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TREASURES OF TRADITION
Friday, April 19, 2013
Vol. 24, no. 109

Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Part Three: MATINS - Second and Third Nocturns

by

Karl D. Keller

    There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Following the introduction in part one and the First Nocturn of Matins in part two, featured in part three is the Second and Third Nocturns of Matins also said at the stroke of midnight when shortly thereafter a Te Deum is prayed outside of Advent. The prayers are enhanced with sources from which some of the comments are taken in an effort to encourage devout souls to intensify their spiritual exercises in this time of the Great Apostasy.

MATINS    (midnight)

   After introducing you to the importance of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in my first installment Our Lady of the Great Event, and providing the First Nocturn of Matins, today I will share with you the beauty of this office with the Second and Third Nocturns of Matins. I want to console Our Lady by helping to make the recitation of Her Little Office more accessible and consoling to others in the hope that more people will pray it and realize how comforting it is to know that the Mother of God Herself, hundreds of years ago, provided this means of grace to Her children. In order to do that, I have put together the following that I will present each week so that all will eventually have access to the Little Office.

    All of the prayers of the Little Office each time will be listed here with a link to the Psalms at drbo.org for the most exact translation of the Douay-Rheims version. Each psalm will be prefaced by some thoughts from Explanation of the Psalms & Canticles in the Divine Office by none other than St. Alphonsus Liguori, translated by the Rev. T. Livius, C.SS.R., with a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from 1887. To these are added some of my thoughts on how the same psalms relate to the situation through which we are living, an age of Apostasy, which many, myself included, believe to be the Apostasy foretold by St. Paul. I have tried to organize it in such a way as to keep a smooth flow as I will treat a different nocturn each time.

The Hours

    Once all these installments are published, you'll see where one can pray the Little Office from Matins to Compline straight through in about 90 minutes. Nearly half of that is needed for Matins and Lauds. The "little hours" of Prime, Tierce, Sext, and None require only about 7 or 8 minutes each, so all four can be said in around a half hour. These are the hours and psalms for the soldiers of the Church Militant, encouragement for the soldiers of Christ. If your schedule is very crowded and your days very busy, as mine are, and you cannot pray all of the hours, my suggestion is to pray the little hours, either all together in the morning, at noon, or any time really, or at three a.m. (Lauds), six a.m. (Prime), nine a.m. (Tierce), noon (Sext), three p.m. (None), six p.m. (Vespers) and compline just before going to bed or nine p.m.

The Psalms

    The following is taken from The Little Office of our Lady: A Treatise Theoretical, Practical, and Exegetical by Fr. Ethelred L.Taunton with a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from 1903, citing pages 34 - 35:

Second Nocturn of Matins (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Psalm 44
Eructavit cor meum
The excellence of Christ's Kingdom, and the endowments of His Church.

    Psalm 44. A canticle of praise in honor of Jesus Christ, and the Church, His spouse. The Prophet announces plainly in this Psalm the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word, and the victory of the Divine Redeemer over the world. My heart, full of divine illuminations, breaks out into holy words, and utters this hymn in honor of my King, Who is the Messias. My tongue is as the pen in the hand of a rapid writer, who writes all that is dictated to him by the Holy Spirit.

    St. Jerome translates: Go forward, advance from victory to victory, and establish Thy reign in the world. Reign with truth, that is, with fidelity to Thy promises, together with that gentle meekness which Thou usest towards sinners, and with the justice which Thou exercisest in judging the obstinate; thus will Thy power lead Thee on wonderfully to extend Thy kingdom.

    The peoples, conquered by Thy arrows, that is, by the rays of Thy light, which has power to penetrate hearts, will fall and submit themselves to Thee, so that the hearts of Thy enemies, which before despised Thee, shall be brought to adore Thee.

    And thus, O God, Savior of the world, Thy throne, or Thy reign, unlike the temporal reigns of other sovereigns, shall be eternal in Thy Church; and Thy rod, that is, Thy scepter or They government, shall ever be most just.

    Above Thy fellows: It is here said that Jesus Christ is anointed or constituted King of the world. This is to be understood, not of His Divinity, but of His Humanity. We are to understand also by these words that He is anointed with the unction of grace as Head of the faithful, who, through His merits, shall receive graces from God.

    By the garments and ivory houses, is to be understood the most sacred Humanity of the Redeemer. Hence the verse is thus explained: From Thy Humanity comes the odour of most pure and sweet perfumes, which leads the daughters of kings, that is, great souls, to rejoice Thee by running to adore Thee.

    By the queen is understood the Church; it may also be referred to the holy Mother of God, and to every just soul, which is the spouse of Jesus Christ, and therefore a queen, as St. Bernard of Clairvaux says: "Every soul, a spouse. Then is said to this Queen: Hearken My daughter and behold the honor to which thou art raised, and listen to that which thou hast to do."

    And the King shall love thy beauty, He Who is thy Spouse, Whom alone thou oughtest to love, since He is thy Lord and thy God, Whom, in the end, all men must adore.

    Tyre, that is, the Gentile nations, shall honor thee (the Church) with gifts and offerings and among them shall be seen all the great ones of the people, humbly prostrating themselves before thee, to implore thy protection.

    O Spouse of the Savior [Holy Church], instead of the fathers of old, the patriarchs and the prophets who are now no more, there are born to thee sons, the Apostles, the disciples and their successors, whom thou hast constituted princes over the whole earth, for by their preaching of the Gospel thou hast subjected all the nations to thy obedience. And therefore the nations, converted to the faith, will never cease to adore Thee.

    Ant. With Thy comeliness.
    Then go to Psalm 44.
    Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then:
    Ant. With Thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign.


Psalm 45
Deus noster refugium
The Church in persecution trusteth in the protection of God.

    Psalm XLV. St. Ambrose, St. Jerome, St. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom... concur in teaching that this Psalm is to be understood of the Catholic Church with regard to the victories she has gained over her persecutors, and her stability under the protection of God.

    We should not lose courage though we beheld all the waters of the sea agitated with such violence that rocks as high as mountains were moved by them. But in the midst of all these storms, the Lord will cause to flow down a river of peace, which shall rejoice the city of God, that is, the Holy Church, which the Most High has chosen for His temple, by sanctifying it with His grace.

    God will never depart from her midst, assisting her from the first dawn of the morning, that is, from the first moment of her birth.

    St. Jerome - At the establishment of the Church, the nations were troubled and the kingdoms were shaken. But for ourselves we have no cause to fear, privileged as we are.

    Therefore, you who are my servants, leave alone your earthly cares and employ yourselves in reflecting that I alone Myself am God, for Whom all things exist, and upon Whom all things depend; a day will come when I shall be exalted, that is, acknowledged as the sovereign Lord of the universe, by the nations, and throughout the whole earth.

    There could not be a more consoling psalm than this one in these days when the Church finds herself in the midst of the roaring waters and the shaking of the earth! To human eyes, all seems lost. But, like Our Lord in Peter's boat during the storm, God is in the midst thereof, it, the Church, shall not be moved. Let our humility manifest itself in our allowing God to handle the situation for us. Be still and see that I am God. HE is God - we are NOT! We must pray, sacrifice, trust. Let our humility exude a sweet fragrance after the example of Our Lady. When God calls upon us to act, let us act, but let us not feel that the restoration of Holy Mother Church is in our hands. Remember Gideon and his army, which God whittled down to 300 men to make it clear that the victory was His. God will act, He will be exalted among the nations. The God of Jacob is our protector. The Humble Virgin leads us in battle.

    Be still.          Be still.           Be still.

    Ant. God shall help Her.
    Then go to Psalm 45
    Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then:
    Ant. God shall help Her with His countenance: God is in the midst of Her, She shall not be moved.


Psalm 86
Fundamenta ejus
The glory of the Church of Christ.

    Psalm LXXXVI. A praise of Sion, or of Jerusalem, which God chose for His dwelling-place. Jerusalem being a figure of the Church, the Holy Fathers and commentators agree that this Psalm speaks of the Catholic Church, founded on the holy mountains; that is, on the Apostles, as St. Jerome and St. Augustine... explain, and as may be inferred from those words of S. Paul: Built upon the foundation of the Apostles (Eph. ii. 20). We append here, with St. Robert Bellarmine, this passage from St. John: The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb (Apocalypse xxi. 14).

    After God calms the storm and proves to the world that the Church is His, Glorious things will be said of her. Babylon, Tyre, Egypt, Ethiopia, foreigners all will be forced to acknowledge that God is God. The Church is for all, for this man and that man, peoples and princes, all of them have their dwelling in the Church. All will have to acknowledge that Christ has conquered: Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler, Christ Jesus Lord and Redeemer.

    Perhaps it has appeared that there seems to be a trend in the themes of these Psalms? And perhaps this theme is the reason that Our Lady was so insistent that Mother Mariana and her sisters persevere in the recitation of the Little Office. As noted above, the sister and Mother Mariana in the Franciscan convent in Quito, Ecuador were persecuted by the authorities under false pretenses. They were thrown into the convent jail underground and could not assist at Mass, could not recite the Divine Office, just as the Church Militant in our days is underground, deprived of the Sacraments and the Mass, and attacked by authorities for simply wanting to hold on to the traditions that were handed down from Christ through His Apostles.

    So yes! There is a common thread. Our Lady wanted Mother Mariana and her sisters, and she wants us to recite the Little Office so that we will be encouraged to persevere; be reminded of Christ's promise to be with us always, and that the gates of hell would not prevail against us. Of this we must never doubt - The Church will Triumph - The Immaculate Heart of Mary will Triumph - Christ the King will reign. Satan's greatest joy, if it were possible for him to feel joy, is to make people quit just at the moment when the victory was about to be theirs. That is to say, he loves to make people quit and not persevere. But quitting is an act of pride! It is saying to God that one does not approve of His handling of the situation and that we no longer want to submit to it. To suffer, to persevere, is to be humble. To say, Dear God, I don't understand, but let it be done according to Thy will. That is humility; that is the Imitation of Christ in a nutshell. Let us follow Our Lady's example. Let's say Thy will be done even if we don't really understand it.

    Ant. As of people all rejoicing.
    Then go to Psalm 86
    Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then:
    Ant. As of people all rejoicing: so is our habitation in Thee.


Third Nocturn of Matins (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

Psalm 95
Cantate Domino
An exhortation to all creatures to praise God.

    Psalm XCV. This Psalm is substantially the second part of the one found in 1 Paral, xvi. 7 - 36, which David composed when the Ark was transferred from the house of Obededom to the Tabernacle erected on Mount Sion, which is a figure of the Catholic Church. In this Psalm the Israelites are invited to praise God; and especially are Christians called on to serve with fidelity our Lord Jesus Christ. With St. Jerome, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, and with the generality of commentators, St. Bellarmine says that the chief aim of David in this Psalm was to foretell the coming reign of the Messias.

    How appropriate for our situation is this Psalm! In David's time, the Ark was not where it ought to have been. It was not in the Temple on Mount Sion. The Ark held the tablets of the Law, the Manna, Aaron's staff. If, as St. Robert Bellarmine and others say, Mount Sion is a type of the Church, we can see that this epoch was a foreshadowing of our own: the Mass, the Sacraments, the Faith, all that we Catholics hold dear has been driven from its rightful place in the Tabernacle - the Church. This Psalm reminds us that it shall be restored. Just as King David sang a new canticle because God's proper order had been restored with the restoration of the Ark to Mount Sion, so will God's holy Will be done and the Church be restored. Because the Lord is great, to be feared above all so-called gods. The gods of the gentiles are devils but the Lord made the heavens - He is the true God. Just so, those who have attacked the Church serve the devil and their house shall not stand. The Holy Sacrifice shall return to the sanctuary of the Church and the false church of darkness shall be driven from Rome. Then we shall say with King David "He hath corrected the world!" "Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad." All things in the world shall be joyful because the Lord shall judge the world with justice and His people with truth.

    And how will He choose to accomplish this great act? We see the answer in the antiphon: Rejoice O Virgin Mary, thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in the whole world! The Immaculate Heart of Mary shall triumph. God has chosen to come to us through her and through her, He will restore the Church and through her, Christ the King shall reign forever, because that is how He has ordained it. This Great Event will come and those who persevere, those who, like the wise virgins who kept their lamps filled with oil are ready for the Master's return will rejoice with Our Lady of the Great Event! May it come soon.

    Ant. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary..
    Then go to Psalm 95
    Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then:
    Ant. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, thou alone hast destroyed all heresies in the whole world.


Psalm 96
Dominus regnavit
Joy at the coming and reign of Christ.

    Psalm XCVI. Mattei says that the Fathers saw in this Psalm the first and the second coming of the Redeemer into the world: whence he concludes that the spiritual is the principal sense of the Psalm.

    1. The Lord has already come to govern and to judge the world: let then all the earth and all the isles of the sea rejoice.

    2. The firmness of His tribunal will consist in the justice of His judgments.

    3. Fire will burn up everything at the last day; as St. Peter writes: "The earth and the works which are in it shall be burnt up" (2 Peter iii. 10).

    4. Shone [Here, and in the following verses the past tense is used for the future.] -The lightnings shall be seen flashing over the whole earth.

    6. The heavens with marvelous signs will declare His justice.

    7. Then shall be put to confusion - in the protection of the idols they invoke.

    8. Sion, the faithful people, the Church, hearing of these things was [will be] full of joy.

    9. The same faithful people - Knowing that Thou art to judge the world.

      Ant. Vouchsafe
      Then go to Psalm 96
      Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then:
      Ant.
      Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O sacred Virgin: give me strength against thine enemies.


    Psalm 97
    Cantate Domino
    Invitation to praise the Lord for the victories of Christ.

    Psalm XCVII. The Psalmist thanks God for having delivered the Jewish people from captivity; and under this figure, he foretells the coming of Jesus Christ and the Redemption of mankind.

    1. For the wonderful things he has done on behalf of His servants.

    2. Christ has saved men for Himself, that is, for His own glory. - And all has been the work of His holy arm.

    3. The salvation which He has provided for the world, He has by means of His Apostles, manifested His justice, that is, His faithfulness in the accomplishment of the promised Redemption.

    4. God is said to remember, when He fulfills a promise that He has made; now He had promised the people of Israel to come and save mankind; and He remembered His mercy and faithfulness by accomplishing this promise.

As St. Alphonsus Liguori says, this psalm thanks God for the deliverance of the Jewish people. We should thank Him as well for our deliverance from the eclipse of the Church because it is just as certain to happen as if it had already been accomplished. All of nature will be moved, all the world will rejoice at the restoration of all things in Christ because His justice and equity will reign. The Church shall be restored.

    Note the antiphon for this Psalm: After childbirth thou didst remain a pure Virgin: intercede for us, O Mother of God. Our Lady's virginity, her purity, her immaculate sinless self, was the same after childbirth as it was before. This antiphon reminds us that Holy Church, will be restored to her glory after the trials and tribulations of her exile are over.

    The Church's struggles will not cause her purity and spotless character to be marred. She will be restored to the rejoicing of all the earth. Although Our Lady did not suffer the travails of childbirth, she did have her Son, Jesus, leave her immaculate womb, she did, in a sense, suffer a loss, since Christ was no longer within her, similar to the state in which the Church finds herself, in a way abandoned, as when Christ said, "My God, my God, why hast though forsaken Me?" - "Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabbacthani"

    The Church may justly now ask the same question and recall, perhaps, the sense of emptiness Our Lady must have felt when the Babe was no longer in her womb. And yet, after the life, death, passion, resurrection and ascension of her Son into Heaven, she herself was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven, and all was restored to its original perfection. So shall it be with the Church. She will be restored to Her glory. When this Great Event happens we shall make a joyful noise before the Lord our King!

    Ant. After childbirth.
    Then go to Psalm 97
    Complete the Psalm with Glory Be... and then: Ant. After childbirth thou didst remain a pure virgin: intercede for us, O Mother of God.


    End of the Nocturn

      V. Grace is poured forth on thy lips.
      R. Therefore hath God blessed thee forever.
      Our Father, said in secret.
      V. And lead us not into temptation.
      R. But deliver us from evil.
      Absolution. By the prayers and merits of the blessed Mary ever Virgin, and of all the Saints, may the Lord bring us to the kingdom of heaven.
      R. Amen.
      V. Pray, sir, a blessing.
      Benediction. May the Virgin Mary, with her loving Child, bless us.
      R. Amen.

    You'll note, that though it is the end of the Nocturn, there are still Lessons to be read and additional prayers recited. I will now lay out the various Lessons and how they correlate to the liturgical season for Matins.


The Lessons outside of Advent and Lent

Lesson i: Eccliasticus 24: 11-13.

      And by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all the high and low: and in all these I sought rest, and I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord. Then the creator of all things commanded, and said to me: and he that made me, rested in my tabernacle, And he said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect.
      V.But Thou, Lord, have mercy on us.
      R. Thanks be to God.
R. O holy and immaculate Virgin, with what praises I shall extol thee, I know not: * For He whom the heavens could not contain rested in thy bosom.
V. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb. * For He whom the heavens could not contain rested in thy bosom.
V. Pray, sir, a blessing.
    Benediction May the Virgin of virgins herself intercede for us with the Lord.
    R. Amen.


Lesson ii: Ecclesiasticus 24: 15-16.

      And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem. And I took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God His inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
      V.But Thou, Lord, have mercy on us.
      R. Thanks be to God.
R. Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Lord, the Creator of the world: * Thou wast the mother of Him who made thee, and thou remainest a pure virgin forever.
V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. * Thou wast the mother of Him who made thee, and thou remainest a pure virgin forever.


Te Deum Hymn of St. Ambrose and St. Augustine

We praise Thee, O God, * we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship Thee, * the Father everlasting.
To thee all Angels cry aloud, * the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubim and Seraphim * continually do cry.
Holy, Holy, Holy, * Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full * of the Majesty of thy glory.
The glorious company of the Apostles * praise Thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets * praise Thee.
The noble army of Martyrs * praise Thee.
The Holy Church throughout all the world * doth acknowledge Thee;
The Father, * of an infinite Majesty.
Thine honourable, true, * and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost, * the Comforter.
Thou art the King of Glory, * O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting * Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest upon Thee to deliver man, * Thou didst not abhor the Virgin's womb.
When Thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death,
Thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand of God, * in the glory of the Father.
We believe that Thou shalt come * to be our Judge.

Kneel
We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants, * whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious Blood.
Rise
Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints, * in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people, * and bless Thine heritage.
Govern them, * and lift them up forever.
Day by day * we magnify Thee;
And we worship Thy Name * ever, world without end.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us * this day without sin.
O Lord, have mercy upon us, * have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let Thy mercy lighten upon us, * as our trust is in Thee.
O Lord, in Thee have I trusted, * let me never be confounded.

When the Te Deum is said, i.e., outside of Advent, before Septuagesima and after Easter, add:

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, * Thou wast the mother of Him who made thee, and thou remainest a pure virgin forever.
V. Pray, sir, a blessing.
    Benediction: Through the Virgin Mother, may the Lord grant unto us salvation and peace.
    R. Amen.


Lesson iii: Ecclesiasticus 24: 17-20.

    I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress tree on mount Sion. I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades, and as a rose plant in Jericho: As a fair olive tree in the plains, and as a plane tree by the water in the streets, was I exalted. I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon. and aromatical balm: I yielded a sweet odour like the best myrrh.
    R. Deo grátias.


The Lessons during Advent

Lesson i: Luke 1: 26-28.

    And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin' s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
    V.But Thou, Lord, have mercy on us.
    R. Thanks be to God.
R. The angel Gabriel was sent to Mary, a Virgin espoused to Joseph, announcing to her the word, and the Virgin was afraid at the light. Fear not, Mary, thou hast found grace with the Lord: * Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a Son, and He shall be called the Son of the Most High.
V. The Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father, and He shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son, and He shall be called the Son of the Most High.
V. Pray, sir, a blessing.
    Benediction: May the Virgin of virgins herself intercede for us with the Lord.
    R. Amen.


Lesson ii: Luke 1: 29-33.

    Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father; and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.
    V.But Thou, Lord, have mercy on us.
    R. Thanks be to God.
R. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. * The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, for the Holy, that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.
V. How shall this be done, seeing I know not man? And the angel answering said unto her. * The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, for the Holy, that shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.
V. Pray, sir, a blessing.
    Benediction: Through the Virgin Mother, may the Lord grant unto us salvation and peace. R. Amen.


Lesson iii: Luke 1: 34-38.

    And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
    V.But Thou, Lord, have mercy on us.

    R. Thanks be to God.

    In the next installment we will treat the Second Office of the Day - Lauds, which is said at dawn. Again, I encourage you to allot time in the future to include this meaningful practice in your life for saying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I know She'll greatly appreciate it and respond with many graces.

Karl D. Keller


      Karl D. Keller is a Catholic trying to live and die as a loyal son of Holy Mother Church. A father of nine, grandfather of five (so far!), he believes all things revealed by God through His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He rejects anything else, even if it comes from men who do not keep the Catholic Faith and pretend that they can change it. Only Catholics can hold office in the Church. His goal is to encourage others who are trying to keep the Faith not to despair, but to persevere, with the help of The Mother of God, by promoting the recitation of Her Little Office, and the apparitions in Quito, Ecuador in the 1600s, where she described herself as, Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, which does not mean Our Lady of Good Success, but rather, Our Lady of the Good/Great Event, referring to the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the Reign of Christ the King. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!



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