The world is awash in blood.
Over four thousand innocent babies are killed by surgical abortions in this country alone each and every day. Countless thousands of others are killed as a result of chemical abortifacients in this country. The numbers of the innocent preborn killed around the world by means of surgical and chemical abortions is staggering.
Millions of embryonic human beings are brought into life to be used in the immoral business of in vitro fertilization, which is supported by our "pro-life" president, who also supports and helps to spread abortifacient contraceptives in this country and around the world. Most of these embryonic human beings are killed in the process of in vitro fertilization. Others are killed as their stem-cells are extracted for alleged scientific and medical "research." The fact that President George W. Bush is expect to veto a Congressional bill design to lift the "limited" Federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research is not a cause for jubilation. Bush supports no limits whatsoever on such research conducted without Federal funding, that is, by universities and hospitals and research centers, who are the recipient of private funding.
Scores upon scores of people are killed by acquaintances in crimes of passion and/or revenge each and every day here and around the world. Complete strangers are killed on subways and buses and on highways for appearing to glance sideways at a person with a weapon and the desire to use it.
The policy of the government of the United States of America is to secure the mythical "freedom" that we are said to enjoy by the use of brute force to export what is said to be the "liberating" agent of mankind, "civil liberty." The fact that our military uses armed force at times indiscriminately and disproportionately in the prosecution of a unjust war and a veritable occupation of another nation is lost on so many jingoistic nationalists, who think that they are somehow made more secure by the use of such force in an illicit and unjust war.
Mohammedans of all stripes believe that the way to "peace" is to liquidate their enemies. Steeped in the blindness of Original Sin and adhering to the precepts of a diabolical religion, founded by a false prophet who aimed to spread this false religion by the force of the sword, Mohammedans kill by their very wicked nature, thinking that they are doing their false "god" a service by shedding the blood of infidels.
Talmudic Jews of all stripes believe just as Mohammedans do, that the only path to "peace" is to hate and to liquidate their enemies. This is what is happening now in Lebanon, a country that has been visited by Israeli aggression all too frequently in the past thirty-one years, as Israeli forces wantonly bombard the targets of their Mohammedan enemies. Showing no regard for innocent life or population centers (Talmudic Jews are not restrained by the precepts of the Just War Theory), the Zionist State of Israel forges ahead to secure its "national security" interests in the belief that Jewish blood is more precious than the blood of other people, making them the mirror image of the Nazis who rounded up the Jews in the Third Reich. Indeed, there is quite a history of Zionist (read: Masonic) aggression against Palestinians, both Christians and Mohammedans, since 1948, including the forcible removal of people from their own homes in order to lay claim to what God Himself had taken away from them in 70 A.D.: the Holy Land.
The so-called People's Republic of China continues to brutalize "underground" Catholics who are faithful to Rome rather than truly schismatic and heretical rump church, the Chinese Patriotic Caatholic Association, created by the regime of Mao Tse-tung in 1957. The Red Chinese authorities continue to impose their brutality upon any of their citizens who dares to resist their draconian "population policies," rounding up and torturing and imprisoning anyone and everyone who wants to report the facts of these policies to the outside world.
Modernity itself is founded in the blood of Catholics. The Protestant Revolt was awash with Catholic blood. The French Revolution was awash with Catholic Blood. The various Masonically-inspired revolutions in Latin America were awash with Catholic blood. The Bolshevik and Maoist and Castroist and Sandinista revolutions were awash in Catholic blood.
Indeed, President Woodrow Wilson believed that the shedding of Catholic blood in Mexico in the second decade of the Twentieth Century might produce salutary results for that country, namely, a "liberal" democracy:
"Wilson replied [to a Father Kelley, who was a representative of James Cardinal Gibbons, the Archbishop of Baltimore, for whom Wilson had such contempt that he addressed him as Mister Gibbons]: 'I have no doubt but that the terrible things you mention have happened during the Mexican revolution. But terrible things happened also during the French revolution, perhaps more terrible things than have happened in Mexico. Nevertheless, out of that French revolution came the liberal ideas that have dominated in so many countries, including our own. I hope that out of the bloodletting in Mexico some such good yet may come.'
"Having thus instructed his caller in the benefits which must perforce accrue to mankind out of the systematic robbery, murder, torture and rape of people holding a proscribed religious conviction, the professor of politics [Wilson] suggested that Father Kelley visit Secretary of State Williams Jennings Bryan, who expressed his deepest sympathy. Obviously, the Wilson administration was committed to supporting the revolutionaries (Robert Leckie, Catholic and American, p. 274).
This shedding of the blood of innocent human beings, which has its remote origins in Original Sin and is accelerated by the effects of the Actual Sins of all men, including each one of us, is made all the more common as a result of the apostasy taking place at present in the highest reaches of the Vatican. Conciliarists, including Benedict XVI, speak of an accommodation to the "principles of 1789" while those principles unfold themselves in a bloody manner each of every day. Conciliarists, including Benedict XVI and his hand-picked curial representatives, speak of "peace" in a naturalist, Masonic sense, preferring to believe that Christendom is an era in history that has passed and cannot be recapture, if indeed it was ever just for a Christendom to have existed in the first place. Conciliarists try to oppose some of the prevailing evils of the day in a non-denominational or inter-denominational fashion, demonstrating the complete and total triumph of The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita.
The state of the conciliar church today is the result of a carefully orchestrated effort to infiltrate her with the principles of Protestantism and Freemasonry. John Vennari notes that this infiltration was detected as early as the pontificate of Pope Pius XI. Writing in his masterful The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church, Mr. Vennari discussed the plans of Freemasons to infiltrate the Church:
In his book Athanasius and the Church of Our Time, Bishop Rudolph Graber quoted a Freemason who declared that "the goal [of Freemasonry] is no longer the destruction of the Church, but to make use of it by infiltrating it.
In other words, since Freemasonry cannot completely obliterate Christ's Church, it plans not only to eradicate the influence of Catholicism in society, but also to use the Church's structure as an instrument of "renewal," "progress" and "enlightenment" to further many of its own principles and goals.
The strategy advanced in The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita is astonishing in its audacity and cunning. From the start, the document tells of a process that will take decades to accomplish. Those who drew up the document knew that they would not see its fulfillment. They were inaugurating a work that would be carried on by succeeding generations of the initiated. The Permanent Instruction says, "In our ranks the soldier dies and the struggle goes on."
The Instruction called for the dissemination of liberal ideas and axioms throughout society and within the institutions of the Catholic Church so that laity, seminarians, clerics and prelates would, over the years, gradually be imbued with progressive principles.
In time, this mind-set would be so pervasive that priests would be ordained, bishops would be consecrated and cardinals would be nominated whose thinking was to be in step with the modern thought rooted in the French Revolution's Declaration of the Rights of Man and other "Principles of 1789" (equality of religions, separation of Church and State, religious pluralism, etc.)
Eventually, a Pope would be elected from these ranks who would lead the Church on the path of "enlightenment" and "renewal." They stated that it was not their aim to place a Freemason on the Chair of Peter. Their goal was to effect an environment that would eventually produce a Pope and a hierarchy won over to the ideas of liberal Catholicism, all the while believing themselves to be faithful Catholics.
These Catholic leaders, then, would no longer oppose the modern ideas of the Revolution (as had been the consistent practice of the Popes from 1789 until 1958--the death of Pope Pius XII--who condemned these liberal principles) but would amalgamate them into the Church. The end result would be a Catholic clergy and laity marching under the banner of the Enlightenment, all the while thinking they are marching under the banner of the Apostolic keys. [John Vennari, The Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita: A Masonic Blueprint for the Subversion of the Catholic Church, pp. 1-3.]
The triumph of the Masonic spirit in the ethos of conciliarism makes quite relevant Pope Leo XIII's telling warning, given in Custodi Di Quella Fede, December 8, 1892, of what the Freemasons hoped to accomplish, that is, the reconciliation of the Catholic Church with its own diabolically revolutionary principles (the devil was, after all, the first revolutionary, rebelling against God Himself):
Everyone should avoid familiarity or friendship with anyone suspected of belonging to masonry or to affiliated groups. Know them by their fruits and avoid them. Every familiarity should be avoided, not only with those impious libertines who openly promote the character of the sect, but also with those who hide under the mask of universal tolerance, respect for all religions, and the craving to reconcile the maxims of the Gospel with those of the revolution. These men seek to reconcile Christ and Belial, the Church of God and the state without God.
Does not Benedict XVI, in contradistinction to the entire patrimony of the Catholic Church prior to 1958, contend that the state must be without God, that the state must not confess any particular religion, including the true religion, Catholicism, that the Protestant/Judeo-Masonic heresy of the separation of Church and State is a "protection" of the interests of the Church that is mandated by a respect for the heresy of religious liberty, which contends that false religions have the civil right to propagate their falsehoods in civil society? Has not this un-Catholic belief been condemned repeatedly as expression of the desire of the devil himself to convince man that he can create "peace" without regard to the Social Reign of Christ the King and the teaching authority and sanctifying offices of the Catholic Church?
To be sure, those steeped in the blindness of Original Sin or the ravages of Mortal Sin are going to wreak their havoc in the world no matter how firmly the Church proclaims the immutable truths of the Divine Redeemer. Wars, sometimes quite cruel and full of terrible atrocities, occurred during the era of Christendom. Granted. The Church, however, has been unyielding, at least until conciliarism, in calling men to conversion. She calls her own children to quit their sins and to repent of them. She calls upon those outside of her fold to quit their errors and enfold themselves into her own maternal embrace.
Conciliarism, however, having made its demonic "reconciliation" with the anti-Incarnational principles of Modernity, prefers to believe that men can pursue virtue on their own without having to be in states of Sanctifying Grace and without having to submit themselves entirely, body and soul, to the Deposit of Faith that Our Lord has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for the sanctification of their souls and the right ordering of their nations. Conciliarism thus feeds into fallen man's bent to shed the blood of others in their quest to "build the better world." Those steeped in the blindness of Original Sin and the ravages of Mortal Sin no longer have a loving mother calling them to herself so that they can know the only means of peace, that of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as a result of the Triumph of His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
We do not know when the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will take place. While there are evidently some mystics who believe that it will take place in a certain time frame after a world war, we must keep praying Rosary after Rosary after Rosary after Rosary. We do not know for sure the day or the hour of our own death, no less when Our Lady's Fatima Message will be fulfilled by the proper consecration of Russia by a pope with all of the world's bishops.
Attempting to claim a certain time frame for the fulfillment of the Fatima Message (or of the passages of the Book of the Apocalypse) is a risky business, reminiscent of an afternoon I spent in May of 1987 with a group of Catholic men in Lynbrook, Long Island in the company of Father Malachi Martin. The entire afternoon was spent discussing when the end of the world would take place. Knowing that the end of my world could occur at any time, I was, truthfully, more than a little oppressed by the whole discussion. The crowning moment came when Father Martin intoned the following at the end of the "discussion:" "I think we can be reasonably certain that the end of the world will occur on the feast of a male martyr of the Eucharist in 1992." The point of this is not to bash the late Father Martin: it is to point out that while various genuine mystics may believe events will unfold in a certain time frame, we must proceed on the basis that our prayers and penances and sacrifices, offered freely to Our Lady as the consecrated slaves of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, are absolutely necessary at this time so as to help us recognize and reject conciliarism in its entirety. We must come to understand that conciliarism has aided and abetted the anti-Incarnational forces of Modernity that believe in war and armed struggle and revolution and rebellion as the first and only resort in the face of various injustices, whether real or imagined.
There are times when a nation must use force to defend its legitimate national security interests from the imminent threat posed by an aggressor. Such force must be used justly and commensurately (as I pointed out in my series on the Ten Commandments). Its use must facilitate a just cessation of hostilities. The vanquished, although subject to the demands of strict justice, must also be treated with Mercy. That is, the leaders of a nation prosecuting a just war must not demonize the peoples of the aggressor nations (the Germanophobia of Woodrow Wilson's propaganda campaign in World War I, to provide an American example of this). Prayers must be offered for the conversion of the aggressors. And forgiveness must be offered to those involved in the aggression as a fundamental prerequisite of the interior life and to assure that any prosecution of the aggressors after a war will be without malice, without hatred, without vengeance, without vindictiveness.
Once again, it is important to quote from Pope Pius XI's Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
The same effects which result from these evils among individuals may likewise be expected among nations. "From whence are wars and contentions among you?" asks the Apostle St. James. "Are they not hence from your concupiscences, which war in your members?" (James iv, 1, 2)
The inordinate desire for pleasure, concupiscence of the flesh, sows the fatal seeds of division not only among families but likewise among states; the inordinate desire for possessions, concupiscence of the eyes, inevitably turns into class warfare and into social egotism; the inordinate desire to rule or to domineer over others, pride of life, soon becomes mere party or factional rivalries, manifesting itself in constant displays of conflicting ambitions and ending in open rebellion, in the crime of lese majeste, and even in national parricide.
These unsuppressed desires, this inordinate love of the things of the world, are precisely the source of all international misunderstandings and rivalries, despite the fact that oftentimes men dare to maintain that acts prompted by such motives are excusable and even justifiable because, forsooth, they were performed for reasons of state or of the public good, or out of love for country. Patriotism -- the stimulus of so many virtues and of so many noble acts of heroism when kept within the bounds of the law of Christ -- becomes merely an occasion, an added incentive to grave injustice when true love of country is debased to the condition of an extreme nationalism, when we forget that all men are our brothers and members of the same great human family, that other nations have an equal right with us both to life and to prosperity, that it is never lawful nor even wise, to dissociate morality from the affairs of practical life, that, in the last analysis, it is "justice which exalteth a nation: but sin maketh nations miserable." (Proverbs xiv, 34)
Perhaps the advantages to one's family, city, or nation obtained in some such way as this may well appear to be a wonderful and great victory (this thought has been already expressed by St. Augustine), but in the end it turns out to be a very shallow thing, something rather to inspire us with the most fearful apprehensions of approaching ruin. "It is a happiness which appears beautiful but is brittle as glass. We must ever be on guard lest with horror we see it broken into a thousand pieces at the first touch." (St. Augustine de Civitate Dei, Book iv, Chap. 3)
There is over and above the absence of peace and the evils attendant on this absence, another deeper and more profound cause for present-day conditions. This cause was even beginning to show its head before the War and the terrible calamities consequent on that cataclysm should have proven a remedy for them if mankind had only taken the trouble to understand the real meaning of those terrible events. In the Holy Scriptures we read: "They that have forsaken the Lord, shall be consumed." (Isaias i, 28) No less well known are the words of the Divine Teacher, Jesus Christ, Who said: "Without me you can do nothing" (John xv, 5) and again, "He that gathereth not with me, scattereth." (Luke xi, 23)
These words of the Holy Bible have been fulfilled and are now at this very moment being fulfilled before our very eyes. Because men have forsaken God and Jesus Christ, they have sunk to the depths of evil. They waste their energies and consume their time and efforts in vain sterile attempts to find a remedy for these ills, but without even being successful in saving what little remains from the existing ruin. It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law. . . .
Because the Church is by divine institution the sole depository and interpreter of the ideals and teachings of Christ, she alone possesses in any complete and true sense the power effectively to combat that materialistic philosophy which has already done and, still threatens, such tremendous harm to the home and to the state. The Church alone can introduce into society and maintain therein the prestige of a true, sound spiritualism, the spiritualism of Christianity which both from the point of view of truth and of its practical value is quite superior to any exclusively philosophical theory. The Church is the teacher and an example of world good-will, for she is able to inculcate and develop in mankind the "true spirit of brotherly love" (St. Augustine, De Moribus Ecclesiae Catholicae, i, 30) and by raising the public estimation of the value and dignity of the individual's soul help thereby to lift us even unto God.
Finally, the Church is able to set both public and private life on the road to righteousness by demanding that everything and all men become obedient to God "Who beholdeth the heart," to His commands, to His laws, to His sanctions. If the teachings of the Church could only penetrate in some such manner as We have described the inner recesses of the consciences of mankind, be they rulers or be they subjects, all eventually would be so apprised of their personal and civic duties and their mutual responsibilities that in a short time "Christ would be all, and in all." (Colossians iii, 11)
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
Conciliarism has muted this clear voice of the Church to oppose the Judeo-Masonic belief that men can produce "peace" solely by the use of their own unaided reasoning powers, making it more and more possible for warfare to waged by Americanists and Zionists and Mohammedans and Bolseheviks and Maoists and countless other followers of secular "isms." Secularism and all of its attendant, multifaceted evils can be combated successfully only by Catholicism, something that is lost on conciliarism and its apologists. Mankind, having been subjected to the assault on souls waged by conciliarism in the past forty-eight years, is thus consigned to an endless escalation of wars and bloodshed, which will continue exponentially as part of the chastisement before Russia is finally consecrated to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.
War will not be a first and only resort during the Reign of Mary Immaculate. While human nature will remain wounded as a consequence of the Fall and of man's own Actual Sins, men and their nations will have first and principal resort to the graces that flow to us through Our Lady's loving and merciful hands. May we, by keeping a set of Rosary beads in our hands as frequently as we can during the course of the day, help to bring about the day when men will live in the peace of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as the adopted sons and daughters of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Who stood by the foot of the Holy Cross and watched her Divine Son shed His Most Precious Blood for us so that we would not shed the blood of each other, seeing in all others, the image of the Divine Redeemer Himself.
Vivat Christus Rex!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John Gualbert, pray for us.
Saints Felix and Nabor, pray for us.
Pope Saint Anacletus, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us on this day.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Basil the Great, pray for us.
Saint Gertrude the Great, pray for us.
Pope Saint Gregory the Great, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us.
Saint Nicholas of Flue, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Peter Canisius, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues and Companions, pray for us.
Saint Edmund Campion, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
An Afterword: Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre Reflecting on his "Suspension," 1976:
“What could be clearer. We are suspended a divinis by the conciliar church, for the conciliar church to which we have no wish to belong.
The conciliar church is a schismatic church because it breaks with the Catholic Church that has always been. It has its new dogmas, its new priesthood, its new institutions, its new worship; all already condemned by the church in many a document – official and definitive.
This is why the founders of the conciliar church insist so much on obedience to today’s church, prescinding from yesterday’s church as though it no longer existed.
This conciliar church is schismatic because it has taken as a basis for its updating, principals opposed to those of the Catholic Church. This conciliar church is therefore not Catholic!
To whatever extent pope, bishops, priests, or faithful adhere to this new church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church.
Today’s Church is the true Church only to whatever extent it is a continuation of and one body with the Church of yesterday and of always. The norm of Catholic faith is tradition. The demand of His Eminence Msgr Benelli is then illuminating: submission to the conciliar church, to the Vatican II church, to the schismatic church!
For our part we persevere in the Catholic church by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
Whatever our conclusions currently, can we all agree that Archbishop Lefebvre was exactly correct thirty years ago?
A Few Reflections to Keep in Mind as We Keep in Prayer
The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters. (Saint Nicholas of Flue)
Blessed Anne Katherine Emmerich had a pretty good grasp on what would happen in the future, which appears to describe perfectly our own present days:
Then, I saw that everything that pertained to Protestantism was gradually gaining the upper hand, and the Catholic religion fell into complete decadence. Most priests were lured by the glittering but false knowledge of young school-teachers, and they all contributed to the work of destruction.
In those days, Faith will fall very low, and it will be preserved in some places only, in a few cottages and in a few families which God has protected from disasters and wars.
I see many excommunicated ecclesiastics who do not seem to be concerned about it, or even aware of it. Yet, they are (ipso facto) excommunicated whenever they cooperate to [sic] enterprises, enter into associations, and embrace opinions on which an anathema has been cast. It can be seen thereby that God ratifies the decrees, orders and interdictions issued by the Head of the Church, and that He keeps them in force even though men show no concern for them, reject them, or laugh them to scorn. . . .
I saw that many pastors allowed themselves to be taken up with ideas that were dangerous to the Church. They were building a great, strange, and extravagant Church. Everyone was to be admitted in it in order to be united and have equal rights: Evangelicals, Catholics, sects of every description. Such was to be the new Church. . . But God had other designs.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.