The Mustard Tree
By The Hermits, Nov 3 2019 03:28PM
In the general and growing confusion in the Church we see various groups promoting a particular view of the Church, some heretical and some not. The first of these are the clerical revolutionaries who have been around since the early sixties, and their younger acolytes. The most important of these are the disgraced former Cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, the late Cardinal Danneels, and Cardinal Kasper. We see that this revolutionary group include the next generation of like-minded liberal clergy and are best represented by Cardinal Cupich and Father James Martin. This revolution is Marxist in its ethos and harks back to the recent past when Liberation Theology was all the rage. This revolution then is led by a German/South American group which wants to change the Church into a false Church which embraces the World and all its pomps.
These modern pomps of Satan are best represented by the Liberal Globalist School of thought which is obsessed with health, wealth, and happiness, especially with regard to any form of sex. It is not surprising that this School is best represented by bankers such as the unbelievably powerful and rich banking family of the Rothschilds, the terrifying and ubiquitous George Soros, and the indestructible Rockefeller family. This future globalist World will, if the globalists have their way, be run by a super elite who will control a one world government. As well as the very small super elite there will be a small middle class and a very large slave population. Most of the World’s population will be reduced greatly in numbers by abortion, contraception, infanticide, eugenics, euthanasia and genocide. So why do these Church revolutionaries want to embrace such a horrific World run by madmen, albeit incredibly wealthy ones? It is a mystery to say the least. However I think that the answer is very simple. They have succumbed to the great temptation presented to Christ by Satan, which is the third of the temptations that Christ undergoes according to Matthew:
“Again the Devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, and said to Him: All these will I give Thee, if falling down thou wilt adore me. Then Jesus saith to him: Begone, Satan! For it is written: The Lord Thy God shalt thou adore, and Him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left Him. And behold Angels came, and ministered to Him.”
It is obvious that the Globalists are more than well-meaning humanists; like Satan they wish to create the ultimate rebel, one who has no need of God, and will unseat Him; whether they know it or not they are paving the way for the antichrist. They think that they can relegate God to those past and superstitious Dark Ages, which were far less dark than the present era. It is both silly and evil. It is far worse than Frankenstein, and it is tragic and unbelievably sad, for so many of these rebels are priests, and souls consecrated to God. Intellectually it does not have the somewhat squalid romance of the French existentialists like Sartre and Camus, or the brilliance of Nietzshe whose Superman is a lot more interesting than the rebel that Globalists want to produce, but what does one expect from bankers? Excitement?
Robert Maginnis, in his excellent book The Deeper State, quotes an article from Zero Hedge - a business blog. One is somewhat pleasantly surprised that such a blog could sound so religious, and that Cardinals and bishops can sound like dangerous politicians or unthinking bureaucrats, with their unbelievably leaden prose. This is what Zero Hedge has to say about the globalists:
“The Lucifer mythology is one of rebellion, a rebellion against the Christian God” writes Zero Hedge. Luciferians are rebelling against the restrictions put in place by God and instead they favour self-esteem as they seek “their own ‘godhood.’” A world controlled by those with such beliefs “will suffer in the scorched path of [globalist] elites seeking to revolt against inherent moral and natural boundaries as they role play in an ignorant daydream of satanic hero worship, and this is without doubt evil.”
Finally, Zero Hedge paints globalists as moral relativists, a concept addressed earlier in this volume as well. “Moral relativism is the act of rationalizing a destructive or evil process by claiming that a positive end result or intention washes away responsibility,” according to the authors. The rub, according to Zero Hedge, is “globalists could not care less about the consequences of their actions to others [sound familiar?], but they do feel the need to justify those actions in a way that people will embrace.” So what do globalists do? They spout propaganda based on the concept of moral relativism and “the lie that good is only about perception while evil is a ‘gray area’, or illusion.” (Lt.Col.Robert MaGinnis, THE DEEPER STATE, THE WAR ON TRUMP BY CORRUPT ELITES, SECRET SOCIETIES, AND THE BUILDERS OF AN IMMINENT FINAL EMPIRE)
One is forced to ask why does this rebellious group in the Church want to having anything to do with such horrible people as the Globalists? The answer is easy because they are rebels, whether they know it or not? The 19th century Protestant Biblical critics, along with such people as Renan have emptied the Bible of its meaning, its holiness, and its truth. These terrible intellectuals have seen, neither the Wood nor the Trees, they have simply produced a thousand Frankensteins, and ten thousand Draculas. Their Catholic intellectual heirs have opened the doors of the Catholic Church and let the demons in. If the Bible is a mass of enchanting myths, then who is Christ? If he is only a man, then why obey his laws? As C.S. Lewis rightly and wisely argued, Christ is either mad, a liar, or who he says he is, God. Nothing has been so disastrous to the Faith than Biblical Criticism whose greatest ally has been Evolution. Nothing is so able to diminish God as Creator than this pseudo- scientific rubbish for which there is not a shred of scientific evidence for such nonsense.
It is truly catastrophic that both St. John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, despite their holiness, and their brilliance were not able, like most of the Western intellectuals in the last 200 years, to see Evolution for what it is, namely the poisonous apple presented to the Eve of our day. This apple is the scientific and intellectual child of Darwin, Marx, and Freud. For these men, Man is basically an animal, and an animal has no ethics, no morality, and no instinct. Modern man has become an animal, and morality is not only relative, but will soon cease to exist. Thus, the celibate priest or religious who listens to the siren call of these three prophets of modernity, will throw caution to the wind and indulge his or her animal appetites.
This, then I would suggest, is the world view of the rebels in the Church, and why they can make the Globalist creed their own, and why they find such people as Soros, the Rockefellers, the Gates, and the Rothschilds so congenial, for the apple has turned into a delicious intoxicant, which ultimately kills. The religious rebels and, for want of a better description, the Globalist humanists do have one thing in common, they want to make the World not into something better, but something different. They want to make humanity, not better, but different, and so the logical end of all this is the monster represented by the LGBT movement, and no doubt animal transitioning will be the next thing on this hideous and demonic agenda. For both the religious rebel and the Globalist humanist there is still a sentimental love for the poor, the noble savage, and the down trodden, which betrays an underlying Christian culture, which so far has not been entirely eradicated. The religious rebel will call it Charity, the Globalist humanist, philanthropy.
What must be realized from the start is that the rebel view is the prevalent one in the Church and the traditionalist and conservative groups are very small. Let us turn to these groups and hear another voice.
THE BAROQUE GROUP
I have decided upon the term “Baroque” to describe this group which is inclined towards the very understandable view that all will be well if we return to the full-scale Tridentine Church. This small group are headed by the young Bishop Schneider, Roberto de Mattei, and to some extent by Cardinal Burke, and Cardinal Brandmuller. Cardinal Brandmuller is something of a novelty in all this, as it is the elderly Cardinals and clerics, who were the rebels or the well-meaning advocates of aggiornamento, i.e. the updating of the Church in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Paul VI now, very oddly, a canonized saint of the Church, was part of this updating process, and it is hard to know quite where he is situated. The fact is he was the son of a newspaper Editor, had a passion for politics, was an enthusiastic Francophile, and had the greatest difficulty making up his mind about anything. He was very much caught up with the social Gospel and modernity, especially when it came to the UN, or the first men on the moon whom he rapturously applauded when they made their touch down on that mysterious planet in 1969. He was a man who had his head in the clouds, but sadly he did not have his feet on the ground. He was no friend of the Tridentine Rite, though he preserved most of the Tridentine Canon in the First Eucharistic Prayer. I have also used the term “Baroque” so as to give it term that sounds less combative, which so often the term Tridentine does.
When one thinks of Baroque, one thinks of the beautiful baroque churches in Rome, or the ones in Venice. One thinks of Monteverdi and Palestrina, and Cavalli, and in Art one cannot but be moved by such artists as Veronese and Tintoretto who despite their almost operatic quality have a freshness, a warmth and a true Christian joy that you will not find in Michelangelo, or Raphael. There is a purity in these painters’ works, which though they do not rank with the greatest of artists, show the exuberance of the Counter Reformation, whose saints stagger us with their energy, and vision. One thinks of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, and St. Philip Neri and St. Felix of Cantalice in particular. These latter two present us with a Church filled with the sunshine of Divine Love. Rococo, the successor to Baroque is filled with brilliant white interiors burnished with gold, and though it is like some strange architectural jungle it has a lightness and a joy, and this despite its extravagant quality.
By the close of the 19th century all that intoxicating Christian joy had almost disappeared, main duly to the supposed supremacy of science. Science was fast becoming a god. Science had the answer to everything, and so Modernism was bound to appear on the Theological scene. We are learning very slowly, those of us who have eyes to see, that this is not the case. Science to be truly science is simply the observation of how the World and the Universe work. It tells us about how all sorts of things work from the tiniest particle to the biggest galaxy, from the smallest animal to the biggest. Science really is about very precise and profound observations, which can, for the most part, be tested, disastrously with the splitting of the Atom, wonderfully with the discovery of DNA.
The death knell to the Baroque Church was the virtual outlawing of the Tridentine Mass. The most interesting response to this mad action by Paul VI, manifested in the reforming or deforming zeal of that unfortunate liturgist Annibale Bugnini, came in a letter from artists, writers, and musicians. This letter written in 1971 nearly two years after the implementation of the new liturgy, pleaded for the Tridentine Mass to remain. It resulted in an Indult being granted to the Catholic Church in England and Wales for the Tridentine Mass to be allowed, under certain conditions. As far as I can make out the Episcopal Conference for England and Wales were less than enthusiastic about this, and did not encourage the Old Mass. The letter has come to be known as the Agatha Christie Indult, which gives the whole thing a welcome frisson in such a dull modern Church.
The signatories were illustrious, and included one of the greatest violinists of 20th century, the great Yehudi Menhuin who was Jewish, that incomparable coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, the novelist Graham Greene, and the actor Ralph Richardson. Here is a copy of the letter.
"If some senseless decree were to order the total or partial destruction of basilicas or cathedrals, then obviously it would be the educated - whatever their personal beliefs - who would rise up in horror to oppose such a possibility. Now the fact is that basilicas and cathedrals were built so as to celebrate a rite which, until a few months ago, constituted a living tradition. We are referring to the Roman Catholic Mass. Yet, according to the latest information in Rome, there is a plan to obliterate that Mass by the end of the current year. One of the axioms of contemporary publicity, religious as well as secular, is that modern man in general, and intellectuals in particular, have become intolerant of all forms of tradition and are anxious to suppress them and put something else in their place. But, like many other affirmations of our publicity machines, this axiom is false. Today, as in times gone by, educated people are in the vanguard where recognition of the value of tradition in concerned, and are the first to raise the alarm when it is threatened. We are not at this moment considering the religious or spiritual experience of millions of individuals. The rite in question, in its magnificent Latin text, has also inspired a host of priceless achievements in the arts - not only mystical works, but works by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs. Thus, it belongs to universal culture as well as to churchmen and formal Christians. In the materialistic and technocratic civilisation that is increasingly threatening the life of mind and spirit in its original creative expression - the word - it seems particularly inhuman to deprive man of word-forms in one of their most grandiose manifestations. The signatories of this appeal, which is entirely ecumenical and non-political, have been drawn from every branch of modern culture in Europe and elsewhere. They wish to call to the attention of the Holy See, the appalling responsibility it would incur in the history of the human spirit were it to refuse to allow the Traditional Mass to survive, even though this survival took place side by side with other liturgical reforms."
Signed: Harold Acton, Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Bayler, Lennox Berkeley, Maurice Bowra, Agatha Christie, Kenneth Clark, Nevill Coghill, Cyril Connolly, Colin Davis, Hugh Delargy, +Robert Exeter, Miles Fitzalan-Howard, Constantine Fitzgibbon, William Glock, Magdalen Goffin, Robert Graves, Graham Greene, Ian Greenless, Joseph Grimond, Harman Grisewood, Colin Hardie, Rupert Hart-Davis, Barbara Hepworth, Auberon Herbert, John Jolliffe, David Jones, Osbert Lancaster, F.R. Leavis, Cecil Day Lewis, Compton Mackenzie, George Malcolm, Max Mallowan, Alfred Marnau, Yehudi Menuhin, Nancy Mitford, Raymond Mortimer, Malcolm Muggeridge, Iris Murdoch, John Murray, Sean O'Faolain, E.J. Oliver, Oxford and Asquith, William Plomer, Kathleen Raine, William Rees-Mogg, Ralph Richardson, +John Ripon, Charles Russell, Rivers Scott, Joan Sutherland, Philip Toynbee, Martin Turnell, Bernard Wall, Patrick Wall, E.I Watkin, R.C. Zaehner.
This letter sums up perfectly, not only the Baroque Church, but the conception of making the past really present. If one begins to change something very ancient, and it seems that the Tridentine Mass is essentially the Mass of St. Damasus, who was living in the 4th Century, then there is a confusion of the past and the present.
MODERN IS BEST!
Then there appears on the scene that awful personage, “The chronological snob”. He or she says that we know better than our forebears, who compared to us were country bumpkins, and so modern philosophy and modern art, and modern intellectual endeavour are far superior than anything in the past. We may argue about what the very early liturgy of the Church was like, but there is no point in cutting the tree down to a stump, because what you are left with is ugly and devoid of the beauty of the full grown tree, and whatever new shoots appear it is doubtful that these will be like the former tree. For all the very obvious faults of Nazism, Hitler in his lunatic way had a very real understanding of history and the past, but it was compromised by his hatred for the Jews, the Slavs and those he considered sub-humans. His world was a curious combination of Rome, and the Germanic myths. However in its own mad way Nazism was about making the past present.
Marx, however, was intent on making the new man, a man who was part of the very modern technological world, a man who was wholly a part of the Industrial Revolution. With Marx there would be no past; everything was to be new and nothing old. The modern proletarian man was to forge a future that owed nothing to the past, for the simple reason that the past was quite irrelevant. Marx, as far as I know, had never been a real proletarian, and so his studies done in the British Museum library had all the unreality when it came to what was best for the worker and for that matter what was best for Man. If he had been faithful to his Jewish religious roots we would never have had his brand of Communism. Lenin, a minor aristocrat, and a lawyer was most definitely not the archetypal working man, idolized and idealized by Soviet Russia, and after World War II this vast Empire of the proletarian man would spread from Vladivostok to Berlin and beyond. With the aid of Soviet Communism, and its many fellow travellers, this view was bound to affect the West, and it is interesting to note that, though the beginning of the Russian Revolution witnessed and explosion of avantgarde art and creative activity in Russia, it soon withered away, and architecture, and art was dominated by Soviet realism.
The opera and ballet at the Bolshoi and the Kirov companies could not have been more old fashioned. Like the French Revolution, which at least in a rather crazy way, harked back to Classicism, we have a new calendar, and a new time scale. In the New Mass of 1969, you also have a new calendar, and a thing called “Ordinary Time”. Did Marx enter the Church by way of “Ordinary Time? I think the answer is a resounding “Yes” for “Ordinary Time” has all the grey tediousness of Communism. I am sure that Stalin did try and destroy the Catholic Church by planting agents in the Church, but in the final analysis the work of infiltration had been done superbly well by an international Left wing intelligentsia, that was bred in the salons, the universities, and the homes of the middle classes throughout the Western World, only in Latin America was there resistance until the arrival of Fidel Castro, and the glamourous Che Guevara, who was a ruined doctor and a cruel guerrilla.
HEAVEN ON EARTH
The profound problem with the Latin West is that we have completely forgotten how to worship God. The new liturgy given to the Church by Paul VI and now canonized with his canonization last year, gives little impression of awe and beauty. The language is pedestrian to say the least. It is a victim of that overused phrase aggiornamento (updating). How one can update something that is a mystery, that is present and is also heavenly, and truly mysterious. In the Orthodox East there is this sense of the Liturgy being what they say it is “The Divine Liturgy”. Occasionally one has to listen in the Catholic Church to such a term as “Holy Mass”, and it sounds rather trite, or that the person using it is trying to make a point, which is understandable as so many celebrations of the Mass appear to be anything but holy. I can remember as a boy of 13 having to serve a Jesuit’s Mass at Stonyhurst College, and it was over and done in 15 minutes! I have no reason to believe that the priest in question was not devout and good, he was certainly eccentric, but one could hardly have described the celebration as Divine!
So let us turn to the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great and read the Anaphora (Eucharistic prayer in the Roman Rite) from the beginning to the Consecration. Here we see something far richer than we find the Tridentine Rite, and obviously it shows the Mass of Paul VI to be extremely insipid; no wonder people were trying, invariably and unsuccessfully to make it more interesting. The grandeur and the elevated language takes us up into the Heavenly Liturgy and we find ourselves in the same world as those great scenes of worship in the Apocalypse.
“Priest: With these blessed powers, O Master who lovest mankind, we sinners also do cry aloud and say: Holy art thou of a truth, and all-holy, and there are no bounds to the majesty of thy holiness, and just art thou in all thy works, for in righteousness and true judgement hast thou ordered all things for us. When thou hadst fashioned man, taking him from the dust of the earth, and hadst honoured him with thine own image, O God, thou didst set him in the paradise and the enjoyment of everlasting good things in keeping thy commandments. But when he disobeyed thee, and the true God, who had created him, and was led astray by the guile of the serpent and rendered subject to death through his own transgressions, thou didst banish him, in thy righteous judgement, O God, from paradise into this world, and didst turn him again to the earth from which he was taken, providing for him the salvation of regeneration, which is in thy Christ himself. Yet thou didst not turn thyself away forever from they creature whom thou hast made, O good One, neither didst thou forget the work of thy hands; but thou didst visit him in diverse manners, through thy tender mercies. Thou didst send forth prophets; thou didst perform mighty works by thy holy ones who, in every generation, were well-pleasing unto thee; thou didst speak to us by the mouths of thy servants the guardian angels. And when the fulness of time was come, thou didst speak unto us through thy Son himself, by whom also thou madest the ages, who, being the Brightness of thy glory and the express Image of thy person and upholding all things by the word of his power, thought it not robbery to be equal to thee, the God and Father. But though he was God before all ages, yet he or when he was about to go to his voluntary and ever-memorable and life-giving death, he took bread in his holy and immaculate hands; and when he had shown it unto thee, the God and Father, and given thanks and blessed it and hallowed it and broken it,
He gave it to his holy disciples and apostles, saying: Take eat, This is my Body which is broken for you, for the forgiveness of sins.
Priest: In like manner, having taken the cup of the fruit of the vine and mingled it and given thanks and blessed it and given thanks and blessed it and hallowed it, He gave it to his holy disciples, and apostles, saying: Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant, which is she for you and for many, for the remission of sins.
Choir: Amen “
Just when we think that things cannot be more ecstatic and heavenly we are overwhelmed by the intoxicating majesty of the Liturgy of St. James, which seems to combine something of the Dies Irae of the Verdi Requiem, the Sanctus of Britten’s War Requiem, with the Veni Creator Spiritus of Mahler’s 8th Symphony, and the closing section of Elgar’s The Apostles. However for those who prefer such modern composers as Cage and Stockhausen who bring Atonalism to its logical and crazy apotheosis what I am writing will make no sense at all. Stockhausen might have been a Marxist, Hans Verner Henze most certainly was, but he was more melodious than the other two.
Here we see the climax of the anaphora leading up to the consecration:
“The celebrant lifts up the shushevo (veil) and waves it three times over the elements, saying in a low voice:
You are the hard rock which sent forth twelve rivers of water for the twelve tribes of Israel. You are the hard rock which was set against the tomb of the saviour.
The celebrant, placing his left hand turns towards the people and blesses them, saying:
The love of God the Father+, the grace of the Only-begotten Son+ and the fellowship of and descent of the Holy Spirit+ be with you all, my brethren, forever.
People: Amen. And with your spirit.
The celebrant, extending and elevating his hands, says aloud:
Upward, where Christ sits on the right hand of God the Father, let our thoughts, minds and hearts be at this hour.
People: They are with the Lord God.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord in awe.
People: It is meet and right.
The celebrant bows down his head, waves his hands over the elements, and says in a low voice:
Truly it is meet and right to thank, worship and praise the Creator of the whole world.
The celebrant, with his hands outstretched, says aloud:
He Whom the heavenly hosts, corporeal and incorporeal, glorify; the sun, the moon and all the stars; the earth, the seas and the first-born inscribed in the heavenly Jerusalem; angels and archangels, celestial virtues, principalities, thrones, dominions, powers, the many-eyed cherubim and the six-winged seraphim who, covering their faces and feet, fly to one another, chanting thrice holy, crying and saying: Holy.
People: Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty; heaven and earth are full of His glories. Hosanna in the highest.
The celebrant, waving his hands over the elements, prays silently:
In truth You are Holy and You make Holy, O King of the worlds, and Holy is Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and Holy too is Your Holy Spirit Who searches out hidden things. You created man out of the earth and placed him in paradise, and when he transgressed Your commandment, You did not leave him straying, but did guide him by the prophets, and in the fullness of time You sent Your Only-begotten Son into the world, Who when he had taken flesh of the Holy Spirit and of the Virgin Mary, renewed Your image which was worn out.
The celebrant takes the host from the paten with his right hand. He puts it on the palm of his left hand, and raising his eyes upward, says aloud:
When He, the sinless One, was prepared to accept the voluntary death for us sinners, He took bread into His holy hands and when He had given thanks, He blessed ++ and sanctified + and broke and gave to His holy disciples, and said: Take, eat of it. This is My Body which for you and for many is broken and given for the remission of sins and for eternal life.
The celebrant takes the chalice with both hands, then he holds it with his left hand and makes over it the sign of the Cross three times. Then he puts the second finger of his right hand on its edge and tilts crosswise, saying:
Likewise, He took the Cup and when He had given thanks, He blessed ++ and sanctified + and gave it to his holy disciples, and said: Take, drink of it, all of you. This is My Blood which for you and many is shed and given for the remission of sins and for eternal life.
In moving to the calling down of the Holy Spirit upon the elements (The Orthodox East does not see the consecration as being complete until the end of the Anaphora.) we see the Deacon warning the congregation that the moment of the descent of the Holy Spirit is imminent.
Deacon: Barekhmor, How awful is this hour and how dreadful is this moment, my beloved, wherein the Holy Spirit from the topmost heights takes wing and descends and hovers and rests upon this Eucharist here present and sanctifies it. Be in calm and awe, while standing and praying.
People: May peace be with you and tranquillity to all of us.
The Invocation of the Holy Spirit
The celebrant waves his hands over the Mysteries, and bowing down his head, says silently:
Have mercy upon us, O God the Father, and send upon these offerings Your Holy Spirit, the Lord Who is equal to You and to the Son in dominion, reign and eternal substance; Who spoke through Your Old and New Testaments; and descended in the likeness of a dove on our Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan River and in the likeness of tongues of fire on the apostles in the Upper Room.”
Then when we look at the introduction to the Our Father we see yet again the splendour of Heaven.
“O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who are blessed by the cherubim, hallowed by the seraphim and exalted by thousands of thousands and myriads of myriads of the rational hosts; You Who sanctify and make perfect the offerings and the ripe fruits, which have been offered for a sweet smelling fragrance, sanctify also our bodies, souls and spirits so that with a pure heart and a face unashamed we may call upon You, O God, the heavenly Father, and pray, saying: Our Father----"
Finally, towards the end of the Liturgy of St. James we see the deacons singing the metrical homily of St. Jacob of Sarug:
“The Lord Whom the seraphs fear to look at,
The same you behold in the bread and wine on the altar,
The lightning clothed hosts are burned if they see Him in His brilliance.
Yet the contemptible dust partakes of Him with confidence.
The Son’s Mysteries are fire among the heavenly beings,
Isaiah bears witness with us to have seen them.
These Mysteries which were in Divinity’s bosom,
Are distributed to Adam’s children on the altar.
The altar is fashioned like the cherubim’s chariot,
And is surrounded by the heavenly hosts.
On the altar is laid the Body of God’s Son,
And Adam’s children carry it solemnly on their hands.
Instead of a man clad in linen, stands the (priest),
And distributes alms (the Eucharist) among the needy.
If envy existed among the angels,
The cherubim would have envied men,
Where Zion set up the Cross to crucify the Son,
There grew up the tree that gave birth to the Lamb.
Where nails were driven in the Son’s hands,
There Isaac’s hands were bound for an offering.
Welcome, priest, who carries the Mysteries of his Lord,
And with his right hand distributes life to men.
Welcome, priest, who carries a pure censer,
And with its fragrance makes the world sweet and pleasant.
Welcome, priest, whom the Holy Spirit did raise up,
And on his tongue bears the keys to the house of God.
Welcome, priest, who binds man in the depth below,
And the Lord binds him in heaven on high. Halleluiah
Welcome, priest, who unbinds men on earth,
And the Lord unbinds him in the highest. Kyrie eleison.
Praise be to the Lord. His mercy upon you and absolution for me.”
This magnificent Liturgy takes in the whole sweep of Salvation History in a most heavenly and beautiful way, and if we in the Latin West are untouched it is because, like the Marxists we can only view everything in a purely utilitarian way. We have forgotten Christ’s words, “The poor you will always have with you.” The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is not Utopia, it is the life of Christ lived through his Church will all its sorrows, and joys, all its sufferings and all its love. Those who rule in the Church have forgotten this to their very great peril and we must pray for their immortal souls even if they have appeared to have committed the sin of final impenitence. The Church, which is that part of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, has lost much of her beauty, not only with regard to her Liturgy, her Church architecture, her music, and art, but also with regard to her morality. Since Pope Francis’s fateful words, 6 years ago on the plane returning from his pastoral visit to Brazil, “Who am I to judge” that baleful attitude to sexual morality has been touted all over the media, both religious and secular. Along with Amoris Laetitia, and Laudato Si, and the Pope’s heretical utterances, this attitude has resulted in the cutting down of the Mustard Tree, but it is a far more resilient bush than one would suppose. No more so than in the true beauty of the Divine Liturgy of the East and the ancient liturgies of the West. As our life on Earth should mirror the life of Heaven then we must reflect what the angels and saints do in Heaven namely praise God with all their love and will.
And so, as pathetic attempts were being made to paganize Catholic worship last week, with a curiously drab pagan tree planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens, attended by shamans and what looked like modern badly dressed nuns, under the ambiguous gaze of Pope Francis, we must be in fear and trembling as the angelic armies unsheathe their swords to exact vengeance on so many unworthy clergy and religious, who have profaned their lives by sexual immorality, and comfortable living. Sadly not only the clergy, but millions of Catholics, let alone millions of Christians have given way to the siren call of sexual pleasure and depravity. However, time is running out and God will punish us and nothing now can save us. We have gone too far with our evil, and the silence of the bishops has left us to the punishment that we all richly deserve. The good will die with the wicked, but only the wicked will go to Hell. What will remain of the Church will be very small, but also what will remain of the Human Race will be very small as well.
For we are now entering the time of dread foreseen in the Apocalypse and which so few are aware of, even at this time of such grave and terrifying danger, and so let us finish with this warning from the Apocalypse, so that we may not be like the foolish virgins caught without oil in their lamps completely unprepared for the arrival of the Bridegroom who is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings:
After this I looked, and the temple of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues, robed in pure bright linen, and their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives for ever and ever; and the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were ended. (Apocalypse 15: vv5-8).