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This Council, held in 787, is best remembered, spurred on by Pope Hadrian I, as condemning the heresy of Iconoclasm - the hatred for sacred images. When one visits many churches today one might think iconoclasm has returned via the modern liturgical architecture.
Atila Sinke Guimar„es conveys the symbol of the sword as meaningful in the fight to revive and resuscitate the Church Militant in this time of malaise when many refer to her as the 'Church Tolerant.'
Editor Michael Cain respectfully, but uncompromisingly asks the Holy Father to consider the plight of the Pilgrim Church today in an open letter to Pope John Paul II.
Dr. Frank Joseph points out there is only one cure for foot-in-mouth disease: honesty; something Bill Clinton is sorely lacking in as Dr. Frank documents.
Dr. Tom Droleskey emphasizes that as Catholics if we truly love our country, we will endeavor to reestabish through prayer and persistence the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ so that all nations can deserve the peace promised by God.
Dr. Marian Horvat continues her series, portraying the true role of the woman as a model held in high esteem by the Church for so many centuries as she explains in the seventh of a multi-parter on the Egalitarian Revolution.
We continue with a comparison of the true Roman rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with the New rite of the Mass established by Paul VI in 1969 - today focusing on the most sacred moment of the Holy Mass - the Consecration - so all readers can see how much of the sacred and meaning has been lost and seek to restore it to its proper honor and reverence.
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen illustrates how Fatima is so significant in the eventual conversion of the Muslims.
Fifth part of Chapter Three - The Act part two. The Great Sacrilege, written in 1971 by the dauntless Traditional priest Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J., picks up where the Ottaviani Intervention left off.
Father Jacques Emily pinpoints in part two of two parts the problems with accepting the Moslem propaganda.
Robert Quinn points out in a poignant poem what Thanksgiving truly means and that to truly celebrate our gifts from God we must kneel before Him.
Fourth Episode of Chapter Three: As we learn more about a few of the members of the Legion of the Basilisk, one is ready to sell what he knows - even his soul - for the next elixir to calm the demons within.
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A Very Blessed Thanksgiving to all and may the Most Holy Eucharist always sustain and nourish you!
English Prayer of Grace Before and After Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits, Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Latin Prayer of Grace Before and After Meals
Benedic, Domine, nos et haec tua dona quae de
tua largitate sumus sumpturi. Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
Agimus tibi gratias, omnipotens Deus, pro
universis beneficiis tuis, qui vivis et regnas in saecula
saeculorum. Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.
Answer to last quiz: The vast majority assumed Saint Gregory I - also known as 'Gregory the Great' - was the one who introduced the asperges and gave great pomp to the liturgy because he developed Gregorian Chant. However, in truth, the Pope who was responsible for enhancing a greater awe of the Blessed Sacrament in the liturgy was Pope Saint Leo II, the same Sovereign Pontiff who concluded the Third Council of Constantinople featured in the last issue. Pope Saint Leo I called the Council of Chalcedon. Pope Gregory VII, who received few votes, was the holy monk Hildebrand and the Pope most remembered in the medieval Church for his establishing the Pope as supreme over all temporal authorities.
We continue with the General or Ecumenical Councils of the Church with the seventh in this issue.
Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory by adding the Prayer of Saint Gertrude the Great after the Fatima Prayer. During November countless Souls are released everytime this prayer is said for that intention: "Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son Jesus Christ, in union with all the Holy Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory and for sinners everywhere: for sinners in the universal Church, in my home and in my family. Amen."
The Rosary of Mary is our most powerful weapon. Click on the Rosary below to recite the full Rosary in either English or Latin.
Second Council of Nicaea|
Just over a century after the Third Council of Constantinople, a 7th General Council was necessary to deal with the heresy of Iconoclasm. The Council was called by the Empress Irene - the widow of the late Emperor Leo IV and mother of the Emperor Constantine IV - to head off the growing unrest with the Eastern Bishops who were spreading the heresy of Iconoclasm fostered by Emperor Leo III. The latter had been fiercely condemned by Pope Hadrian I, Sovereign Pontiff during this time, as well as his predecessors Popes Gregory II and Pope Gregory III. A great Doctor of the Church Saint John Damascene had also defended images as a means of reverence. At the core was the growing split and resentment between East and West.
For the full documents of the seventh Ecumenical Council see NICAEA TWO
For this year's Thanksgiving, editor Michael Cain pens an open letter to His Holiness John Paul II in addressing the problems in the Church today and pleading with the Pope to right the Barque of Peter by returning to the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church in his commentary Plight of the Pilgrims
Echoes of True Catholicism
Dr. Marian Horvat shows how the Catholic culture passed down over the ages was an excellent environment to nurture virtue and the essence of God's vocational purpose for woman, but in the temptations of the world, flesh and the devil this dignity of womanhood has suffered greatly because it goes against God's design for the fair sex as Dr. Horvat illustrates in part seven of The Egalitarian Revolution
Christ or chaos
Dr. Tom Droleskey brings to the attention of all the importance of perpetually working for the establishment of the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ. It is appropriate to run it in this issue between the Traditional Feast of Christ the King on the final Sunday of October and the new liturgy's designation as this upcoming last Sunday before Advent. Regardless, Tom points out the necessity for carrying on this campaign for it is the answer to all our woes as he explains in his column Our Love of Country is Premised on Love of Christ the King
Precious Gift of our Faith
Catechetical Apologetic Series based on My Catholic Faith on the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The 248th installment of "Appreciating the Precious Gift of the Faith" provides the answers of how we can restore the lost reverence for the Mass of the Faithful by adhering to the rubrics set in stone with part three The Consecration
Pro Life Prescriptions
Dr. Frank Joseph exposes the Hoya hogwash that Bill Clinton spewed recently at Georgetown when he blamed Americans instead of pointing the finger where the true terror that has beset our country truly is - the Terror in the Womb. He shows the incongruities of slick Willie's hollow words in Amnesic and amoral Clinton still suffering from foot-in-mouth disease!
Standing with the Church Militant On the BattleLine
Atila Sinke Guimar„es points out what Christ meant in bringing a sword rather than peace. This meaning is so often misinterpreted and Atila shows how the true purpose reinforces what the Church Militant must do to offset the lukewarmness and laxity so prevalent in the post-conciliar phase of the "Church Tolerant" in his column The Symbol of the Sword in Today's Defense of the Church
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen points out that conversion to Catholicism among Moslems is very much linked to the Apparitions at Fatima for Mohammed's daughter was named Fatima and Moslems, despite their rejection of Jesus as the Son of God, have a respect for Our Lady. The Fatima Link for Moslems
Fr. Jacques Emily completes a two part feature on what is truly at stake as so many are swayed by the rhetoric of political correctness and religious liberties. He warns us to be on guard in his article The Lie Behind the Islam Propaganda
Liturgy of the Saints
This Thanksgiving week begins with the Traditional Feast of the widow Saint Elizabeth and the Feast of the Martyr Pope Saint Pontianus on Monday, November 19th, followed by the Feast of the Confessor Saint Felix of Valois on Tuesday. Wednesday is the joyful Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Thanksgiving Day is the Feast of the Martyr and Virgin Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. Friday we commemorate the Feast of the Martyr Pope Saint Clement I and Saturday the Feast of the Confessor and Doctor of the Church Saint John of the Cross. Sunday in the new liturgy is the Feast of CHRIST THE KING, celebrated in the Traditional Rite on the last Sunday of October. For these feasts see Liturgical Calendar of Traditional Roman Rite For reflections on the appropriate Sunday after Pentecost, see Fr. Cusick's reflections
The Great Sacrilege
Father James F. Wathen, O.S.J. has granted permission to publish his entire work which was first published by Tan Books in 1971, and which we urge you to read for everything he wrote back then is backed by the solid depositum fidei - the Sacred Deposit of the Faith and still holds true. Part Five of Chapter Three The Act - part two.
Robert Quinn has submitted a powerful, inspiring poem of where the Holy of Holies must be in our churches and our lives as he presents his poem A Lamp is Not Hidden Away
White Smoke, Black Fire!
4th episode of the 3rd Chapter of an on-line novel. An old beggar, willing to sell his soul to the devil for an elixir from the pain, has information that could be valuable to a mysterious figure in the dark alleys of Rome if the addict can stay sober long enough to remember as Part I - "The Unleashing" comes to an end.
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