly realize how valuable the Holy Ghost is in providing spiritual consolation so that they can all the more appreciate the trustworthiness of the Good Shepherd. Spiritual Consolation gets us through those times of distress

In Book Four, Chapter Thirteen of the Revelations and Prophesies of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ speaks to the bride as to which tears are acceptable to God and which are not, and about what kind of alms should be requested or given to the poor for the sake of departed souls, and she hears the advice Jesus imparts that we should all emulate in touching souls and following St. Paul's words in 2 Timothy 4: 2,5 "Preach the word: be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat, rebuke in all patience and doctrine...But be thou vigilant, labor in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry. Be sober." This essentially is Our Lord's counsel and exhortation to the bride in Persevere with vigilance

The Holy Doctor of the Church Saint Ambrose was the first to migrate from the north, the Rhineland area of Trier and settled in Milan, Italy where he cast away a lucrative career as a lawyer and politician to accept the people's acclaim as their Bishop. He ruled in holiness and justice and was responsible for converting and nurturing Saint Augustine among thousands of converts. Together they fought vigorously against the Arian heresy towards the end of the 4th century. Unlike the pansy conciliar 'bishops' of today, and, sadly, the slow-to-respond true bishops within the Traditional movement of holy Mother Church, Ambrose stood strong against the heretics and even the emperor for he was not ashamed of proclaiming Christ's truths nor was he afraid of offending anyone if they offended God. What we need today are men with the backbone of St. Ambrose to stand against the usurpers, to cry out "You are false shepherds, begone! Bring back the true Faith to the starving, depleted, scattered flocks." He was a unifier. Is there anyone who will step forward and truly unite Catholics once more against the heresies so rampant today? This pagan-born soul who became St. Ambrose, known by many as Converter of Saints

The Haydock Commentary from Father George Leo Haydock found in many Douay-Rheims Bibles and provided to us by John Gregory, illustrates on this Double of the First Class Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary how from all eternity God had chosen the most pure daugher of Anne and Joachim as the Immaculate Ark of the Covenant. This confirmation comes directly from God via His Archangel Gabriel in the Gospel of St. Luke and is all the more stunning since Mary is truly a virgin, at the time of her conception through her Assumption she remains forever ever virgin, ever pure, ever Immaculate as we see in the commentary for this Holyday, From All Eternity From all Eternity

It is a sad fact that the most apostate council in the history of the Church closed on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perhaps it is also a signal that Our Lady had had enough of the heresy promulgated in the various documents and the revolution that the council promulgated. While we commisserate the 47 years since its conclusion, we should remember that December 8 is a very special day in the United States - a Holy Day of Obligation - in which Americans honor the Patroness of our country - the Mother of God, immaculately conceived in St. Anne's womb. A reminder: Catholics everywhere are to do all in their power to avoid servile work (save for necessary duties such as a job, etc.) and to not shop on this day. For those who cannot attend a Traditional Mass, we encourage you to pray the Proper of the Holy Mass to the left at home with your family as well as the Holy Rosary. If you think fulfilling your obligation will be fulfilled by attending a novus ordo service, you are gravely mistaken and might as well attend the protestant service down the street, which, as most know, will thankfully be closed anyway. So honor Our Lady and her Divine Son by worthily praying at home unless you can attend the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Pray that the counterfeit church of conciliarism will soon collapse since it is not of God and cannot last as Jesus defines in St. Matthew 7: 13-20. Let us pray that souls will be given the grace to truly see this "mystery of iniquity" satan has worked and which St. Paul warned us of in 2 Thessalonians 2. Pray they'll return to the true Immemorial Mass of All Ages with its salvific sanctifying graces manifested in the Traditional Liturgy. For a reminder of what Vatican 2 has wrought, see The Great Apostasy

John Gregory has provided Father Leo George Haydock's cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for the Second Sunday of Advent expresses hope for all in both the Epistle where St. Paul speaks of patience in persevering for Christ and in the Gospel where our Lord manifests to St. John the Baptist's disciples that Jesus is indeed the Messias Whom the Baptist has strived to make way the path for in his preaching. Christ proves this through the prophecies of the Old Testament, specifically the prophet Isaias who foretold the "Root of Jesse" and affirming St. John the Baptist as a prophet as the immediate Precursor of the Messias. In fact, Our Lord reveals that His cousin in prison is "More Than A Prophet"

In Book Four, Chapter Fourteen of the Revelations and Prophesies of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Jesus imparts to the bride the comforting words to quell her fear, telling her not to be afraid of what she has seen and heard, because it comes from the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, as He illustrates how the devil can be symbolized by a snake and a lion, the consolation of the Holy Ghost as symbolized by a tongue, and Christ shows how to resist the devil by thrusting divine charity at the fangs of the serpent and the sharp teeth of a lion. The adversary will flee out of fear of having their teeth shattered, something we can hope and pray for so that they will no longer be able to devour. Keeping our tonque silent or moving in prayer and praise is the best way of How to silence satan

In Book Four, Chapter Fifteen of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ speaks to the bride about why the good suffer in this life while the bad prosper, and how God shows her through a parable that He sometimes promises temporal goods but that these should be taken to mean spiritual goods. He explains why God has not predicted every single event to happen at particular times, although all times and seasons are known to Him and that He makes these things known as He sees fit through carnal measures so that man can better understand the heavenly treasures that await those who understand, are patient and willing to suffer whatever He deigns out of love for Him. God has a method to His 'madness'

Perhaps the United States and Mexico, and all of Central and South America would not be in the clutches of corruption and communism today had things been different in the 1870's and 1880's had America not have collaborated with establishing the Statue of Liberty, a definitive symbol of the French Revolution. But then things would have been quite different had Martin Luther, Henry VIII and the French Revolution never have succeeded in the destruction they wrought as well. What would have been the outcome of such possibilities? Perhaps as God ordained. Perhaps had they realized that Christ established one Church and no other or branches, they would have erected a massive statue in New York Harbor to Our Lady of the Americas: Our Lady of Guadalupe to symbolize the message Heaven was sending: to follow the humble example of Juan Diego. "Unless you become as a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven." Think of what might have been: Peace and harmony throughout the western hemisphere because of fidelity to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in establishing the Social Kingship of Jesus and the Queenship of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. God tried. He sent His only-begotten Son to free those trapped in Abraham's bosom; then when His new "chosen people" turned from Him, He sent His Own Mother to the New World. Still we have not learned. Thus we have been left to our own miserable fallen human natures which has brought out the worst in men with turmoil everywhere; drug cartels rule the roost in Mexico; immorality reigns supreme in the U.S. while the sickle and hammer suffocates almost all of Sud America. This is not God's ordaining will, but rather His permitting will. He permits the "operation of error to believe a lie" so that man will decide his own fate. We've done this to ourselves, but it is never too late to turn back to God, to repent and amend our lives as Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey implores in his two-piece essay in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

In Book Four, Chapter Sixteen of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Blessed Virgin Mary tells the daughter how the devil often cunningly leads one and another of God's servants beneath the veil of devotion in order to cause them distress, and to which people indulgences are granted. It regards a tax collector to whom St. Bridget provided hospitality and the Blessed Mother cautions her of the cunningness of the devil. Mary uses the simile of a goose to magnificently illustrate how the Church is constituted and a hen to symbolize God, where He only protects those eggs who seek His warmth as she explains which people deserve to be called God's little chickens. God wants His chickens to come Home to roost

In Book Four, Chapter Seventeen of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Saint Agnes returns to impart an excellent instruction to the daughter on the merits of living in a good and praiseworthy fashion, and the vital importance of avoiding a bad life that would be displeasing to God. A carriage symbolizes here fortitude and patience; its four wheels symbolize these four virtues: the complete surrender of everything for God's sake, humility, loving God wisely, and restraining the flesh discerningly. Certain other things are also added about members of religious orders. Wheels are round for a reason

In Book Four, Chapter Eighteen of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, she lavishes the Blessed Virgin Mary with praise and then Our Lady relates the symbolism of St. John the Baptist as obedience, St. Peter as faithfulness and St Paul as patience. The Blessed Mother instructs that her words are not meant only for Bridget but for all her children as God so wishes to build a foundation for the stool, so to speak, is held up by the legs of these holy virtues personified by said saints. In this way God's holy and immaculate Ark of the Covenant grants Bridget, bride of Christ, many graces as well as many other good things both from herself and from the apostles and saints. Pegging the three pegs

In the midst of Advent we take time to rejoice as we say several times during the holy Sacrifice of the Mass Gaudete; something that gives us hope just as it inflamed the hearts of those hearing St. John the Baptist to repent for the Lord was nigh. The Haydock Commentary for the Third Sunday of Advent, provided by John Gregory, expresses joy for all in both the Epistle where St. Paul speaks of the attributes of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Repentant Prayer, Adoration, Petition and Thanksgiving in preparation for the Lord and in the gospel of St. John, his namesake the Baptist, when grilled by the Jews, confounds them by not identifying Who the Lord is by name, but by the Old Testament prophecies and when interrogated as to who the Baptist is he answers with what Isaias foretold as "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" in The Voice of the Precursor

In fully observing the holy Season of Advent, we begin during Ember Week the "O Antiphons", a tradition long observed by holy Mother Church since the eighth century. Said in the Office for the day, they are derived from various titles of Christ and scripturally based short prayers said from the 17th through the 23rd of December by which the Church expresses her deep longing for the coming of the Messiah. In addition, we present the expanded special additional prayers each day, counting down to the Nativity of our Savior of the Christmas Novena Prayer to be said in conjunction with the Christmas Novena Prayer "Hail and blessed be the hour... to obtain favors if one's requests are in accordance with God's will. It is believed that whoever recites the prayer below with a pious heart 15 times a day from November 30th to December 25th, will obtain whatever is asked. For these prayers in preparation for the Nativity of Our Lord, see O Antiphons

O God and Savior of our souls, sweet Infant Jesus, Whom the angels and shepherds adored in the stable of Bethlehem on that holy night when Thou wert born of the Virgin Mary. We offer Thee our profound adoration and our most earnest thanksgiving for having become man for our redemption and salvation. Grant that we may apply all our powers in fulfill Thy gracious designs, that we may become perfectly renewed in heart, and inflamed with Thy holy love.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Nineteen of the Revelations and Prophesies of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, she venerates the Mother of God with the highest praise of Our Lady's virtue and beauty, and the Blessed Virgin Mary's answer confirms St. Bridget's praise, calling to mind the source of all beauty comes from true Beauty, God Himself, and then Mary's divine Son affirms both the bride and His Immaculate Mother's words and makes a magnificent comparison to Mary as a goldsmith crafting the most beautiful object possible. All that glitters is gold

    O WISDOM,Who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: COME, and teach us the way of prudence. Amen.
O Merciful Redeemer, Who didst vouchsafe to remain in the chaste cloister of Mary's womb, hidden and unknown, though Thou wast the Eternal Word, and the Wisdom of the Father. O Grant that we may learn from Thee to love solitude and silence, and escape the evils that are found in the tumult and distractions of the world; grant us greater purity of mind and heart; grant that we may glorify Thee, and edify others by our purity and modesty.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Twenty of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the pure lamb of a saint Saint Agnes returns yet again with a lesson to the daughter about not relapsing into old habits, but also cautions on not taking on such a schedule of austerity and prayer life that it would become a burden for satan works to dishearten even the most devout souls in bidding them to despair. St. Agnes compares God to an eagle Who can see from a perspective we cannot and He can detect and protect us from the dangers that lurk in our path from the deadly serpent to the sharp spikes of the world, the flesh and the devil. God will protect us as an eagle protects her young. And we must trust Him to swoop in and do what is right for us according to His divine Will. Keep an eagle-eye out for the devil's wiles

    O LORD AND RULER of the House of Israel, Who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: COME, and redeem us with outstretched arms. Amen
O Infant God, Who, from the moment of Thy conception in holy Mary's womb, didst offer Thyself to Thine Eternal Father for the salvation of our souls. O vouchsafe, to give us a lively sense of the one thing necessary, so that we may labor zealously for others, and work out our own salvation in fear and trembling, yet with confidence in Thy love.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-one of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the bride's words to God concern His virtue and splendor. In response the Blessed Virgin Mary provides a consoling answer to the daughter how God's good servants should not stop preaching and admonishing people, whether the people convert or not; the Virgin shows this by means of a comparison that He will reward those who proclaim His name and word to all they meet, which justifies traditional apostolates to continue extolling the truths and traditions of holy Mother Church and exposing the charlatans of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Never stop preaching the truth

    O ROOT OF JESSE, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: COME, to deliver us and tarry not. Amen
O Sweetest Jesus, Who didst go up to Bethlehem in the womb of Mary, to obey the command of Caesar, who had ordered all his subjects to be enrolled. O grant us grace to obey with alacrity the most arduous commands from those who hold Thy place over us.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-two of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, Christ conjectures how, if it were possible for God to regret, which it is not, He would regret creating man for the ungrateful human has sought to forge his own path regardless of God's will. Jesus laments how human malice in modern times surpasses the cunning of the devil, and about how people are now quicker to sin than the devil is to tempt, and he provides the sentence pronounced against such people, and how God's friends should labor with courage and haste in their preaching; also, He shares how He imparts the infusion of knowledge in God's friends. He also indicates that even in Bridget's time the Holy See was not vigilant and the light of truth growing dimmer until today we see it is totally eclipsed. Thank God that God's merciful

    O KEY OF DAVID and Sceptre of the House of Israel, Who opens and no man shuts, Who shuts and no man opens: COME, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.
O Most Adorable Jesus, Who, upon Thine arrival at Bethlehem, wast rejected by all men. O grant us to follow Thine example in sufferings and contempt, that we may welcome Thee joyfully into our hearts, when Thou seekest an entrance there, either by holy inspirations or by Thy Divine Sacraments.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-three of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, she hears the holy St. John the Evangelist conversing with the glorious Blessed Virgin Mary about a mere sinful hypocrite, and then Our Lady's answer to the beloved disciple before she addresses Bridget regarding a certain Cistercian priest's characteristics as she describes the devil's deceptions toward this man who had been in apostasy for 18 years, and what happened to him. Our Lady describes how the good spirit is recognized by seven signs and the bad spirit can also be discerned by as many contrasting signs. Seven Up: Good; Seven Down: Bad

    O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice: COME, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. Amen.
O Divine Infant, Who, when excluded from Bethlehem, didst inspire Thy holy Mother to retire to a poor and wretched stable, in which obscure and humble place it was Thy will to be born, in order to confound our pride, and to teach us humility. O grant that henceforward, conforming ourselves to Thy will, we may renounce all pomp and pride, and become truly meek and humble of heart.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

In Book Four, Chapter Twenty-four of the Prophesies and Revelations of the holy mystic St. Bridget of Sweden, the Blessed Virgin Mary speaks to her daughter on the proper way God's servants should behave toward impatient people, as Our Lady likens pride to the process of brewing beer or making wine in a vat which boils and steams, then foams up to release the heat. Patient souls will wait it out and recognize what is happening without raising a stink, whereas impatient ones will react impulsively because they do not understand God's impeccable still for preparing spirits and souls. Why Patience is a Virtue

    O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: COME, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth. Amen.
O Divine Word, Who for the love of us, Thy poor creatures, wast pleased to be born under the most lowly roof to be wrapped in the meanest swaddling-bands, and to be laid in a vile manger, amongst beasts, and to suffer a thousand evils. O grant that we also may renounce all worldly vanities, and embrace poverty of spirit, and mortification of the flesh, so necessary for our perfection. Grant that we may be thoroughly detached from creatures, and poor in all things save in Thy love and Thy grace.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

This special feature is provided by John Gregory with the Haydock Commentary found at the bottom of each page of the Douay-Rheims Bible. With the type so small in most bibles, we publish it here in larger type in conjunction with the Epistle and Gospel for the Sunday Mass with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for the Fourth Sunday of Advent lays out the expectations of the great Light in the darkness Who will redeem man as has been foretold with the immediate precursor of the Messias being St. John the Baptist proclaiming the Lord by being the Voice of one crying in the wilderness in fulfilling the prophecy of Isaias that "all flesh shall see salvation" by alerting the world to pray and repent, to "make straight His paths." A manifestation that God depends on man for cooperation in abiding by His holy will as can be seen in this Sunday's Commentary "Make Straight His Paths"

    O EMMANUEL, God with us, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: COME, to save us, O Lord our God. Amen.
O Divine Savior, O King of peace, Who wast pleased to make Thine appearance amongst us when the whole world was in peace. O vouchsafe to send us Thy peace, so that all our powers being brought into subjection to Thee, Thou mayest at the approaching solemnity, be born anew into our souls.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

When Mary, the mother of Jesus, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost

O Divine Savior, O King of immortal glory, Who, in Thy great mercy, didst come into the world to redeem us and to make us holy. O grant that, denying all ungodliness and love of this world, we may live soberly in ourselves, justly toward our neighbor, and piously before Thee, that so we may be happy with Thee for all eternity.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

John Gregory has provided Father Leo George Haydock's cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. For the Solemnity of the Nativity Fr. Haydock provides commentary for all three Epistles and Gospels in expressing the hope and joy of this most wonderful feast that marks the birth of the promised Savior foretold in the Old Testament as he posits the importance of His natitivy chronicled in the Gospel of St. Luke for the first two Masses of Christmas and then a most familiar Gospel, better known to every Catholic, or at least traditional Catholics as the "Last Gospel" for it is the beginning of St. John's Gospel with "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" and in verse 14, "And the Word was made flesh" ("Verbum caro factum est") and dwelt among us." It is left to St. Paul in the three Epistles for this holiest of days when three Masses can be said to share how He dwelt among us and why He came as we see in this Haydock Commentary, Hosanna in the Highest

Also special inspiration for Christmas by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey

So many have misinterpreted the Twelve Days of Christmas with a secular meaning, but they fail to realize that, in fact, they were a "secret catechism code" sung by persecuted Roman Catholics from the Protestant Reformation through the French Revolution. It was their way of communicating their faith much in the same manner the early Christians did with symbols such as the fish. The first day is a given since Christmas Day is the first day of Christmas and the "Partridge in a pear tree" represents... More on the True meaning

The two turtledoves represent the Old and New Testaments - the Word of God which over the years has been so watered down by "interpretations and political correctness" that often it loses its true meaning and must be properly discerned through the Church's reliance on the Holy Ghost. Contrary to so much syncretistic novelties and concessions to the Jews, while the Old Covenant is treasured by Holy Mother Church for its roots, the New Covenant established by Christ takes priority and reinforces the meaning and fulfillment of the Old Testament and there have been countless saints who were martyred for standing by the New Testament in fulfillment of God's holy Will with St. Stephen being the first. For more on the Day Two on the True Meaning

John Gregory with the cogent comprehensive Catholic Commentary penned by Father George Leo Haydock on the Douay-Rheims version of the New Testament. The commentary for the Double of the Second Class Feast of St. John the Evangelist reveals in the beloved disciple's own Gospel that Christ indicated to him and to Peter, and quite possibly the other Apostles, that John was to be preserved from a violent death for Our Lord had other plans for John, thus symbolized by the eagle as an indication of soaring to greater heights in God's overall plan of salvation. Represented by the Eagle

The three French hens represent the Three theological Virtues of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY which enabled Catholics to stay in the state of grace by practicing and promulgating these vital virtues when the sacraments were not readily available. So also today when, because of the plethora of aberrations in the Novus Ordo rite and the novelties and modernist novelties that exist everywhere, the sacraments are not readily available either and so Traditional Catholics must reinforce in their thoughts, words and deeds these theological virtues. In the face of the warped logic of conciliar catholics and their empty resolutions all void of defense by the infallible, perennial Magisterium of the Church, it takes great fortitude, patience and, yes, charity. Faith and Hope spur Traditional Catholics on just as Traditional Catholics were encouraged in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. For more, see Day Three on the True Meaning

The four calling birds represent the four Gospels where truly the Word of God through Jesus and His life for all of us to emulate was recorded. Since Catholics were not allowed to keep bibles or preach during those times, they reinforced others through the song to read the Gospels in private and live it, and not to subscribe to the altered version known as the King James Bible, but to remain true to the Latin Vulgate translated by the great Doctor of the Church Saint Jerome. Those who were caught were often persecuted and executed, much like those Holy Innocents slaughtered by Herod, those little ones who we honor today For more, see Day Four on the True Meaning
  • Wholly Innocent Inspiration for the Feast of the Holy Innocents by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey

The five golden rings represent both the first Five Books of the Old Testament or the Pentatuch which reminded fellow Catholics of the roots and, after the devotion became more widespread and known, the Five Decades of the Rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rosary was given to St. Dominic to fight heresy and few were as brave as St. Thomas a Becket in standing up to his King because he believed in a greater King to whom Thomas' earthly king had to be subjective to and rule in accordance with God's holy Will or face the consequences. The temporal consequences for Thomas were tragic, but his eternal consequences have been heavenly. We should study his life for we too may confront just such choices eventually in our own lives and the question is: Will we choose the same path Thomas did? For more, see Day Five on the True Meaning

The six geese a-laying represent the six days God took to create the earth, the universe, and all creatures. It was a way for all Catholics to remind fellow faithful and be reminded that, despite persecution, they were not second-class citizens but rather first-class children of God and rightful heirs to His mansions in the Heavenly regions if they persevered in the One, True Faith. It encouraged all Catholics, in the face of great apostasy, to believe and adhere the first dogma of the Church, "Extra Ecclesia Salus Nullum" - "Outside the Church, there is no salvation." Thus the sixth day represents the sixth day octave of Christmas and Creation. For more, see Day Six on the True Meaning

The seven swans a-swimming represent the Seven Sacraments established by Jesus Christ as well as the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost. With the Sacraments and Gifts Catholics could sustain themselves through the dark times and encourage others at this holy time of the year with this Christmas song, reminding each other of the wondrous glory of God and His munificence on the seventh day of the octave of Christmas. Just as this falls on the last day of the year, so also with the Seven Sacraments the old covenant was ended and replaced by the New Covenant which Our Lord left to His Church and for all generations with the promise of the protection of the Sanctifier, the Holy Ghost, especially through the true Successors of St. Peter such as today's saint. For more, see Day Seven on the True Meaning

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        For those who truly want to delve deeper into what the Faith teaches and what past Sovereign Pontiffs have decreed, we recommend for your vital reading to better KNOW THE FAITH in order to KEEP THE FAITH, pertinent Papal decrees which put to the lie what is being promulgated today by the Vatican II church. We strongly encourage you to read these to understand how today the modern church is in Apostasy when compared to what had always been taught by Holy Mother Church and enforced and warned as most grievous by previous Pontiffs as you'll see in CREDO & CULTURE

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