Chalice of Love, 2022

previously published in 2019.

I found this delightful essay, which is posted anonymously on the Society’s website, and wanted to share it with you.  Of all the  facets of Mary, one of the most delightful, it seems to me, is that of her as the Chalice of Love. This consideration of her has never ceased to fill me with tenderest thoughts of God’s love for His most beloved, pure and  precious Creature and for us. God our Father gives us His Love in this Chalice of Love, Mary, our Mother!

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THE CHALICE, SYMBOL OF MARY

December 14, 2019

What are the qualities of the chalice
and what is their meaning for our lives?

First, the precious metal in its dazzling beauty: a challenge to cleanse ourselves more and more from every stain of sin, and also from what is worldly and worthless. Then the insight into how precious our life is, our body and especially our soul, created in God’s image and likeness, predestined to share in the beauty of the Immaculata. This chalice, by itself, is quite empty, quite poor. Within it nothing of the world is found, not a speck of dust, nothing worldly, however beautiful it may be.

This attitude of complete self-emptying, of complete detachment from self, of total spiritual poverty, is an essential feature of the Immaculata: she has nothing for herself, she does not think about herself, she is completely poor and emptied of self; one might say that her ego does not exist. This is the only possible attitude of the creature toward its Creator, when the latter bends down in infinite mercy to our nothingness in order to fill it.

Then the chalice is quite open to what is above. The sides of the chalice are like the outspread hands of the Orante, full of longing and devotion. This is the virginal Heart of Mary, which lives in expectation of God and for God, as totally as a Bride for her Bridegroom. All her thoughts, words and deeds are directed toward Him, completely for Him. Mary gives us this longing for God and makes our hearts become pure of all disordered desires that pull us down.

This longing is fulfilled through consecration and communion. The open heart receives the divine light and the warm, flowing blood of life. This is the purpose for which the chalice exists, and for this alone: that the transformation might take place in it, i.e. that Christ might renew His life, His suffering and death in it. As Elizabeth of the Trinity puts it so profoundly: “May I be for Him an additional humanity, in which He can renew His mystery in its entirety.” But this involves the union of one’s will with God’s will, as completely as Mary was united with Christ in utmost obedience.

The liturgy emphasizes that not only the contents of the chalice are offered, but the chalice itself (“We offer to Thee the chalice of salvation…”), so as to suggest discretely that the one Sacrifice of Christ is nevertheless the sacrifice of Mary as well, that the submission of the New Adam is inseparably united with the submission of the New Eve: that of the Redeemer with that of the Co-Redemptrix.

We all must place ourselves in this chalice like the little drop of water during the Offertory. As we are assimilated to the qualities of the chalice, we become a worthy vessel of God’s presence, filled and imbued with the Blood of Christ. A perpetual gaze upon the chalice is an immersion into her Immaculate Heart. Thus, we receive into ourselves Christ’s loving deed, in all its fullness.

Thus, Mary is the spiritual space, the holy atmosphere, the sanctuary, in which we are transformed, so as to understand and penetrate ever more deeply into the great divine drama and to receive interiorly all the fruits of this tree of life. “The Heart of Mary is the living altar upon which the sacrifice is offered. This pierced Heart is also the server at the altar, whose heartbeat is the liturgical responses. It is the censer, in which the faith, hope, love and adoration of the whole world ascends like incense before the Lamb who was slain. It is the choir of this formidable Mass, surpassing all the angels. Was not the silence of Mary’s wondrous sufferings like the singing of secret, ineffable songs to the enraptured ear of the bloody Victim?” (Fr. Faber) (From: FSSPX.news)

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Indeed, she is the altar upon which His sacrifice is offered, and she is also the Chalice of His love. And just think on it! She is our Mother! Why do so many ignore this wonderful blessing? Here is such beauty, sweetness and hope! It is so good to think on this with the Rosary – The Angel Gabriel was the messenger; he only told Mary what God Himself was saying to this beautiful, perfectly pure young Virgin, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” And when we say these words, we become a part of this loving scene – Yes! We are there in the very midst of the Most Holy Trinity and the object of this infinite, Divine Love, Mary Immaculate.

The Hail Mary is God’s love song to the Mother He chose for His beloved Son and also for us; and because God is three Persons in one, it is the love song of this Divine Son for His Mother; and the love song of the Holy Spirit for His chosen Spouse, beloved from all time.

With this exquisitely  simple prayer, He teaches us to love her, to love Him and to love our fellow sinners and pray for them. God made us in love and redeemed us in love. And in the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Blessed Sacrament, He sustains us with His love.

We abide in His love with the prayers of our Rosaries. Let us never tire of these Hail Marys; they are our hearts beating with Her Immaculate Heart.

Please pray for our priests. Those who are loyal to the Immaculata suffer greatly with her under this reign of apostates. Please do not waste a single little cross. Offer everything up – We have much work to do!

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)

 ✝︎  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
 ✝︎  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
 ✝︎  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
 ✝︎ St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Pray the Rosary – save sinners!

Falling Like Stars, June 2020

Today’s post was originally published in 2015 and it foretold the attacks on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the priesthood. Tell me, please – which Church leader among our many “excellencies” and “Eminences” is defending the faith in any substantial way, that is, by rallying faithful Catholics to return to the message of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima,? Only through obedience to God’s will, can sufficient reparation be made.

“And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth.”
(Apocalypse 12, v. 3-4).

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MASS!

One point worth repeating is that the message at Fatima began with a warning from St. Michael the Archangel about abuses against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist and then it presents Our Lady offering the remedy for this assault from satan. I want to be very clear on this point: God sends to us His most beloved creature, the most pure and ever Virgin Mary, whom He chose to provide the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Again, the Sacred Body and Precious Blood, sacrificed for our redemption were provided through the Immaculate Virgin Mary. In that sense, we are united with her through our Holy Communions. She is the Mother of the Holy Catholic Church, and she is as well, the Mother of the Mass! This Immaculata is our only means to restore the essential Holy Sacrifice. If we continue to offend her by our indifference to her commands, there will be no further help given. I have updated this post from 2015 in the hope that it may help convince of the importance of our situation, which is dire. You will very soon lose even more than you already have lost. The world is on the brink of chaos and I have been unable to bring myself to speak of what will happen.

In the next few posts, I’ll try to wrap it up and my next newsletters will be on the last few remedies you will have. I do wish some of the important blogs that get seen by many people could have understood the importance of true Consecration to Jesus through the Immaculata. But they have strayed into error, thinking that any devotion to the Immaculate Heart is sufficient. They do this because they are not able to discern. They are not able to discern for the obvious reasons, as amply explained in sacred scripture and church teaching and repeated so often here.

And now, when it is most important, Our Lady is attacked and insulted by those who pretend to be most devoted to her. They are pious frauds. This is so much more important than you understand – yes, Our Lord said that “it is never too late to turn to Jesus and Mary” – that means you can still save your soul until the moment your soul is required of you. But sadly, many will find that they have forfeited the precious souls entrusted to them. These souls depend on our obedience.

FALLING LIKE STARS 2015, UPDATED FOR 2020

Today we have, among other things a prophecy from the Ninth Century which applies to just these times. It was originally posted in October 2015, as Pope Bergoglio began his efforts to destroy the Mass, the Sacred Priesthood and the Sacrament of Marriage. An ambitious program to be sure but one that he has easily continued with the complicity of most of the clergy.

We see in the quote from Apocalypse 12 (at the top) that by referring to the Dragon as a “sign” that it is not Satan but rather, a person which represents the power of Satan in the world, such as one who works for the evil, worldly institutions which constitute the body of Satan as opposed to the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ Our Lord.

Father Herman Kramer, in his commentary on this passage of the Apocalypse believes it to indicate that through the evil powers of the world, satan will enter the Church to:

“interfere with her liberty and …  having long before directed the choosing of candidates for the episcopate will now endeavor by threats of force to hinder the election of the worthiest candidate for the papacy.  The seven heads may be seven world-powers existing and holding sway over the world at that time.”

Regarding the tail of the dragon drawing down a third part of the stars of heaven, Fr. Kramer explains,

“Before the appearance of Antichrist, ‘one third’ of the stars shall follow the dragon. This is a compulsory apostasy shown by the Greek word, which means ‘to drag by force’. The subsequent phrase, ‘and cast them to the earth’, specifies this meaning with greater precision. Satan will probably through the evil world-powers of the time exercise such tyranny over the church as to leave the clergy the alternative of submission to the government or martyrdom by death or imprisonment and will enforce the acceptance of unchristian morals, false doctrines, compromise with error, or obedience to the civil rulers in violation of conscience. … The text suggests a use of the apostate clergy, after their own defection, in persecuting the Church. Verse nine clearly states that those who will not brave martyrdom will surrender to Satan. The dragon will have them doing his will.”

When Fr. Kramer wrote this, he did not have the “benefit” that we have of living in these times. We now know that the “evil world powers” tyrannizing the Church are fully within it, and are not only external governments. They are obviously allied  with the world powers yet they are definitely within the Church. 2020 NOTE: See the complicity of Parolin and Bergoglio against faithful Catholics in China. As of June 23, 2020: A defector from Communist China has reported that the Communist government of China pays the corrupt Bergoglian-occupied Vatican about $2 Billion a year to keep silent as faithful Catholics are persecuted and martyred for the faith. And Judas only received 30 pieces of silver!

Kramer then quotes St. Methodius, who speaks of these “stars”

“And the stars, which the dragon touched with the end of his tail, and drew them down to the earth, are the bodies of heresies; for we must say that the stars, which are dark, obscure, and falling are the assemblies of the heterodox”. The verse seems to allude to Isaias (IX. 15-16). The tail is a symbol of lying and hypocrisy. Through false doctrines and principles, Satan will mislead the clergy, who will have become worldly-minded, haughty, hypocritical, obsequient avaricious sycophants. …  many will enter the priesthood from bad motives. They will look to the Church to satisfy their ambition and avarice and will think it easier to gain an honorable position in the Church than in the world.

… Such have not the spirit of sacrifice or mortification in the priesthood, and when persecution shall “sift them as wheat”, they shall be found to be chaff. By their lax principles they will infect the laity. They will easily welcome a mitigation or change of doctrine to sanction the lukewarm lives they want to lead. Then will Satan see a rich harvest ripening for himself. The symbolic meaning of the dragon’s tail may reveal that the clergy who are ripe for apostasy will hold the influential positions in the Church having won preferment by hypocrisy, deceit and flattery.

The great apostasy will then most likely include the laity as well as the clergy. The apostasy of the laity is a constant process of elimination of the lukewarm and indifferent. … The voluptuous, the drunkards, the impure who commit crimes and abuses against marriage, the fornicators, the proud and avaricious, the lukewarm and indifferent and all who are not ready to suffer everything the world can inflict on them will certainly be drawn into apostasy by the dragon’s power.

All those will apostatize who are “without faith”, i.e. unfaithful, unjust and untrustworthy; they desecrate sacred things (Soph. III. 4). Those priests also will follow the dragon who surrender to the wishes of such people as want to hear “pleasant things” (Isa. XXX. 10). And those will fall away who fear for their own interests and will not remonstrate against evil practices in the Church. (The Book of Destiny, Fr. H. Kramer, Kindle Ed.)

Citing Jeremiah 5, 31, Father Kramer tells us, “If bishops weakly give sanction to false principles, and priests praise them to be in their good graces, and the people love laxity, they will all apostatize.”

2020 NOTE: Remember that the following was written in the original “Falling Like Stars”, October, 2015:

“I offer these thoughts because very soon, Pope Francis will stage his Synod, which will have very little to do with what we expect of a Synod. From what Tosatti reports, the Pope has already prepared the final report without the input of the Bishops. (See Rorate here and here.) The Pope has already, on his own issued his Moto Proprio initiating “no fault annulments” and he has already declared the “Year of Mercy, to begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8. He will have his “Missionaries of Mercy” and no doubt issue his transformation of the Sacrament of Penance by initiating some sort of Ordo Paenitentium.

NOTE: In actuality,  the Ordo Paenitentium. proved to be unnecessary, as evidenced by  Bergoglio’s action’s with Argentine President Fernandez and his concubine.

Bergoglio gave the pro-abortion President and the concubine with whom he is living Holy Communion, thus demonstrating for all the faithful his determination that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ be given into the profane hands of public, unrepentant sinners.  This is the apostasy at the highest level spoken of, warned of for so long. Did  any of our esteemed trad leaders call for reparation? Did even one single Bishop institute in his parish the First Saturdays of Reparation for this monumental outrage?

Why did not even one  Bishop establish First Saturdays of Reparation?

Why does not one Bishop obey Our Lady of Fatima? 

What do you expect will be Our Lord’s response to this abominable indifference?

While his sycophants in the lapdog press assure us “No dogma is damaged by this”, and chortle over the neurotic fears of those rigid traditionals, the apostate bishops will quietly put the “new norms” into place, welcoming those who persist in their sins to receive the Body of Christ. Our poor priests are going to have to decide whether to leave their posts, their parishes, and their benefits, or hold on to them and thereby apostatize with the rest.

Dear Friends of Return to Fatima:

There is a concentrated, very determined effort to silence this message. Every single traditional Catholic talking head has decided to keep mum on Archbishop Vigano’s  promotion of. Civitavecchia under the guise of promoting the Message of Fatima as a worthy Marian devotion. They are offending Our Lady greatly and they would do well to recall Elizabeth Canori-Mora’s prophecy.

Not one trad media outlet has allowed the truth to emerge: If Archbishop Vigano truly wants to serve Our Lady of Fatima, he must work with the Bishops to promote reparation for this pope’s horrendous sacrilege against the Mass, the Sacraments, against his attempts to destroy the sacred priesthood – and the way to do this is by promoting the long-awaited First Saturdays of Reparation and not by burying the Fatima message in a barrage of new devotions which serve usury.

I do wish that the big and powerful blogs could rise above their perfectly understandable distaste for me personally, and graciously deign to preach the truth to the faithful who are starving for it. To them I say, speak the truth! Defend Our Lady of the Rosary! Preach the whole and entire and true message of Our Lady at Fatima. Father Kramer continues:

“The great apostasy will then most likely include the laity as well as the clergy. The apostasy of the laity is a constant process of elimination of the lukewarm and indifferent. . . .   the lukewarm and indifferent and all who are not ready to suffer everything the world can inflict on them will certainly be drawn into apostasy by the dragon’s power.

All those will apostatize who are “without faith”, . . . who surrender to the wishes of such people as want to hear “pleasant things” (Isa. XXX. 10). And those will fall away who fear for their own interests and will not remonstrate against evil practices in the Church.” (St. Methodius, who lived and died in the Ninth Century, more than 1000 years ago, quoted in the Book of Destiny by Father Herman Bernard Kramer.)

NOTE: Father Kramer cites the rarely quoted Old Testament book of Sophonias above and here is that quote: “Her prophets are senseless, men without faith: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have acted unjustly against the law.”  Sophonias is a brief but intriguing prophecy and even includes a special condemnation on those who prophesy falsely in the name of the Lord. Signs of the times…

REFERENCE

Father Kramer cites Jeremias 5, V 31: “The prophets prophesied falsehood, and the priests clapped their hands: and my people loved such things: What then shall be done in the end thereof?” I would also add from the same chapter, V. 2: “And though they say: The Lord liveth; this also they will swear falsely.” Because they piously twist the word of God to mislead the faithful.

Indeed, Father Kramer gives copious scripture citations in his charges against church leaders. Malachi Ch 2, , Daniel 11,

Sophonias 3,4,, “Her prophets are senseless, men without faith: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have acted unjustly against the law.”,  Another verse Father quotes is from Isaias 30, ” it shall be in the latter days for a testimony for ever.
9 For it is a people that provoketh to wrath, and lying children, children that will not hear the law of God.
10 Who say to the seers: See not: and to them that behold: Behold not for us those things that are right: speak unto us pleasant things, see errors for us.”

Amos 5, 13: “the prudent shall keep silence at that time, for it is an evil time.” Ezekiel 3.  “If, when I say to the wicked, Thou shalt surely die: thou declare it not to him, nor speak to him, that he may be converted from his wicked way, and live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand.”

The above are only a sampling of the quotes offered by Father Kramer; the fact that there are so many quotes against unfaithful church leaders throughout sacred scripture should give us insight into these sad times for the church. And it should help us to be very careful in choosing which leaders we will follow.  For in these days, the faithful are led astray by their desire to hear what pleases them in place of what is harsh but necessary. The truth in these days is a cleansing fire, not a gentle pleasant breeze.

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Chalice of Love

previously published in 2019.

I found this delightful essay, which is posted anonymously on the Society’s website, and wanted to share it with you.  Of all the  facets of Mary, one of the most delightful, it seems to me, is that of her as the Chalice of Love. This consideration of her has never ceased to fill me with tenderest thoughts of God’s love for His most beloved, pure and  precious Creature and for us. God our Father gives us His Love in this Chalice of Love, Mary, our Mother!

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THE CHALICE, SYMBOL OF MARY

December 14, 2019

What are the qualities of the chalice
and what is their meaning for our lives?

First, the precious metal in its dazzling beauty: a challenge to cleanse ourselves more and more from every stain of sin, and also from what is worldly and worthless. Then the insight into how precious our life is, our body and especially our soul, created in God’s image and likeness, predestined to share in the beauty of the Immaculata. This chalice, by itself, is quite empty, quite poor. Within it nothing of the world is found, not a speck of dust, nothing worldly, however beautiful it may be.

This attitude of complete self-emptying, of complete detachment from self, of total spiritual poverty, is an essential feature of the Immaculata: she has nothing for herself, she does not think about herself, she is completely poor and emptied of self; one might say that her ego does not exist. This is the only possible attitude of the creature toward its Creator, when the latter bends down in infinite mercy to our nothingness in order to fill it.

Then the chalice is quite open to what is above. The sides of the chalice are like the outspread hands of the Orante, full of longing and devotion. This is the virginal Heart of Mary, which lives in expectation of God and for God, as totally as a Bride for her Bridegroom. All her thoughts, words and deeds are directed toward Him, completely for Him. Mary gives us this longing for God and makes our hearts become pure of all disordered desires that pull us down.

This longing is fulfilled through consecration and communion. The open heart receives the divine light and the warm, flowing blood of life. This is the purpose for which the chalice exists, and for this alone: that the transformation might take place in it, i.e. that Christ might renew His life, His suffering and death in it. As Elizabeth of the Trinity puts it so profoundly: “May I be for Him an additional humanity, in which He can renew His mystery in its entirety.” But this involves the union of one’s will with God’s will, as completely as Mary was united with Christ in utmost obedience.

The liturgy emphasizes that not only the contents of the chalice are offered, but the chalice itself (“We offer to Thee the chalice of salvation…”), so as to suggest discretely that the one Sacrifice of Christ is nevertheless the sacrifice of Mary as well, that the submission of the New Adam is inseparably united with the submission of the New Eve: that of the Redeemer with that of the Co-Redemptrix.

We all must place ourselves in this chalice like the little drop of water during the Offertory. As we are assimilated to the qualities of the chalice, we become a worthy vessel of God’s presence, filled and imbued with the Blood of Christ. A perpetual gaze upon the chalice is an immersion into her Immaculate Heart. Thus, we receive into ourselves Christ’s loving deed, in all its fullness.

Thus, Mary is the spiritual space, the holy atmosphere, the sanctuary, in which we are transformed, so as to understand and penetrate ever more deeply into the great divine drama and to receive interiorly all the fruits of this tree of life. “The Heart of Mary is the living altar upon which the sacrifice is offered. This pierced Heart is also the server at the altar, whose heartbeat is the liturgical responses. It is the censer, in which the faith, hope, love and adoration of the whole world ascends like incense before the Lamb who was slain. It is the choir of this formidable Mass, surpassing all the angels. Was not the silence of Mary’s wondrous sufferings like the singing of secret, ineffable songs to the enraptured ear of the bloody Victim?” (Fr. Faber) (From: FSSPX.news)

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Indeed, she is the altar upon which His sacrifice is offered, and she is also the Chalice of His love. And just think on it! She is our Mother! Why do so many ignore this wonderful blessing? Here is such beauty, sweetness and hope! It is so good to think on this with the Rosary – The Angel Gabriel was the messenger; he only told Mary what God Himself was saying to this beautiful, perfectly pure young Virgin, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” And when we say these words, we become a part of this loving scene – Yes! We are there in the very midst of the Most Holy Trinity and the object of this infinite, Divine Love, Mary Immaculate.

The Hail Mary is God’s love song to the Mother He chose for His beloved Son and also for us; and because God is three Persons in one, it is the love song of this Divine Son for His Mother; and the love song of the Holy Spirit for His chosen Spouse, beloved from all time.

With this exquisitely  simple prayer, He teaches us to love her, to love Him and to love our fellow sinners and pray for them. God made us in love and redeemed us in love. And in the most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Blessed Sacrament, He sustains us with His love.

We abide in His love with the prayers of our Rosaries. Let us never tire of these Hail Marys; they are our hearts beating with Her Immaculate Heart.

Please pray for our priests. Those who are loyal to the Immaculata suffer greatly with her under this reign of apostates. Please do not waste a single little cross. Offer everything up – We have much work to do!

Remember – Our Lady needs us to obey:  First Saturdays of Reparation, daily rosary, at least 5 mysteries, wear her brown scapular and live your Total Consecration to her Immaculate Heart, offering daily duties in reparation and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Open your hearts to the Lord and serve Him only: and He will free you from the hands of your enemies. With all your heart return to Him, and take away from your midst any strange gods” (I Kings 7:3)

 ✝︎  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
 ✝︎  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
 ✝︎  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
 ✝︎ St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

Pray the Rosary – save sinners!

The Eucharistic Vision of Our Lady of Knock

The Eucharistic Vision of Our Lady of Knock

WARNING AGAINST SUPPRESSION OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE

Today, we commemorate the eloquently silent apparition of Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, August 21, 1879. By her silence, Our Lady emphasised at once her displeasure that her message at La Salette was being attacked, and as many believe, she was pointing to the silence recounted in chapter 8 of the Apocalypse.  But there is still another reason for the silence – it is a warning against silencing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and outrages against the Holy Eucharist and it beckons us with mysterious silence towards the visions of the Apocalypse.

The Holy Ghost inspired St. John’s vision in such a way that through it, God revealed to us a glimpse of His own vision, not a linear accounting of events, and each subsequent generation could learn from its warnings and be comforted in its victories. In addition to sacred scripture, Our Heavenly Father guides us by the revelations He grants us down the centuries. Knock is one of the major apparitions, which are: Our Lady of Good Success in Ecuador, The Sacred Heart of Jesus at Paray le Monial, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Rue du Bac, France, Our Lady of La Salette, France, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Lourdes, France, Our Lady at Knock, Ireland, Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima, Portugal,  and Our Lady of Akita, Japan.  Those apparitions provide a necessary complement to our understanding of the Apocalypse.

Although the revelations contained in the Apocalypse may be fruitfully applied to each generation, the various major apparitions help to draw us into St. John’s mystical scenario as appropriate for our own time. In 17th century Ecuador, Our Lady of Good Success gave us prophecies which remained largely silent until the 20th century, for which they were intended. Our Lord’s tender pleas to St. Margaret Mary, also in the 17th century, contained both promises of blessings for obedience and warnings of danger for disobedience to His requests to honor His Sacred Heart publicly. This message was dishonored by the Jesuits to whom it was entrusted and betrayed by the French monarchs to their own destruction and that of France, but we were only able to grasp this in hindsight, as was the case with the Quito revelations, centuries later, as the apocalyptic visions  unfolded. We must not forget however, that the demands of Our Lord for devotion to His Sacred Heart have never been rescinded and no amount of devotion to false revelations will satisfy the command for true devotion to the image of His Most Sacred Heart.

Our Lady then intervened offering mercies to her children through devotion to her Immaculate Conception, that is through the Miraculous Medal and the miraculous spring at Lourdes. Both of those apparitions carried both warnings and blessings. Between these two, Rue du Bac and Lourdes, came Our Lady’s sad visit to La Salette wherein she warned of the increasing incursion of the ancient enemy, “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.” As proof of the strength which the enemy had gained in the Church, this message was opposed and silenced. To this day, Melanie Calvat’s legacy is obscured by the thick fabric of false accusations against her.

The mystical vision of Knock is essential to our understanding of the mystical vision given to  Sister Lucia at Tuy fifty years later; and through it, we are able to understand the pertinent passages of the Apocalypse for today.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven,
as it were for half an hour.” (Apoc. 8, 1)

This verse appears to be indicated by the silence of Knock. But the mystical visions of the Apocalypse are much deeper and the vision of Knock also must be seen in relation to the earlier chapter 5, as we shall show.

First, we look at  Apocalypse 5, especially verse 5.

From The Apocalypse of St. John:

[1] And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne, a book written within and without, sealed with seven seals. [2] And I saw a strong angel, proclaiming with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? [3] And no man was able, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth, to open the book, nor to look on it. [4] And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open the book, nor to see it. [5] And one of the ancients said to me: Weep not; behold the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

[6] And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. [7] And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. [8] And when He had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: [9] And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in Thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. [10] And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

[11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, [12] Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction.” (Apocalypse 5, 5)

Commentary:

We here rely on The Book of Destiny. Fr. Kramer points out that St. John uses a different word for Lamb in the Apocalypse than the word Lamb used in the Old Testament and in the Gospels. I cannot reproduce the Greek word here, but Father shows that it indicates “Little Lamb” rather than “Lamb”, and he interprets that as meaning that it refers to Jesus in the Sacred Host, the Eucharistic Presence sanctifying Catholic tabernacles throughout the world. What Blessed Jacinta and Francisco referred to as, “the Hidden Jesus”.

“The word translated is “the Little Lamb” and is used 29 times in 12 chapters. This is very significant. It appears to be intentionally used to attach a totally different meaning to the title “lamb” in the Apocalypse than in the Old Testament or elsewhere in the New.”

Father Kramer then shows that verse 5 by referring to the “root of David” is pointing to Isaias 11, which foreshadows the Eucharist by which Christ reigns in every Catholic tabernacle in the world.

[1] And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. [2] And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. [3] And He shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. [4] But He shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked. [5] And justice shall be the girdle of His loins: and faith the girdle of His reins. (Isaias 11, 1-5)

You may recognise verses 1 and 2; they are used by the Church at Christmastide and are especially familiar to those of us who recite Our Lady’s Little Office.

The Holy Eucharist makes every church a temple and every tabernacle a throne of God. Thus, the vision of Knock points us to Apocalypse, Chapter 5, v. 5, which in turn points us to Isaias 11, 1-5, all of which emphasize the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus, symbolized for us by devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Prisoner of Love in the Eucharist.

From Father Kramer:

“The temple of Christ is every Catholic Church, where He dwells in the Eucharistic Mystery. The Sacrifice of the Mass is the sacred mystery, in which Christ is “as if sacrificed”, is truly and mystically slain or immolated. The sacrifice is inseparably united with the bloody sacrifice of the Cross, because it represents and renews it. Through the Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ becomes present, establishes His throne in the Church and extends the effects of His death on the Cross and carries the purposes of God to completion. To outward appearance He is dead in the Eucharist, so there He rests “as if immolated”. But the Holy Eucharist is the throne of God through the inseparable union of Christ with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  …

“The Real Presence of Christ has been …  the standard for the armies of Christ. His soldiers, the martyrs, confessors and virgins have ever fought and bled for the altar and the cross. The prediction of Isaias is fulfilled in Christ’s place of rest, His Eucharistic Presence. The reason then why St. John chose the word, “Little Lamb”, for the sacrificial Lamb of the Apocalypse appears evident, to distinguish this mystery from the mystery of the Incarnation.”  (Kramer, Fr. Herman B., The Book Of Destiny, TAN Books. Kindle Edition)

The silent tableau of Knock took place in inclement weather just outside the Church, thus pointing to the institutional Church forcing the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass outside. The apparition of Knock displayed on a desolate night thus foretold a period in which the post-conciliar Church would attempt to eclipse the true Sacrifice of the Mass with a protestantised fellowship service, to serve ecumenism and the prince of this world.

At Knock,on August 21, 1879,  the Little Lamb on the altar stood with two powerful representatives of the priesthood, St. Joseph, chaste guardian of the Holy Family and Patron of the Church, and St. John the Beloved, to whom Christ entrusted His Mother and to whom the Holy Spirit revealed the mysteries of the Apocalypse. St. John pointed to the Scriptures, begging the question, “To which scriptures?” The vision itself answers:  The Lamb on the altar indicates Apocalypse 5. The two patrons of the priesthood, St. Joseph and St. John, indicate the importance of priests in these times. Our Lady of Knock, in this vision, never took her eyes from heaven, never wavered in her intercession for the Church.

Considered in the context of the other Marian apparitions, Knock is a warning against the silencing of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the sacrilege of the Holy Eucharist, the corruption of the faith. Our Lady’s appearances at La Salette and Knock were followed by the revelation of Fatima. The Angel of Fatima, Michael, the great Archangel warrior who battles Satan gave us a warning about the abuses of the sacrifice of the Mass and desecration of the Eucharist. And now, 100 years later, the onslaught of sacrileges, outrages and indifferences continues.

It is urgent that Catholics understand that Satan is at war with the Little Lamb, our Eucharistic Lord. Unfortunately, most Catholics are indifferent to this battle. But it is real. Satan knows that the Eucharist is Emmanuel, God with us. Although so many Catholics have forgotten this truth, or are indifferent, the devil knows that Christ the King reigns through the Eucharist. And that is why he is striving with all his immense power to extirpate the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, to eliminate the Real Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ on our altars. By their perversion of mercy, in giving the the Body of Christ to unrepentant sinners, modernists debase Our Lord’s sacrament of love and attempt to drive Jesus from His Church.

La Salette, Knock, Fatima, and Akita, all warn us of this time. This is a spiritual battle of never before seen proportions. Although we know Who will win it, we cannot afford to lose any time, for with knowledge comes responsibility. We must live our Consecrations, moment by tedious moment. Just because our lives are ordinary does not mean that they are not very, very precious to Jesus.

Our Lord’s words to Sister Josefa Menendez:

“I so much want souls to understand this! It is not the action itself which is of value; it is the intention with which it is done. … I have many hidden souls who in their humble labors are very useful workers in My vineyard, … My love goes so far that My souls can draw great treasure out of mere nothing. When as soon as they wake they unite themselves to Me and offer their whole day with a burning desire that My Heart may use it for the profit of souls … when with love they perform their duties, hour by hour and moment by moment … how great is the treasure they amass in one day!

“I will reveal My love to them more and more … it is inexhaustible, and how easy it is for a loving soul to let itself be guided by love.” (Sister Josefa Menendez and the Way of Divine Love.)

In these times, Our Lady has given us, through God’s immense, unfathomable mercy for us, a profusion of graces through her holy Rosary. Please pray your Rosary with confidence in our Mother’s providence for us.  Our Lady of Fatima will not fail. In the end, her Immaculate Heart will triumph!

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection in every tabernacle of the world, at every moment, even unto the end of time. Blessed be God forever.

 “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the same Son Jesus Christ, present in all the Tabernacles of the world, in reparation for all the sacrileges, outrages and indifferences by which He Himself is offended.  And by the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”

  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

 . Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us.
 . Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
 . Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.
 . Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
 . St. Joseph, protect our families, protect our priests.
 . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Thanks for reading. For related articles, you might like these:

Please also read: The Message of Our Lady of Knock“.

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Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

The Sacred Priesthood and the Holy Sacrifice

In 1916, the Angel of Fatima came to impress upon us the the coming scandal of the abuses of the Eucharist and of the assaults on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It was a severe warning and was accompanied by vehement commands for reparation, sacrifice, and prayer from the children. The vital importance of the Mass and the Sacred Priesthood cannot be overstated; it is especially pertinent now. Today, we offer an earlier post which should be re-examined in this light.

The power of Christ’s priesthood is sublime in its scope, ruling the souls of men and its jurisdiction pervades the entire temporal world as well, as representative of Jesus Christ Who is the King of Kings. (Fr. Kramer, The Book of Destiny)

In today’s post, we consider the Fifth Chapter of St. John’s Apocalypse, which foretells the triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ through His loving gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. Amid all the speculation on the dire warnings about the events of the Chastisement and the “Last Times”, not much attention is given to the Eucharistic victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider if you will, the beautiful passage below:

[6] And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. [7] And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. [8] And when He had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: [9] And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. [10] And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

[11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, [12] Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction. [13] And every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction, and honour, and glory, and power, for ever and ever. [14] And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces, and adored Him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Apocalypse Ch. 5, 6-14)

The word for Lamb used here is different than the word St. John used in the Gospels, and is best translated, according to Father H. B. Kramer as “Little Lamb”. He stands in the position of a priest offering a sacrifice and since it is stated that He is “standing as it were slain”, and thus is both Victim and Priest. This passage calls to mind Psalm 109, v. 4-5: “The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. The Lord at Thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of His wrath.” Psalm 109 therefore links the victory of Christ over His enemies with His Eucharistic priesthood. Thus, the Lamb is the Eucharistic Christ.

After Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery at the Last Supper, He announced that the judgment upon the “prince of this world” is pronounced. Satan was judged in Heaven as the leader of rebellion and was condemned, but as prince of the world Satan was not judged until the Holy Sacrifice was offered by Christ at the Last Supper and the power to continue it conferred upon His Apostles. When Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery, the judgment on the prince of this world was pronounced although the execution of the decree was not carried out until Christ died on the Cross.

Jesus Christ dethroned Satan when He died. Yet the empire of satan still existed. The judgment of Satan as prince of the world was to be completed throughout the world and down through the ages by the destruction of his empire. Christ’s death on the Cross was not to be a mere memory or history, as heretics would have it, but a living reality constantly manifested through the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. Thus, the “Little Lamb” – that is, Jesus in the Eucharist – will continue the destruction of Satan’s empire of evil through the centuries.

Christ’s judgment will strike all who refuse to accept this Eucharistic Mystery, those who choose the empire of Satan, the prince of the world. The Lamb has seven eyes and seven horns. In this symbolism, the eyes refer to the seven spirits, seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, and represent the union of the Holy Ghost with the Lamb, thus revealing the Holy Ghost proceeding from the Father and the Son. This symbol also represents Christ’s omniscience, searching out souls than can be saved and drawing them gently to Him, to be nourished by His Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrifice.

The seven horns of the Lamb are signs of power, and here represent the power of the seven sacraments, powerful weapons in the battle against evil. They are the glory of the Church; through them souls are cleansed, saints are sanctified and made glorious with grace.

Because Christ offered Himself in a bloody manner on the Cross as a complete satisfaction to God for all the sins of men, the sacrifice of the Eucharist and the Real Presence are possible. The Mass is an unceasing renewal and re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Cross. In the Mass Christ is “as it were slain”. Through this mystic sacrifice He exercises the power merited in His bloody sacrifice on Calvary to destroy the empire of Satan. All worship of the Church is centered around the Mass; from it flow all saving effects of His bloody death; and the power to administer the sacraments is transmitted in and through this sacrifice.

So you see, the potency of the sacraments springs from the Sacrifice of the Mass, diminish the sacrifice, you deplete the sacraments. Pope Paul VI spoke several times in apocalyptic phrases, such as “I am about to blow the seven trumpets of the Apocalypse”, and “from some crack, the smoke of satan has entered the temple of God”. (The Fifth Trumpet)).

In verses 9 and 10, the priests sing a ‘new canticle’, praising the Lamb, because He has ordained them priests, not as in the Old Covenant, but in the new, endowed with the power to rule, disposing to them a kingdom, so that they share in working out His redemption of souls, ruling His followers in His place. Fr. Kramer affirms, “Their internal dignity is the priesthood and their office in the world is to rule. This is a clear definition of the meaning of the word presbyteros, which was adopted by the Apostles to distinguish their priesthood from the barren priesthood of the Old Covenant.”

The power of Christ’s priesthood is sublime in its scope, ruling the souls of men and its jurisdiction pervades the entire temporal world as well, as representative of Jesus Christ Who is the King of Kings.

These are the reasons for the acknowledgment Christ receives in His eucharistic presence from the episcopate and priesthood of the Church, the angels in Heaven and all creatures. [Note: Fr. Kramer wrote this long before the ravages of the modernist revolution in Vatican II] In the preface of the Mass, before the sacrificial act is performed, the priest sings the praises of God and Christ and joins his canticle with the choirs of angels in language very similar to that spoken by the elders. All creatures, except the reprobates, join with the priesthood of the Church in adoring the Eucharistic Lamb. [Is it any wonder that the forces of Satan have fought so mightily within the Church to destroy the true Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Holy Eucharist?]

In “The Book of Destiny”, Father H B Kramer writes of Satan that,

“… in trying to destroy Christ and His work, he brought the greatest defeat and humiliation of all upon himself and lost everything he had apparently gained in Paradise (with the temptation of Adam and Eve). With man redeemed and heaven re-opened, Satan’s kingdom in the world has been dismembered ever more and more, not so much by an almighty act of God or by an almighty word of the God-man, as by the words of mere man pronounced at the Consecration of the Mass. Man is here empowered to overthrow the kingdom of Satan and drive him out of the world. Christ is now triumphant over Satan in the humble and lifeless appearance of the eucharistic species.”

Readers, even though it may not seem so at present, the fact is, this is the last phase of the final and hopeless defeat and utmost humiliation of the archenemy of God and man. In the Apocalypse, St. John describes in epic splendors this last act of the grand drama of Redemption with its series of victories for Jesus Christ and mankind and its consequent defeats for Satan. Christ entrusted the power to renew His bloody death on the Cross in an unbloody mystic manner to the priests of His Church elevating man thereby to God-likeness and defeating forever the designs of Satan with the utmost humiliation to him. So much has man been exalted and Satan’s pride humiliated, that he who was far lower than the angels in natural gifts now rises in the power of grace to defeat his enemy and stand forth triumphant. [With so much granted to priests comes an awesome responsibility, that is why satan works to destroy them and we for our part, must support them with prayer and penances.]

The judgments executed by the Eucharistic Lamb upon Satan shall involve the whole world not to destroy but to chasten it and wrest it from the hands of Satan liberating the human race from his sordid servitude.

The firm belief of the faithful of the Church in this sacred mystery, in the Reality of the Great Presence, in the truth and effectiveness of Christ’s words at the Last Supper, just as the Church has explained and believed it through all ages, undoes the unbelief of the head of the human race in Paradise (the original sin of Adam). This is the “victory that overcomes the world” and the empire of Satan with all its earthly and unearthly forces, this firm faith. In and through the Eucharistic Mystery, the power with which Christ endowed His priesthood, distinguishing it thereby from all other priesthoods of history, and the unshakable belief in the words of Christ by the faithful of the Church, Paradise will be regained, and the honor refused God by Adam through the intrigue and deception of Satan will be restored to Him.

The Apocalypse clearly shows that the triumph of Christ will be a Eucharistic triumph. That is why the Message of Fatima actually began in 1916 with the Angel’s visits and prayers. The last Joyful Mystery shows us Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph leading us back to the Temple to find Jesus there. Meditate on this mystery and learn from it. The Blessed Virgin Mary only ever leads us to her beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Devotion to the Immaculata is not meant ever to be separated from devotion to the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. That is another reason why the First Saturdays of Reparation are vital. Without them, the Pope will not be able to repent and Consecrate Russia.

In the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, and it will be through the most Holy Eucharist, through the resurgence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and that means, through our Royal Priesthood. Please pray and offer reparation for all  of our priests and prelates  – and our Pope – to repent, be converted and saved.

Note: the above interpretation of the Apocalypse is largely from Father Herman Bernard Kramer’s “Book of Destiny”, which is cited above. However, in the years after Father Kramer penned his revelation of Revelation, we have experienced a considerable unfolding of the Apocalypse and much now becomes clear that in Father’s time was shadowy. We shall soon see how central the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and our Royal Priesthood are to be in coming events.

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, Give me strength against thy enemies!

The Triumph of the Eucharistic Lamb

The power of Christ’s priesthood is sublime in its scope, ruling the souls of men and its jurisdiction pervades the entire temporal world as well, as representative of Jesus Christ Who is the King of Kings. (Fr. Kramer, The Book of Destiny)

In today’s post, we consider the Fifth Chapter of St. John’s Apocalypse, which foretells the triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ through His loving gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist. Amid all the speculation on the dire warnings about the events of the Chastisement and the “Last Times”, not much attention is given to the Eucharistic victory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Consider if you will, the beautiful passage below:

[6] And I saw: and behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the ancients, a Lamb standing as it were slain, having seven horns and seven eyes: which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. [7] And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. [8] And when He had opened the book, the four living creatures, and the four and twenty ancients fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints: [9] And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; because Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. [10] And hast made us to our God a kingdom and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

[11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, [12] Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction. [13] And every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction, and honour, and glory, and power, for ever and ever. [14] And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the four and twenty ancients fell down on their faces, and adored Him that liveth for ever and ever.” (Apocalypse Ch. 5, 6-14)

The word for Lamb used here is different than the word St. John used in the Gospels, and is best translated, according to Father H. B. Kramer as “Little Lamb”. He stands in the position of a priest offering a sacrifice and since it is stated that He is “standing as it were slain”, and thus is both Victim and Priest. This passage calls to mind Psalm 109, v. 4-5: “The Lord hath sworn, and He will not repent: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. The Lord at Thy right hand hath broken kings in the day of His wrath.” Psalm 109 therefore links the victory of Christ over His enemies with His Eucharistic priesthood. Thus, the Lamb is the Eucharistic Christ.

After Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery at the Last Supper, He announced that the judgment upon the “prince of this world” is pronounced. Satan was judged in Heaven as the leader of rebellion and was condemned, but as prince of the world Satan was not judged until the Holy Sacrifice was offered by Christ at the Last Supper and the power to continue it conferred upon His Apostles. When Christ instituted the Sacred Mystery, the judgment on the prince of this world was pronounced although the execution of the decree was not carried out until Christ died on the Cross.

Jesus Christ dethroned Satan when He died. Yet the empire of satan still existed. The judgment of Satan as prince of the world was to be completed throughout the world and down through the ages by the destruction of his empire. Christ’s death on the Cross was not to be a mere memory or history, as heretics would have it, but a living reality constantly manifested through the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Mass. Thus, the “Little Lamb” – that is, Jesus in the Eucharist – will continue the destruction of Satan’s empire of evil through the centuries.

Christ’s judgment will strike all who refuse to accept this Eucharistic Mystery, those who choose the empire of Satan, the prince of the world. The Lamb has seven eyes and seven horns. In this symbolism, the eyes refer to the seven spirits, seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, and represent the union of the Holy Ghost with the Lamb, thus revealing the Holy Ghost proceeding from the Father and the Son. This symbol also represents Christ’s omniscience, searching out souls than can be saved and drawing them gently to Him, to be nourished by His Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrifice.

The seven horns of the Lamb are signs of power, and here represent the power of the seven sacraments, powerful weapons in the battle against evil. They are the glory of the Church; through them souls are cleansed, saints are sanctified and made glorious with grace.

Because Christ offered Himself in a bloody manner on the Cross as a complete satisfaction to God for all the sins of men, the sacrifice of the Eucharist and the Real Presence are possible. The Mass is an unceasing renewal and re-presentation of the sacrifice of the Cross. In the Mass Christ is “as it were slain”. Through this mystic sacrifice He exercises the power merited in His bloody sacrifice on Calvary to destroy the empire of Satan. All worship of the Church is centered around the Mass; from it flow all saving effects of His bloody death; and the power to administer the sacraments is transmitted in and through this sacrifice.

So you see, the potency of the sacraments springs from the Sacrifice of the Mass, diminish the sacrifice, you deplete the sacraments. Pope Paul VI spoke several times in apocalyptic phrases, such as “I am about to blow the seven trumpets of the Apocalypse”, and “from some crack, the smoke of satan has entered the temple of God”. (The Fifth Trumpet)).

In verses 9 and 10, the priests sing a ‘new canticle’, praising the Lamb, because He has ordained them priests, not as in the Old Covenant, but in the new, endowed with the power to rule, disposing to them a kingdom, so that they share in working out His redemption of souls, ruling His followers in His place. Fr. Kramer affirms, “Their internal dignity is the priesthood and their office in the world is to rule. This is a clear definition of the meaning of the word presbyteros, which was adopted by the Apostles to distinguish their priesthood from the barren priesthood of the Old Covenant.”

The power of Christ’s priesthood is sublime in its scope, ruling the souls of men and its jurisdiction pervades the entire temporal world as well, as representative of Jesus Christ Who is the King of Kings.

These are the reasons for the acknowledgment Christ receives in His eucharistic presence from the episcopate and priesthood of the Church, the angels in Heaven and all creatures. [Note: Fr. Kramer wrote this long before the ravages of the modernist revolution in Vatican II] In the preface of the Mass, before the sacrificial act is performed, the priest sings the praises of God and Christ and joins his canticle with the choirs of angels in language very similar to that spoken by the elders. All creatures, except the reprobates, join with the priesthood of the Church in adoring the Eucharistic Lamb. [Is it any wonder that the forces of Satan have fought so mightily within the Church to destroy the true Sacrifice of the Mass and the most Holy Eucharist?]

In “The Book of Destiny”, Father H B Kramer writes of Satan that,

“… in trying to destroy Christ and His work, he brought the greatest defeat and humiliation of all upon himself and lost everything he had apparently gained in Paradise (with the temptation of Adam and Eve). With man redeemed and heaven re-opened, Satan’s kingdom in the world has been dismembered ever more and more, not so much by an almighty act of God or by an almighty word of the God-man, as by the words of mere man pronounced at the Consecration of the Mass. Man is here empowered to overthrow the kingdom of Satan and drive him out of the world. Christ is now triumphant over Satan in the humble and lifeless appearance of the eucharistic species.”

Readers, even though it may not seem so at present, the fact is, this is the last phase of the final and hopeless defeat and utmost humiliation of the archenemy of God and man. In the Apocalypse, St. John describes in epic splendors this last act of the grand drama of Redemption with its series of victories for Jesus Christ and mankind and its consequent defeats for Satan. Christ entrusted the power to renew His bloody death on the Cross in an unbloody mystic manner to the priests of His Church elevating man thereby to God-likeness and defeating forever the designs of Satan with the utmost humiliation to him. So much has man been exalted and Satan’s pride humiliated, that he who was far lower than the angels in natural gifts now rises in the power of grace to defeat his enemy and stand forth triumphant. [With so much granted to priests comes an awesome responsibility, that is why satan works to destroy them and we for our part, must support them with prayer and penances.]

The judgments executed by the Eucharistic Lamb upon Satan shall involve the whole world not to destroy but to chasten it and wrest it from the hands of Satan liberating the human race from his sordid servitude.

The firm belief of the faithful of the Church in this sacred mystery, in the Reality of the Great Presence, in the truth and effectiveness of Christ’s words at the Last Supper, just as the Church has explained and believed it through all ages, undoes the unbelief of the head of the human race in Paradise (the original sin of Adam). This is the “victory that overcomes the world” and the empire of Satan with all its earthly and unearthly forces, this firm faith. In and through the Eucharistic Mystery, the power with which Christ endowed His priesthood, distinguishing it thereby from all other priesthoods of history, and the unshakable belief in the words of Christ by the faithful of the Church, Paradise will be regained, and the honor refused God by Adam through the intrigue and deception of Satan will be restored to Him.

The Apocalypse clearly shows that the triumph of Christ will be a Eucharistic triumph. That is why the Message of Fatima actually began in 1916 with the Angel’s visits and prayers. The last Joyful Mystery shows us Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph leading us back to the Temple to find Jesus there. Meditate on this mystery and learn from it. The Blessed Virgin Mary only ever leads us to her beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Devotion to the Immaculata is not meant ever to be separated from devotion to the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. That is another reason why the First Saturdays of Reparation are vital. Without them, the Pope will not be able to repent and Consecrate Russia.

In the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph, and it will be through the most Holy Eucharist, through the resurgence of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and that means, through our Royal Priesthood. Please pray and offer reparation for all  of our priests and prelates  – and our Pope – to repent, be converted and saved.

Note: the above interpretation of the Apocalypse is largely from Father Herman Bernard Kramer’s “Book of Destiny”, which is cited above. However, in the years after Father Kramer penned his revelation of Revelation, we have experienced a considerable unfolding of the Apocalypse and much now becomes clear that in Father’s time was shadowy. We shall soon see how central the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and our Royal Priesthood are to be in coming events.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.

~ by evensong for love of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin, Give me strength against thy enemies!