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  • Father Lawrence Smith completes his series of poetic reflections of the Way of the Cross which he composed for readers of The Daily Catholic to enhance our meditation along with a pertinent scriptural reading to read and contemplate in fulfilling this Paschal Triduum to make it ever more meaningful. On this Holy Saturday we feature the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Stations in Via Crucis
  • Gabriel Garnica presents an essay for every one of us to examine our conscience as we end the penitential period and begin Paschaltide following this evenings Holy Saturday Rituals. Gabriel warns that we must take great care what we say, opinions can be very dangerous and everyone has an opinion. Thus, equipped with these weapons we are easy prey for satan's manipulation unless we carefully guard our thoughts and rely on God's graces to keep us on alert as Gabriel explains in his column for Holy Saturday Godly vs. UnGodly Opinions
  • For the Easter Triduum we present the fifth of six reflections in a magnificent, inspiring series Dr. Thomas Droleskey presented here last year at this time. Tracing salvation history from Adam and Eve up to the Resurrection, Tom's series has brought us to Holy Saturday - the time in the tomb - that time of suspension when souls suspended in Limbo for thousands of years were freed by Our Lord Who "descended into hell." We know from the next truth of the Apostles' Creed that "On the third day He arose from the dead..." We are almost to that glorious day, but many cannot see in the darkness of this world and he reminds us that the only illumination comes from the "Light of Christ" - Lumen Christi to which we can only say: Deo gratias as Tom expounds in his brilliant feature on "A Reflection of Salvation History" with From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Five HOLY SATURDAY
  • HOLY SATURDAY      April 10, 2004      Volume 15, no. 101

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    Yesterday - Good Friday - was the whole reason Mel Gibson had the passion to do 'The Passion of The Christ' and the fruits of his mammoth efforts are producing abundance worldwide. As of Wednesday in the United States alone, it has taken in $335.5 million and by Easter that should spike above $350. See No. 1 Again! Plenty of passion for 'The Passion'
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      Holy Saturday is one of the most meaningful and beautiful of liturgies the Church offers in reminding us of why Christ died by reviewing the Twelve Prophecies after the fire and Paschal Candle have been lit. The Blessing of the Baptismal Font and the worthy catechumens is a wondrous event and is sanctified all the more by our recommitment and the calling upon the Church Triumphant with the Litany of the Saints as we see in Out with the Old, in with the New

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    Act of Contrition
    O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, do penance and to amend my life. Amen.
    Out with the Old,
    In with the New!

       The anticipation of the Resurrection overflows with the most beautiful liturgies in the Church - the Ritual for Holy Saturday for from the darkness the Light of Christ shines forth. After centuries of waiting and hoping, all expectations are fulfilled with the opening of Heaven's doors to all who had been in Limbo since the time of Adam and Eve. For us it is a day of great joy and celebration in eager anticipation of His glorious resurrection. This truly the final break with the Old Covenant which has been fulfilled. Now make way for the New Covenant, instituted at the Last Supper and brought to fruition on Easter morn.

       The ceremonies of this last of the Easter Triduum days begin early in the morning with the blessing of a new fire that has been kindled with flint and steel. From this fire a candle with three stems, and placed on a reed, is lighted and carried up to the church by a deacon, who three times chants the words "Lumen Christi." The paschal candle is blessed by the deacon, who fixes in it five grains of blessed incense in memory of the wounds of Christ and the precious spices with which He was anointed in the tomb, and afterwards lights it from the candle on the reed. The blessing of the candle is followed by the reading of the twelve prophecies, and after that the priest goes in procession to bless the font. The water in the font is scattered toward the four quarters of the world, to indicate the Catholicity of the Church and the world-wide efficacy of her sacraments; the priest breathes on the water in the form of a cross and plunges the paschal candle into the water, for the Spirit of God is to hallow it, and the power of Christ is to descend on it; lastly, a few drops of the oil of catechumens and of the chrism are poured into the font, in order to signify the union of Christ, our anointed King, with His people. On the way back from the font the Litany of the Saints is begun, and when it is ended the altar is decked with flowers and the Mass is begun in white vestments.

       The pictures and statues in the church that have been veiled since Passion Sunday are uncovered. The organ and bells are heard again and the joyful Alleluia is resumed.

       In the absence of sacred ministers the officiant recites (or sings, if the custom prevails) all the prayers and lessons and performs all the ceremonies allotted to the sacred ministers in the junctions of this day.

       The interesting ceremonies which now take place on Holy Saturday morning were originally performed on Saturday night and ended at dawn on Easter morning. Hence their joyful character. The sequence of these ceremonies is:

    The Blessing of the New Fire

       In the church porch. Here the BLESSING OF THE NEW FIRE, and of the five grains of incense to be placed in the paschal candle, takes place. The blessing of fire, from which the lamps of the church were lighted, seems to have been originally a daily ceremony; now it takes place only on this day.

       Proceeding to the altar, the deacon, carrying the triple candle, pauses three times to light a branch from a taper, which in its turn, has received its light from the blessed fire. At each pause the deacon sings Lumen Christi - The Light of Christ-and the server answers Deo gratias Thanks be to God.

    The Blessing of the Paschal Candle

       At the gospel side of the altar the deacon then sings the Exsultet - a hymn of praise and triumph, during which the five grains of incense are placed in the paschal candle in the form of a cross, the paschal candle and the sanctuary lamps are lighted. The symbolic meaning of the fire and of all these lights is expressed in the prayer used in the blessing of the fire:

      "Lord God, almighty Father, inextinguishable Light, who host created all light, who hast enlightened the whole world, bless this light... make us enlightened by that light and inflamed with the fire of Thy brightness that we may attain to light and life everlasting."

       At a convenient time the altar is prepared, and the Hours are recited in the choir, but the candles are not lighted until the beginning of the Mass. Meanwhile fire is struck from a fire pit outside the church and coals are kindled from it. Near at hand lies a vessel containing five large grains of incense to be set in the paschal candle. The celebrant wearing amice, alb, girdle, stole and purple cope, goes to the church door accompanied by his ministers with processional cross, holy water and incense, and blesses the new fire. The liturgy makes use of the fire or light as a symbol of Christ, whose teaching enlightens the minds of the faithful and whose grace enkindles their hearts. Hence the importance attached to the blessing of the candles on February 2, and the blessing of the new fire and paschal candle on this day.

    The Reading of the Twelve Prophecies

       These consist of twelve lessons from the Old Testament, each lesson being followed by a prayer. They begin by describing the creation of the world and of man, and the promise of a Redeemer; they narrate the story of the Deluge, of Abraham sacrificing his son, and of the deliverance of Israel from the Egyptians; the prophecies of Isaias and Baruch concerning the trials of Israel, the coming of Christ, His Church, its spread, and its abundant graces; the story of the Paschal Lamb, of Jonas at Ninive, finally, of the golden idol of Nabuchodonosor, and the three young men delivered from the furnace of fire. In a word, these prophecies, including their references to Baptism and Penance, were an instructive summary of the principal points of Christian Doctrine for Catechumens.

    The Blessing of the Baptismal Font

       This blessing goes back to the early ages of the Church. The Catechumens were presented for Baptism on this day and on the Vigil of, Pentecost. This blessing is an appeal that the Holy Spirit may descend on the water and endow it with regenerative virtue. Meantime the priest performs a series, of expressive ceremonies; he divides the water in the form of a Cross, signs it with the sign of the cross, divides it and casts it to the four cardinal points, breathes upon it, and dips the paschal candle into it. Finally he pours into it the oil of catechumens and of Holy Chrism.

    The Litany of the Saints

       Then the priest proceeds to the altar where the full Litany of the Saint is chanted with the faithful joining in for the responses after each intonation. At the conclusion of the Agnus Dei the Priest, and Deacon and Subdeacon (if the latter two are available) vest fully and take their place at the foot of the altar.

    The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Vespers (Magnificat) for First Saturday.

      There is no Introit as the Mass begins with the Kyrie Eleison and then the Gloria is sung. At the Gradual the Alleluia in sung. There is no Offertory Prayer, but the Gloria Patri added again after the Lavabo. After the reception of Holy Communion and the ablutions and purifying the chalice and paten, there is no Communion Prayer. In its place is the Vespers for the day - the Magnificat from Luke 1: 46-53 before the Final Blessing and Last Gospel. We go forward to await with glad tidings the angel's words "Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia, alleluia."

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    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica reminds all of the great dangers of throwing opinions around for, like darts, they can stick, they can hurt and they can do great harm. He goes beyond the excuse that "everyone has an opinion" by deciphering between fact and fiction, between opinion and truth. Often times the weapon of opinions are loaded in the arsenel of satan and few there are who are aware how deadly their words can be. Gabriel cautions us all to keep the good intentions we have been working on during Lent for increasing virtuous actions by being ever on our guard between Godly vs. UnGodly Opinions.
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey continues with his special series for this holiest and most meaningful of seasons. Today all remains stripped bear for Christ is nowhere to be found. This liturgical symbolism in the Easter Triduum of Our Lord in the tomb is, unfortunately, too prevalent today in society where so many seek to dismiss Christ from their thoughts in order to continue their own sinful agendas. They are lost in the darkness and it is only through the Lumen Christi - the Light of Christ - that they will find their way. By His Death and Resurrection the new Adam has won for us - through His merits and the co-redemptrix fiat of the new Eve His sinless Blessed Mother - the reality of eternal life in recovering what our first parents had lost. Tom reflects in From Eden to the Empty Tomb - Part Five HOLY SATURDAY

    Good Friday:
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's reflections for Good Friday, he pointed out the signs of God's Love for us from the signs His only-begotten Son left behind, a sign so many still refuse to recognize and that is the Shroud of Turin which science cannot refute, but Father easily refuted the anathemas that were spewed on ABC's progressive program Jesus and Paul this past Monday which was a blatant attempt to grab some quick ratings by piggybacking on the popularity of 'The Passion of The Christ'. ABC's blatant anti-Christian, indeed anti-Catholic offering - typical for them - and presented by the 'Lord of Liberals' Peter Jennings were akin to the swine into which the demons fled. We know what that herd did, rushing pell mell over the precipice. Christ says why throw pearls to the swine and indeed, why put up with such heretical drivel the secular networks try to pass off as credible when we have Mel Gibson's masterpiece which is a pearl, a priceless pearl that reinforces exactly what the facts of the Shroud of Turin bear out in confirming its authenticity. For Good Friday Father shared a special reflection as a bonus meditation for this most solemn and saddest day of the year, yet one so full of hope as Father explained in Signs of His Love
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael completed his five-part reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries in helping us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob asked us to stand with Christ's Blessed Mother and His beloved disciple and the few others who braved the scourning of others to stand uncompromisingly with Him to the bitter end. The pain He suffered was bitter as Jacob described through medical and historical facts that make it all the more remarkable He could survive for three hours on the Tree of Salvation...and all for us! Yet we can't spend one hour with Him? Perhaps we need to get our perspectives in order so that He will recognize us when we knock and say "Lord?" Few there are who want to hear,"I do not recognize you, begone." Thanks to His crucifixion, He opened that door, but we must be willing to go through it on His terms, His Divine Will as Jacob delivered a most inspiring meditation for Good Friday on The Crucifixion of Our Lord
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we continued a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. Today he reflects on the everlasting impact of the wood - the wood of the manger, the feeding trough of life became the wood of the Cross - the feeding trough of everlasting life. Tom asked if we will stand with Him, walk with Him, suffer the scorn and scourgings, be nailed with Him to the Cross. Or will we cave to the crowd and join them in rejecting the One True God? How we respond could determine if we truly understand the glory of the Resurrection which awaits. Tom reflected in From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Four

    Maundy Thursday:
    Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Maundy Thursday's Mass, he emphasized on the institution of the priesthood by the Divine Priest the importance of the priesthood, the vital necessity for priests to be as pure and worthy of the call of Melchizedech that, one ordained through the most noble of Sacraments in the carrying out of Christ's charge in Mark 16: 15-16, could fulfill and increase the number of saved souls through his exemplary sacerdotal behavior and his vow to preserve the Sacred Traditions and Doctrines of Christ's Church and, most vital, the administration of the most Sublime Sacrament in being the alter Christus where he is the only instrument able to carry out the necessary Transubstantiation to offer to the Father the True Presence of Jesus in the unbloody propitiatory Sacrifice of the Mass. Yes, there is nothing more sublime or necessary for Catholics. The world has never understood the sacerdotal nature of the priesthood, but in its ignorance it has greatly misrepresented this most sacred vocation in which the essence is to work counterproductive to worldly goals. The very fact that the priesthood has been so viciously attacked by satan through the unprecedented assaulting of the human vulnerabilities of so many priests and their bishops who have become lax and caused grave scandals makes the road for good, dedicated priests all the more men who can assimilate their suffering with Christ on the road to Calvary. Why are priests so precious and priceless to the faithful and the preservation of the True Faith? Contrary to the relaxed and, often times anathematical norms of Vatican II, only the priests can offer, on behalf of Christ, the cup of salvation containing His Most Precious Body and Blood. Father explained in his sermon "I will take up the cup of salvation"
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica called all Catholics to come to the defense of the Saving Victim - O Salutaris Hostia for the Bread of Angels Panis Angelicus is under heavy assault in every way as the New Order seeks to totally Protestanize the infrangible belief in the Real Presence in so many ways. Gabriel cited two saints who hungered for the Heavenly Manna and had a fire in their heart and soul to do all they could to preserve the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. On this day when we celebrate the institution of this most wonderful Sacrament to which we bend our knee in deep adoring Tantum ergo Sacramentum we can take time just to say thank you to Jesus for this most wonderful gift He gave us for time immemorial - His immemorial Mass in which we are privileged to re-enact His propitiatory Sacrifice on the altar in an unbloody manner. What joy should fill every Catholic heart and soul. We should never want to leave His side if we truly believe He is present in the holy Tabernacle. Gabriel explained further in his column The Real Presence and the New Order .
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob focused on the trek up Calvary - the Via Dolorosa - "Way of Sorrows" and how much more difficult it really was for Our Lord than anyone can imagine considering His thoroughly battered condition and the weight and balance of the beam. Jacob pointed out that Christ did not carry His cross alone, but allowed Simon the Cyrenian to help. So also He invited us to share our cross with Him and to share the crosses of others for if we can share the pain, we will also share in the great gain of grace. This means aiding His Mystical Body which surely needs help today as She struggles under the burden of modernism and other heresies. Jacob delivered a most inspiring meditation for Maundy Thursday on The Carrying of the Cross
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we continued a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encouraged you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. For the 1,971st anniversary of the Institution of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, Tom reflected on how "Holy Thursday is the time to enter deep into the mystery of God's love." Tom emphasized the need to wait and watch with Christ, truly present when the bread and wine are validly confected into the Body and Blood of Christ, Soul and Divinity. Just as His Own apostles failed the test to stand with Him, so also do we time and time again no matter how good our intentions. Dr. Droleskey invited us to resolve to stick it out this time, stay with Him through the blood and guts, so to speak, so that we can truly share in the triumph of the Cross at the Dawn of Pachaltide. Tom reflected in From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Three

    Wednesday:
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed the force with which the soldiers plunged the cruel thorn-plated helmet into Christ's sacred skull would doom any man to immediate, indescribable pain and horror. Yet Christ did not give up, He did not say "Enough!" He merely remained silent as his torturers mocked and derided Him further. Talk about harassment and persecution. Think about what He went through for us the next time we feel put upon. Jacob shared some astounding medical and historical facts that make the crowning of thorns all the more horrible in scope as he provided a most inspiring meditation for Wednesday of Holy Week on The Crowning of Thorns
    Shears and Tears of a Lamb
    Catharine Lamb helped us prepare for the beginning of the Easter Triduum by giving us a better perspective of the symbolism and meaning of the rituals of Maundy Thursday and why it is called such, for Maundy means Mandatum which translates to 'Commandment' and this Christ gave us with the institution of the Blessed Sacrament gifting those worthy of His graces His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Catharine also gave us some insight into the Office of Tenebrae and where it originated and its beautiful meaning and customs kept alive from the monks keeping Christ company overnight to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel for the faithful to keep watch. Catharine takes us through Maundy Thursday's magnificent liturgy practiced for so many centuries by Holy Mother Church. She explained in - Maundy Thursday: A New Commandment I Give Unto You

    Tuesday:
    Christ or chaos
    Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey weighed in with a most powerful and necessary essay on the state of consciences today. Too many have accepted the compromise and in so doing have only empowered satan further. He addressed the Bishops of the United States, dressing them down for their lukewarmness and pulled no punches when it comes to the Democratic candidate for president John F. Kerry who is trying to ride on the coattails of another JFK whose own heresy began America on this trek into moral depravity and a loss of its soul. Tom pointed out the magnificence and absolute principles outlined by Pope Leo XIII in Sapientiae Christianae 114 years ago which holds truer today for politicians and the hierarchy than ever before. Tom also reminded that it is not the political parties who have the answers. Neither the pro-abort Dems or the hypocritical GOP are the answer. The only answer is to strive with every ounce of energy and breath of life to preserve life - everlasting life - by seeking to re-establish the Social Kingship of Christ no matter what it takes. Tom laid it all out in his hard-hitting column Craven Cowards and Judases!.
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed Christ's terrible scourging at the Pillar, so brilliantly and vividly portrayed by Mel Gibson in his masterpiece film, is really only a hint of what Our Lord suffered. And what He suffered were the lashes of our sins - from the most inconspicuous venial sin to the most deliberate and vile mortal sin. They are all offensive to God and need to be atoned for since God operates in "Trinity Time" not linear time. Jacob reminded us to reflect on this scourging and realize every time we sin or have sinned it is another deep bruise in the precious Body of Christ as he shared a most inspiring meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week on The Scourging at the Pillar

    Monday:
    Quid Dicit Scriptura?
    Jacob Michael used Divine Revelation to help us all better understand the scope of this week, and the unimaginable Love God has for us that He would send His only-begotten Son to die for us so that we might live. What Jacob hopes to accomplish in his series, which are basically the Sorrowful Mysteries in "Five Days of Sorrow," is to give us all a better grasp of our own lives and put it all in perspective for every drop of His Precious Blood from those first tears in Gethsemani to the last on Golgatha had a definite, specific purpose in atonement for our sins. Jacob confirms that indeed Christ did shed tears of blood in the Garden and what those tears meant as well as the necessary comfort of the angel as he shared a most inspiring meditation for Monday of Holy Week on The Agony in the Garden
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica reminded us of the simple virtuous traits lived by the Saint of Lourdes, the holy Bernadette whose sanctity was confirmed by God by leaving mankind with a sign of her holiness and adherence to Sacred Tradition for her body remains incorrupt today, nearly 125 years after her death in Nevers, France. Gabriel shared the fact that though Bernadette may not have been a learned Doctor of the Church in the mold of Thomas or Teresa of Avila, she was every way their equal in virtue and, like another French saint, found the simple way the best. Gabriel equated the seven traits of simplicity Bernadette lived to each day of this holiest of weeks in the year when we can apply the practicality of her simple advice which will do wonders in Heaven if we but have a sincere, simple heart full of love for Christ. Gabriel enumerated on her traits in his column Bernadette Soubirous - Doctor of Simplicity.

    SUNDAY:
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Palm Sunday the Hebrew children - Pueri Hebraeorum - who spread palmfronds before Our Lord, hailing Him as the Lord - "Hosanna in the highest" are today's 'pueri hebraeorum' who reject Him. This includes those who advance the heresies of Vatican II and, by doing so, no longer express such love for the Lord. Indeed, as we have seen from the pogroms issued against 'The Passion of The Christ', they openly flaunt that "Vatican II changed that 'medieval thinking'." Father reminds us how damaging to souls that anathema is for all are in agreement that the Jews are not solely responsible for Christ's death. The Church has never blamed the Jews exclusively. They did not kill Christ, but they REJECTED Him. It's basically the same, and they are killing souls today by rejecting the infallible dogma of salvation as Father pointed out in his sermon for truly the Hosannas of truth have turned to Hisses of heresy thanks to the venomous Vatican II agenda that is responsible for sinners remaining in sin and tolerating it. Souls are lost and the Faith is in great jeopardy if we do not resist such anathema by practicing true charity as Father explained in his sermon "When as yet we were sinners."
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his seventh installment on the Disciplines of the Season, having passed from Lent into Passiontide with today's focus on Palm Sunday in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for the Beautiful ceremony of the Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass and compared it to the abbreviated form adopted in the Novus Ordo whereby once again he pointed out the omissions that on the surface may not seem like much of a difference, but in content and intent are huge in one, the Traditional Rite of the Immemorial Mass being totally Catholic, the New Order Rite expressing a Protestant mentality in so many ways. Kevin identified the differences in The Disciplines of Passiontide: Palm Sunday
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we began a retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. He continued with his special series for Passiontide and Holy Week. For Palm Sunday he showed how we must discard the palms of political correctness and secular ideals for the true fronds of love that come from our heart in which we are willing to not only offer our Hosannas, but take up Christ's Cross for His entire Mystical Body as well in order to keep our focus on the straight and narrow - the sure path that leads up through Calvary. For without the Cross, there can be no Glory! Tom outlined the "Love Trail" in From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Two

    Saturday:
    Catholic PewPOINT
    As we head into Holy Week editor Michael Cain reminded all of our mandatory duty as members of the Church Militant, a task most have dropped and abandoned. Too many have forgotten the Poor Souls in Purgatory because the modern church has not emphasized it for that would offend our Protestant brethren in the big ecumaniac circus that the New Order has become. Cain asked us that as we set our clocks ahead an hour to think of the Church Suffering and to switch to "Trinity Time" in order to make use of whatever time we have left on this earth. Cain presented a gut-check for every Catholic, especially Traditional Catholics, when he asked Are we prepared to die with and for Him?.
    From Eden to the Empty Tomb
    In keeping with the season we began a retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. In his first part of his redact series, Tom traced the history of salvation from the fall of our first parents and the subsequent trials of God's people in the Old Testament in waiting for the Messiah; and when He arrived, few there were who recognized the God-man even in the face of fulfillment of all prophecy because of man's stubborn pride and resistance to God's will. So also today, especially today in 2004 as Tom explained in From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part One

    Friday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica is righteously upset that in this most holiest and somber of seasons the obscene, blasphemous, and sacrilegious film Life of Brian is being re-released into theaters to compete with Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' in a most mocking form. The irreverence which the anti-Catholic group Monty Python showed 25 years ago has not subsided as they have approved this action which should not only outrage Catholics, but, as Gabriel points out, should have Jews incensed. He wonders if the same critics of Mel will come forward and castigate this latest abomination or, as he suspects, why go after someone who ideologically and politically is on the same page. It all adds up to further scourging of Our Lord during the week we focus solely on Him. Gabriel expands on this in his column How Long, O Lord?!.
    Shears and Tears of a Lamb
    Catharine Lamb continues her feature on the Canon of the Mass and those who are honored, continuing with the list of saints invoked in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus after the Consecration. These saints have been abandoned by the New Order for the very words "To us also, Thy sinful servants," which are the only audible words spoken in the Canon of the Mass per the rubrics and celebret set in stone by Trent and Pope Saint Pius V. Thanks to the Vatican II popes the powerful intercession of these saints have been eliminated just as the idea of being a sinner has been downplayed so that all will feel better about themselves. Catharine has a shock for those who have bought into this 'all is love' hype: they're in for a shock when they stand before their Maker at their Particular Judgment. She shares insight into four more saints Ignatio, Alexandro, Marcellino, et Petro who all gave their lives for their Faith rather than betraying Our Lord and the Church He founded. A far cry from what is promoted today as she explains in - Abandoned Saints to sustain Thy Sinful Servants - Part Three
    Hope on the Horizon
    Terence Jeffrey in his Townhall column points out the pending confrontation that is bound to break out soon and that is John Kerry's absolute acceptance of sin and his direct opposition to God's Laws and the Church's. The Massachusetts senator's feeble excuse of separation of Church and State doesn't hold a lick of water as Jeffrey points out that "if it violates the natural law, the bishops have a right and a duty to hold him accountable." While he really only touches the surface, it is interesting that he cites an event where the Baptist minister Dr. Martin Luther King relied on the wisdom of the holy Doctors of the Church - both St. Augustine and the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas. Their contention: "Unjust laws are no laws at all!" Since abortion is unjust because it is murder and goes against the absolute Laws of God,it is no law. Though we wouldn't put as much, if any, hope as Jeffrey does in St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, Terence seems to think he is the answer, but he has still been all talk. Only when a bishop officially excommunicates a pro-abort politican publicly will the rest sit up and take notice. Regardless, we provide Jeffrey's Townhall column Will the bishops confront Kerry?

    Thursday:
    Traditional Insights
    Mario Derksen continued his excellent series on "The Truth About Ecumenism" as he meticulously analyzed the final word of the Church on ecumenism. Surprise, surprise it is not Ut unum sint but rather Mortalium animos, the no nonsense Papal encyclical by Pope Pius XI who warned in 1928 against the very insanity that has run wild over the past several decades and grows worse by the year, by the month. Mario provided the proof that ecumenism is not just a grave error, but an anathema which, in effect, is apostasy pure and simple for it denies the ineffable truths of the One True Church, denies the primary dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and denies Christ's command in the Scriptures. Mario provided the second installment on An Analysis of the Encyclical Mortalium Animos and other true Catholic Teaching on Religious Unity with part two Allurements & Temptations
    A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
    The thirteenth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass moved out of the age of persecution from the Romans and encountered a new persecution, one from within as the devastating Arian heresy raises its ugly head. This Medusa of madness would cause more souls to be lost than all the Christians of the first three centuries. Many say that with the end of the cruel reign of Diocletian and the rise of Constantine the Great as the new emperor who, through the Sign of the Cross, conquered, that the growth spurted with Christians free to worship publicly for the first time. With this freedom, abuse entered in as is usually the case and it would be left to the emperor and Pope St. Sylvester I to try to quell the heresy with the First Major Council at Nicaea in 325 as we covered the first half of the fourth century during the pontificates of seven Popes in the thirteenth installment In Hoc Signo Vinces

    Wednesday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica showed why everything is topsy-turvy today and why some want to strike God from the Pledge, from the schools, even from the churches, and definitely from the courts. They no longer recognize the absolute mandate of the Ten Commandments handed down from Almighty God to Moses on Mt. Sinai for all time. Considering the state of things today, is it any wonder the Ten Suggestions have replaced the Ten Commandments? No wonder they wanted to take the Decalogue monument out of Judge Roy Moore's rotunda. Do you think Moses might be mighty mad still? It's a sure thing that God's not happy because so many today have by and large turned their collective backs on the True God and His Laws and embraced the Golden Calf of The New Order both secularly and ecclesiastically. Gabriel has titled his column: Moses Meets The New Order.
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his sixth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for this past Passion Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the proper for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Novus Ordo Missae. He pinpointed the passages that are optional and showed why those particular passages which the priest is at freedom to omit are key to the entire meaning and message of the Scripture reading. If one wonders why so many do not believe as they once did reading these particular points will help open eyes to the vast difference between the structured, purposeful Traditional rite and the novelty-ridden option-oriented New Order rite. Kevin identified the wide chasm in The Disciplines of Lent: Passion Sunday

    Tuesday:
    Catholic PewPOINT
    Editor Michael Cain dovetailed from Gabriel Garnica's column on 'Reality' TV from Monday's issue, in asking how some of these other shows get televised. He wondered how many are getting sucked in by promos on television which always leave one wanting, never truly entertaining and even worse, so insidiously injecting anti-Catholicism into the content. While many times it is subliminal, other times it is quite obvious, blatantly such as in last Friday night's episode of Fox's Wonderfalls. As bad as that was, Cain came back for more punishment by sitting through CBS 'Jesus' Sunday night. He shared the sad side effects of the Andy Rooney-network's latest effort to offset the good Mel Gibson has been able to accomplish through his masterpiece film 'The Passion'. As for the CBS fare, Cain gave all a hint of why they should stick exclusively to broadcasting NCAA basketball games and the Masters Golf Tournament. It would be better if all the networks scrubbed their programming because it's hard to decipher one network from another. They all look alike and they're all carrying the same damaging type of trash that is harmful to souls as he pointed out in his editorial March Madness Gone Berserk!.
    Pro Life Prescriptions
    Dr. Frank Joseph returned to these pages with a stirring, impassioned plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley to get off his hierach duff and do something before it is too late. He was, of course, referring to John Kerry and his shameful, scandalous flaunting of his sinful ways and receiving the sacraments as if nothing is wrong. Frank reminded the Archbishop of his duty before God and closed with a poignant and most pertinent piece by radio legend Paul Harvey titled "If I were the devil" in which it is quite obvious the bishops have done nothing to stop the evil one, even to curtail the devil somewhat. Now push has come to shove and it's time for O'Malley to stand and be counted or lose out forever if Kerry is elected. This has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with saving souls as Frank emphasized in his column An Open Plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley

    Monday:
    Gabriel's Clarion
    Gabriel Garnica wondered what if all the shallow programming, especially the inane so-called reality television shows that seem to litter the major networks over the past two years, instead strove to provide something of value using the same concept but put towards good in a Christ-like manner. He realized he was just dreaming for the world would never buy it as programmers and viewers seemingly sink lower and lower in the base mentality of pushing the envelope beyond any kind of moral standards. Gabriel reminded us that there is definitely a reality at play here, one that can effect the very outcome of eternal life. With those kind of stakes, it is best to do a reality check as he pointed out in his column The Reality of 'Reality Entertainment'.
    Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
    Kevin Tierney presented his fifth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for Laetare Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the Novus Ordo Missae. For his analysis of Laetare Sunday we would like to rejoice, but there is so much lacking in the synthetic rite that on laments instead. It is a fact that the man-made rite of Vatican II is sorely lacking as Kevin explained why: the New Order has left it so ambiguous and avoids those things which are absolutely necessary not only for striving toward sanctity, but for salvation. The whole purpose of the Novus Ordo liturgy is to negate the negative theology that we are totally dependent on God and are unworthy unless blessed by Him and in His good graces by having sanctifying grace on our souls. Kevin broke it down in The Disciplines of Lent: Laetare Sunday

    SUNDAY:
    "Qui legit, intelligat"
    In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Passion Sunday, he reminded us all of the infallible truths handed down in Sacred Scripture as to the New Covenant which he likened to a marriage covenant between man and God. The Hebrews of the Old Covenant had the same covenant until they wandered for the final time and, by their own choosing, rejected God, despite constant warnings and curses to bring them back to their senses. Their blessings ran out. God divorced forever the Old Covenant and took to Himself the Bride of the New Covenant through His only-begotten Son to live, literally happily ever after. However, as Father pointed out, that is only possible if we are faithful to Him. If we stray, then, like the Jews, we too will be deserving of the seven-fold curses, the woes that befell the Hebrew people and are befalling His unfaithful children of the Bridegroom today. What is most pertinent and shameful is that the present bride, seeking to please man rather than her eternal Spouse, has gone behind the back of the Divine Groom and conspired with the exiled "divorcee" to tell the latter that an annulment is no longer necessary for the marriage to the Bridegroom is as good for the old bride as well as the new bride. This would be spiritual polygamy and there are dire consequences for such infidelity as Father illustrated through Scripture in his sermon Blessings and Woes
    Books you can count on!
    Gary L. Morella provided a most positive review of an outstanding book by Atila Sinke Guimar„es just released by Tradition In Action. It is considered a special edition of his vaunted and eye-opening collection Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani which already includes the landmark volumes The Murky Waters of Vatican II, Animus Delendi I, and Animus Delendi II. His latest, Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia is a book that needs to be in the hands of every bishop in the world, including the Pope, as well as in the hands of every religious editor and investigative journalist so they'll understand what the Church truly teaches and not buy the modernist/tolerant-speak and psycho-babble that has so insidiously undermined Holy Mother Church. Gary L. Morella presented a succinct, compact review that hopefully should pique the interest of all in desiring to read and better understand why the Church has gotten itself into such a sordid situation and why she has done so little to extricate herself. The facts and evidence may shock you, but satan is so clever and has masqueraded himself and his agenda so insidiously. Gary pointed out Atila's work helps "connect the dots as to why Rome is impotent to right the Barque of Peter by sadly coming to the realization that the pro-sodomite mentality in the Church goes right up to the highest levels of the Vatican." Atila's book is a must read in order to alert all to how deep the rot goes and why the scandal in America was really only the tip of the iceberg. We encourage you to order, read and share with others his book: Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia

      The GOOD: The "Tower of Trent" Trophies!

         Other than the coveted Walter L. Matt Memorial Lecture, there are no official recognitions of Traditional warriors that we know of. That is why we have created the "Tower of Trent" Trophies to present on the web to worthy recipients who have fought for the cause of preserving and upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Though we are announcing this first in the order, it will be the last to be rewarded. Deadline for nominations and categories so that we might be able to acknowledge more worthy efforts will be Easter Monday, April 12th. That is the day after the Feast of Saint Leo the Great. The actual announcement of winners will be on the 87th Anniversary of Our Lady's First Apparition at Fatima and the Feast of that great Doctor of carrying out the Decrees of Trent, Saint Robert Bellarmine. You can send your nominations and ideas to Tower of Trent Nominations and Category Suggestions

      Tower of TRENT Trophy
    Worldwide Mel's "little movie" inches closer to half a billion!
       Who'd a thunk it? By Easter Sunday night there is a possibility that Mel Gibson's little film which no one in Hollywood wanted to touch with a ten-foot dolly cam, will approach a half billion dollars at the box-office world-wide. Many expect at least $350 million by the end of this week in the U.S. but what is truly amazing is that in the rest of the world, the numbers are phenomenal. Released in 43 foreign markets, South and Central America have recorded the most with $35.2 million, while Western Europe has contributed $21.8 million and Australia weighed in with $10.8 million. Poland alone has registered $9.4 million, and we know it has been a big hit in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and other places in the Middle East despite the terrible conflicts. Maybe if those Shiites would put down their guns and go see 'The Passion' we could have less bloodshed in a war that has been way too politicized at the expense of our young men fighting an unrecognizable army for no one knows who is who except the rabid, radical leaders. It is the leaders who are to blame, just as in the account of the the Passion of our Lord in all the Gospels it was the leader Caiaphas who stirred the others to sacrifice Christ to save their hides. If only he had realized that is why Jesus died: to save our hides, or, more appropriately put: our souls!

    The Passion' Bumps Gump Out of #10th Spot All Time!

    Passion's' Passionate Returns Illustrate the Fever of the Fervor of Faith!

      Holy Saturday is here and many expect Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' to fare well this weekend as many will add to their inspiration by including the 'The Passion' as part of their meditation on the Passion and Death of Our Lord in this holiest week of the year.

         This weekend Mel's little film surpassed 'Forrest Gump' as the tenth highest grossing movie ever. Next up on the list is 'Finding Nemo' at $339.7 mil* which should easily be surpassed by the weekend, quite possibly by the Easter Triduum. After six weeks 'The Passion' has amassed $335,526,000 million at the box office in North America through April 7th, surging back to number one at the box office over the upstart Hellboy. Talk about ironic. In the end the devil never wins. The numbers listed above do not include the most recent box office returns from Oceania and Europe or the Middle East where it has been a surprise hit. We urge all to see it if you haven't seen it yet, and if you have: SEE IT AGAIN!

    'The Passion of The Christ' expects resurgence at the Box Office this week

       The term bandied about "Jesus Saves" can be taken literally as far as the godforsaken pagan Hollywood is concerned for were it not for 'The Passion' which accounted for a record winter season which The Hollywood Reporter calls "How Mel Saved the Winter Boxoffice Season and Maybe the Year." Gibson's masterpiece was the second highest box-office film of all time for a winter season, just missing topping the all-time BO champ Titanic a just less than 6 million dollars. The film is already thirteenth all time and by Easter will comfortably be in the top ten. Meanwhile it is basking in five number one categories:

    • The number one R-rated film ever, leaving its closest competition Matrix Reloaded a distant second at $281 million.

    • The top independent film ever distributed. Period! And it's only begun!

    • The number one film as far as February openings for all time.

    • It is the number one film ever for a non-English movie which also is a first - released in the US. By the way, come Oscar time it will not be eligible for Best Foreign Language Film. Why? Because there is no country which speaks Aramaic or Latin anymore. As for the latter, sadly, not even Vatican City.

    • Mel's movie stayed at the top as number one at the box office for 23 consecutive days. Interesting also that those who later beat out 'The Passion' for a weekend, such as 'Dawn' and 'Scoobey Do' drop off dramatically after the initial three-day push whereas 'The Passion' continues to hold up.

       One interesting fact is that a recent Gallup poll said that 34% that had not seen it yet would definitely see it which guarantees legs for Mel's film. Ad to this that 31% will either see it again or definitely rent or buy the DVD or video and many believe that eventually it will topple Titanic.

       What is truly more amazing than the monetary numbers is the impact the film has had on lives. Already there are accounts of over 70,000 testimonies of how the film changed their lives. We know about the murderer and the thief who turned themselves in because their consciences, not fear of being caught, caught up to them after they say Mel's magnum opus. The other interesting point is that church attendance since the movie's release is up 10% and what is even more amazing is that Mel has everyone talking about Jesus in a positive manner and going back to the Sacred Scriptures to fill in the blanks, if you will, for there is a thirst for "the Truth, the Way, and the Life."

       If you have stayed away because you couldn't handle the violence or were put off by negative reviews, check your Faith. Ask yourself why. Christ didn't like it either but He was willing to undergo the humiliation and unbearable pain for you. It's Holy Week; offer it up and help carry His cross by experiencing this miracle that is moving souls, so much so that two men have turned themselves into law authorities for their crimes, one was for murder, the other for theft. Why? Because Mel's movie tinged their consciences. True modern Dismas men in our midst. How many more have changed and amended their lives? God only knows. Go see 'The Passion' again and then let us know what you thought of the film and how it affected you. Share with our readers by writing to My take on 'The Passion'

    * Sources: www.hollywoodreporter.com, Passion-outreach.com




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