In the midst of all of this apostasy as Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is scourged mystically and His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart is grieved so very much, there is great hope being given unto us. Great hope.
It was our privilege last week to be at the ordination to the Holy Priesthood of Fathers Bernard Welp, CMRI, and Alexander Kryssov by His Excellency Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas at Mount Saint Michael's Church in Spokane, Washington. It was our further privilege yesterday, October 13, 2008, the Feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, an exemplar of the Social Reign of Christ the King, and the ninety-first anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun during Our Lady's final apparition in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal, to assist at Father Kryssov's first Solemn High Mass, at which the Very Reverend Casimir Puskorius, the Rector of Mount Saint Michael's Church, preached a most eloquent and moving sermon about Father Kryssov's journey from unbelief to the Faith.
Father Kryssov himself wrote about his story when he was a seminarian two years ago:
"The story of my spiritual journey begins when I was a student at the University of Moscow being educated like all the other people in the Soviet Union. I did think a lot about God, but I never read the Gospels or any other religious books. One day I realized that I truly did believe in God, but I needed a church. Although I knew there were many Orthodox Churches in Moscow, I was sure that the true Church could not be just Russian--it had to be universal.
"Although I had never been in a Catholic Church, nor had I ever met a Catholic, nor read any Catholic books, I knew I must be a Catholic!
Now I had a problem--I needed to find a Catholic Church in Moscow. Although I did not know where it was, I did believe that the Catholic Church had to exist in Moscow. But how could I find this Church? It was very dangerous in Communist times to ask anybody about the Church. So what was I to do?
"One day I was in the subway station in Moscow, and saw the public telephone. Since it would be no risk to call from the subway station because nobody knew me, I decided to call Moscow Information Service and asked for the address of a Catholic Church. The woman responded with a not too friendly voice, 'We do not give information about religious institutions." So now, what to do?
"The next day from this same station I called this service for the second time, and I asked for the address of the Central House of the Atheists. Another woman, much more friendly than the former, gave me an address. Arriving at this address, I saw this woman (who acted like she was a 'priest' of the Atheists) and told her that I am a young teacher of History who has a class of young Atheistic boys and girls, and I need to explain to the children how all the Christian Churches are no good. I knew about the Orthodox Church, but I have never visited the Protestant or Catholic Churches, and I need to know this to better explain the fallacy of the Christian faith. This woman lauded me as a young and brave Communist hero.
"So she gave me the address of the Protestant and Catholic Churches in Moscow. Immediately, as I got into the street, I threw the Protestant information in the garbage can. This was on Friday. The next Sunday I was at my first Catholic Mass!
"Near the church were three KGB cameras which registered all people who entered the church. One of my friends told me the story. One day as he went into the Church, he saw that one of the cameras was following him. He turned, took off his cap, and saluted the camera. Next moment the camera bowed to him.
"This church, the Church of St. Louis, was one of two Catholic churches in all of Russia which was open at this time. By the grace of God, this church had only the traditional Catholic Mass. After my Baptism, I had no more fear of the KGB; my only fear was that I might not remain a Catholic.
"Even before 1990 when the iron curtain came down, we had the traditional Catholic Mass and Sacraments. However, when the Soviet Union collapsed, with our new liberty came the New Church of Vatican II. Our old Lithuanian priest, Father Stanislav Mazejka did not accept the modern Church. He continued to celebrate the traditional Catholic Mass in his private chapel until his death in 1995 at age 90.
"After Fr. Mazejka died, we requested a priest from the Society of Saint Pius X and a priest was sent to Moscow two or three times a year to celebrate Mass in a private apartment.
"In 1999, we established our traditional chapel in Moscow and we had Mass once a month. Nevertheless, it wasn't very long until we realized the contradictions in the position of the Society of Saint Pius X. So, in 2003, we ended our collaboration with the SSPX and had recourse to the Society of Saint Pius V in the United States. Fr. Baumberger arrived in Moscow in 2004 and stayed for one week. We were very content about his theological position; however, he was not able to supply us with a priest on a regular basis. He, himself, could come only once every two years. This would not have been a good future for us.
"So, we addressed letters to Bishop Dolan, Bishop Sanborn, and Bishop Pivarunas. After two weeks, I received a call from Fr. Rissling who asked me, 'Do you need a priest?' For us it was a miracle! Bishop Pivarunas had contacted Fr. Rissling in Germany who providentially speaks fluent Russian to provide us with Mass and Sacraments.
"In November, 2004, I began my preparation for the priesthood under Bishop Pivarunas. Last year I studied under Fr. Casimir Puskorius at Mount St. Michael's and this year I am continuing my studies at Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha. Please pray for the Catholic faithful of Russia." (Father Alexander Kryssov, Adsum, November, 2006.)
Father Casimir Puskorius, who is the son of Lithuanian refugees to the United States of America and the nephew of a deceased Lithuanian bishop, spoke in his sermon of the interesting facts involved in the improbably story of Father Kryssov's path to priestly ordination to serve Russian Catholics who desire to make no compromises with conciliarism or to the nonexistent legitimacy of the false shepherds who began to invade the republics of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics following the apparent changes that took place in 1991 with the collapse of that Soviet Union.
Father Kryssov, Father Casimir explained, was born in 1966, the same year as the one thousandth anniversary of the conversion of Poland to the true Faith. Father Kryssov was baptized in 1988, the one thousandth anniversary of the introduction of Catholicism to the people of Rus in what is now Kiev, the capital of The Ukraine. Father Kryssov was baptized in Moscow by a Lithuanian priest, Father Stanislav Mazejka, who came from the very same parish in Lithuanian as Father Casimir's own parents! Father Casimir was amazed at the way in which God's Providence had permitted their two lives to intersect.
Father Mazejka was a classmate of the arch-ecumenist (and a true bishop), Johannes "Cardinal" Willebrands (who died at the age of ninety-six on August 2, 2006), who tried to convince him, Father Mazejka, to accept the "changes" wrought by the "Second" Vatican Council, including the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service. This was part of the effort that Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II made after the apparent collapse of the Soviet Union to "update" the liturgical and doctrinal life of Roman Rite Catholics in the former Soviet republics. Father Mazejka would have not part in that whatsoever. No part at all. He died remaining faithful to the Catholic Faith, which never makes any compromises with apostasy, error, blasphemy, sacrilege or novelty. None.
Father Kryssov, who has a Master's degree in ecclesiastical history from a university in Paris, France, and had studied the Faith for many years prior to his seminary work under Father Casimir and at Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha, Nebraska, was privileged to have Father Rissling, who introduced him to Bishop Pivarunas, serve as his deacon at his first Solemn High Mass yesterday. He will serve faithful Catholics in Russia and other parts of Europe as needed, his very ordination being the fruit of the uncompromising fidelity of so many, including the priests, religious and laity of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, to Our Lady's Fatima Message. Only God Himself knows the seeds that Father Kryssov will plant by means of the graces that will flow forth from the Masses he offers at his priestly hands in the country whose errors Our Lady said would spread until a pope consecrates it to her Immaculate Heart with all of the world's bishops (see Our Lady Does Not Act on Her Own). He may even, as our dear Lucy noted after Mass, have to pay the price for his fidelity to the true Church with his very life, a price that he is more than willing to pay as son of Holy Mother Church and a totally consecrated slave of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pray for Fathers Kryssov and Bernard!
Thus it is, good readers, that Our Lady continues to shower her graces upon us in these times of apostasy and betrayal. While we must be concerned about the apostasies being wrought by the counterfeit church of conciliarism and denounce them vigorously as we pray for the conversion of their progenitors, we must have nothing at all to do with conciliarism in any manner whatsoever, including any degree of "recognition" accorded apostates as "legitimate" holders of ecclesiastical office in the Catholic Church. We must pray, therefore, for more vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated religious life from among the ranks of our own children as we enthrone our homes to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our the duties imposed by our states-in-life permit.
Yes, each one of our sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to suffer once in time and to wound His Mystical Body, the Church Militant on earth, in time. Each one of our sins caused those Seven Swords of Sorrow to be thrust through and through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Yes. Of course.
We can, however, make some small reparation for our own sins by living more penitentially as we pray our Rosaries of reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world, including the sins of the conciliarists who dare to blaspheme God so boldly and to deceive so callously the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood.
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart will triumph. May we play some small part in helping to plant a few seeds for this triumph by our own daily fidelity to her Fatima Message, whose fulfillment will bring upon us the dawning of an era of peace wherein all men everywhere will exclaim during the Reign of Mary:
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
Saint Edward the Confessor, pray for us.
Pope Saint Callistus I, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
For photos of Father Kryssov's First Mass taken by Tom Gilbrough of St. Joseph's Graphics and Photography, see Fr. Kryssov's First Mass