Christ the King Has Many Champions Who Speak with One Voice
Thomas A. Droleskey
Christ the King has had many champions over the centuries. Each has spoken with a single voice concerning the truth that He must reign as the King of men and of nations at all times in all circumstances without any exceptions or reservations whatsoever. Once again, the following passage from Pope Leo XIII's Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus, November 1, 1900, will illustrate this simple truth from which no Catholic may dissent legitimately and remain a Catholic in good standing:
From this it may clearly be seen what consequences are to be expected from that false pride which, rejecting our Saviour's Kingship, places man at the summit of all things and declares that human nature must rule supreme. And yet, this supreme rule can neither be attained nor even defined. The rule of Jesus Christ derives its form and its power from Divine Love: a holy and orderly charity is both its foundation and its crown. Its necessary consequences are the strict fulfilment of duty, respect of mutual rights, the estimation of the things of heaven above those of earth, the preference of the love of God to all things. But this supremacy of man, which openly rejects Christ, or at least ignores Him, is entirely founded upon selfishness, knowing neither charity nor selfdevotion. Man may indeed be king, through Jesus Christ: but only on condition that he first of all obey God, and diligently seek his rule of life in God's law. By the law of Christ we mean not only the natural precepts of morality and the Ancient Law, all of which Jesus Christ has perfected and crowned by His declaration, explanation and sanction; but also the rest of His doctrine and His own peculiar institutions. Of these the chief is His Church. Indeed whatsoever things Christ has instituted are most fully contained in His Church. Moreover, He willed to perpetuate the office assigned to Him by His Father by means of the ministry of the Church so gloriously founded by Himself. On the one hand He confided to her all the means of men's salvation, on the other He most solemnly commanded men to be subject to her and to obey her diligently, and to follow her even as Himself: "He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me" (Luke x, 16). Wherefore the law of Christ must be sought in the Church. Christ is man's "Way"; the Church also is his "Way"-Christ of Himself and by His very nature, the Church by His commission and the communication of His power. Hence all who would find salvation apart from the Church, are led astray and strive in vain.
As with individuals, so with nations. These, too, must necessarily tend to ruin if they go astray from "The Way." The Son of God, the Creator and Redeemer of mankind, is King and Lord of the earth, and holds supreme dominion over men, both individually and collectively. "And He gave Him power, and glory, and a kingdom: and all peoples, tribes, and tongues shall serve Him" (Daniel vii., 14). "I am appointed King by Him . . . I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession" (Psalm ii., 6, 8). Therefore the law of Christ ought to prevail in human society and be the guide and teacher of public as well as of private life. Since this is so by divine decree, and no man may with impunity contravene it, it is an evil thing for the commonweal wherever Christianity does not hold the place that belongs to it. When Jesus Christ is absent, human reason fails, being bereft of its chief protection and light, and the very end is lost sight of, for which, under God's providence, human society has been built up. This end is the obtaining by the members of society of natural good through the aid of civil unity, though always in harmony with the perfect and eternal good which is above nature. But when men's minds are clouded, both rulers and ruled go astray, for they have no safe line to follow nor end to aim at.
No one can know Our Lord or His Holy Teaching except through His one true Church, the Catholic Church, that He founded upon the Rock of Saint Peter, the Pope. No can one can love Our Lord except by getting to know Him as He Has revealed Himself exclusively through the Catholic Church. No one can serve Our Lord except as a member of His Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. It is only when men start to conform their lives to the Holy Faith by cooperating with the graces won for them by the shedding of every single drop of Our Lord's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross that are made present by the Church in the Sacraments and flow into the hearts of souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, that their societies will have a chance to pursue the temporal common good in light of the good of eternity.
This is what the great exemplars of the Social Reign of Christ the King understood and actually implemented in the era of Christendom, that is, the Catholic Middle Ages. Saint Edward the Confessor, Saint Henry the Emperor, Saint Stephen of Hungary, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Wenceslaus of Bohemia, and Saint Louis IX, King of France, are simply some of those in the Middle Ages who understood that their first responsibility as civil rulers was to foster those conditions in civil society wherein their subjects could better sanctify and thus save their souls as members of the Catholic Church. They recognized that they had to govern according to the Divine Mind, never even considering doing anything contrary to the binding precepts of the Divine positive law and the natural law and thus putting into jeopardy the eternal good of the souls of their subjects. Humble and duly submissive to the authority of Holy Mother Church, these great monarchs and the councillors who served them knew that the exercise of their civil rule over their subjects was not unrestricted. These champions of the Social Reign of Christ the King knew that their civil power could be circumscribed in extraordinary circumstances if the Vicar of Christ or one of his duly appointed legates determined, after exhausting the Church's Indirect Power of preaching and teaching and exhortation, that the good of souls demanded a direct intervention to prevent an action contrary to the good of souls from being undertaken before the fact or to impose just penalties for such an action after it had been undertaken.
Father Denis Fahey, one of the greatest champions of Christ the King outside of the realm of the papacy and the ranks of canonized saints who actually led entire kingdoms during the era of Christendom, summarized the matter very succinctly in his Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World:
In proportion as the Mystical Body of Christ was accepted by mankind, political and economic thought and action began to respect the jurisdiction and guidance of the Catholic Church, endowed, as she is, with the right of intervention in temporal affairs whenever necessary, because of her participation in the spiritual Kingship of Christ. Thus the natural or temporal common good of States came to be sought in a manner calculated to favour the development of true personality, in and through the Mystical Body of Christ, and social life came more and more fully under the influence of the supreme end of man, the vision of God in Three Divine Persons.
Accordingly, Catholic Social Order, viewed as a whole, is not primarily the political and social organization of society. It is primarily the supernatural social organism of the Church, and then, secondarily, the temporal or natural social order resulting from the influence of Catholic doctrine on politics and economics and from the embodiment of that influence in social institutions. If instead of Catholic Social Order we use the wider but more convenient expression of Kingdom of God, we may say that the Kingdom of God on earth is in its essence the Church, but, in its integrity, comprises the Church and the temporal social order which the influence of the Church upon the world is every striving to bring into existence. Needless to say, while the general principles of social order remain always the same, social structures will present great differences at different epochs. No particular temporal social order will ever realize all that the Church is capable of giving to the world. The theology of history must include, then, primarily, the study of the foundation and development of the Church, and secondarily, the examination of the ebb and flow of the world’s acceptance of the Church’s supernatural mission.
Although perfection was not to be found in the era of Christendom, Father Fahey noted that it was the period of time in which the Divine Plan for the organization of society was most perfectly realized, which is why the devil had to attack it so violently by means of the naturalistic, humanistic Renaissance and thence the Protestant Revolt:
The organization of the Europe of the thirteenth century furnishes us with one concrete realization of the Divine Plan. It is hardly necessary to add that there were then to be seen defects in the working of the Divine Plan., due to the character of fallen man, as well as to an imperfect mastery of physical nature. Yet, withal, the formal principle of ordered social organization in the world, the supremacy of the Mystical Body, was grasped and, in the main, accepted. The Lutheran revolt, prepared by the cult of pagan antiquity at the Renaissance, and by the favour enjoyed by the Nominalist philosophical theories, led to the rupture of that order.
The modern State, steeped in religious indifferentism and extolling the "glories" pluralism, is the rotten fruit of the warfare against Christ the King waged by the forces of the Renaissance and the Protestant Revolt and the so-called "Enlightenment." This was the subject of
The Fruit of "Reconciling" with the "Principles" of 1787 on this site a few days ago and has been reviewed any number of times in other articles (as well as in Restoring Christ as the King of All Nations, volume 1). It is, though, important to point out that the promotion of the Social Reign of Christ the King is not the province of one person. Opposition to the condemned heresy of Americanism is not a matter of personal opinion or judgment of one person. History has given us canonized saints who exemplified the Social Reign of Christ the King. God's Holy Providence has given us true popes who have defended the necessity of the confessionally Catholic state. No one is free to dissent. Pope Pius XI made this very clear in Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
Many believe in or claim that they believe in and hold fast to Catholic doctrine on such questions as social authority, the right of owning private property, on the relations between capital and labor, on the rights of the laboring man, on the relations between Church and State, religion and country, on the relations between the different social classes, on international relations, on the rights of the Holy See and the prerogatives of the Roman Pontiff and the Episcopate, on the social rights of Jesus Christ, Who is the Creator, Redeemer, and Lord not only of individuals but of nations. In spite of these protestations, they speak, write, and, what is more, act as if it were not necessary any longer to follow, or that they did not remain still in full force, the teachings and solemn pronouncements which may be found in so many documents of the Holy See, and particularly in those written by Leo XIII, Pius X, and Benedict XV.
There is a species of moral, legal, and social modernism which We condemn, no less decidedly than We condemn theological modernism.
Great champions of the truths of the Social Reign of Christ the King in the half-century since the death of Father Denis Fahey have included (and this is far from an exhaustive list, mind you) the late Hamish Fraser, the late Walter Matt, the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, Solange Hertz, the late Michael Davies, Christopher Ferrara, Dr. John C. Rao, the late Dr. William A. Marra, Michael Matt, the late Brent Bozell, Gary Potter, the late William C. Koneazny, Dr. Donald D'Elia, John Vennari, Bishops Daniel Dolan and Donald Sanborn, Father Martin Stepanich, Father Lawrence C. Smith, Gerald Christian Matatics, and the author of No King But Caesar, Mr. Hugh Akins. Although this list includes Catholics pretty much across the ecclesiastical fault-lines at the present time, each has recognized the lie of the modern state and sought to use the gifts God has given them to defend His Social Reign of men and their nations.
Mr. Hugh Akins was one of the original founders of the League of the Kingship of Christ within the Society of Saint Pius X. His fifth printing of No King But Caesar is an important volume for Catholics to purchase, read, study and reference as it provides proof once again that each champion of Christ the King speaks but with one voice, that of the Catholic Church, that of Catholic truth. While each champion of Christ the King has different areas of focus and a different style of expression, giving him a different "accent," shall we say, of expressing the one voice of the Catholic Church, the message is unalterably the same: each and every nation must be converted to the Catholic Faith for it is only in the true Faith that men can know happiness in their own individual lives and that nations can know any true sense of order and justice socially.
The subtitle of No King But Caesar is "Americanism, Freemasonry and Vatican II." Although, much like myself in the years when I was in the "resist and recognize" camp, Mr. Akins accepts the legitimacy of the conciliar popes, he makes it clear that their teaching deviates from the Catholic Faith and draws the contrast between, if I can say so, conciliarism and Catholicism very effectively. Mr. Akins demonstrates that Americanism, which can be defined as the exaltation of the American founding principles as compatible with and no threat to the integrity of the Catholic Faith, is truly inimical to the Faith:
In its most fundamental application, the social reign of Christ the King, as I said above, translates into the recognition of the divine prerogative of exercising His moral governance over the public life of every nation, its laws, its institutions, its ethos, its very soul, civil governments no less than domestic hearths. This prerogative constitutes the rights of God, which every Christian is obliged to acknowledge and uphold. Together with the law of charity and justice, it is the moral foundation upon which an orderly society and just rule are erected. This is no more human opinion or theory, but Heaven's only formula, the Divine Plan.
In direct opposition to this Divine Plan, however, heretical Americanism stands as the deeply entrenched institutionalized repudiation of the rights of God. It does this by supplanting the rights of God with the rights of man which constitute two radically and fervidly conflicting interests, as this book gives testimony to. Exposing this error is therefore essential to our spiritual well-being, as it is to fostering the highest common good of both neighbor and nation, not to mention that of the one true Church.
When our Blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the King commissioned His first apostles--and with the all true apostles down through the centuries--to go teach, convert and baptize all nations, the nation that was to become nineteen centuries later the world's foremost superpower, the United States of America, was not intended to be exempt from that divine mandate. What is erroneously called America's divine calling, mission and destiny to establish its own unique social order according to its own principles and secular utopian and imperialistic vision, is in reality diametrically opposed to the Divine Plan for the right ordering and supreme welfare of nations. Pride, ignorance and expedience notwithstanding, the pertinacious unwillingness of most Americans and just about all of their religious and political leaders to accept this fact does not change it one iota. Truth maintains its full integrity and efficacy regardless of how many people are unable--or more likely unwilling--to recognize it for what it is and to conform their lives and their politics accordingly.
Nor does it take a doctorate in theology or political science to see that the so-called "American Way" constitutes the institutionalized negation of the right of Christ the King to shed His Divine Light upon the nations, and the negation of the right of the peoples of America to receive the all-essential illumination and grace which pours forth from that all-sufficient Light.
Once clandestine and satanic Freemasonry, the leading agency of Talmudic Zionism, established itself as the indisputable force that now held the destiny of the New World in its slimy tentacles; once the Catholic missionaries were subsequently driven from our shores and a doctrinally compromising native clergy emerged to help enshrine religious liberty and the separation of Church and State in our constitution, our culture and in our national psyche; once these things came to pass, Catholicism in the United States gradually deteriorated into a virtually unrecognizable creed theologically incompatible with the Catholicism of divine origin, of papal primacy and of dogmatic infallibility, and ultimately culminating in the full-fledged apostasy that we are living through at the present time and for the last 40 years. That the heresy of Americanism not only remains a gigantic obstacle to the reign of Christ in the world, but that it has been a major factor as well in the rise of this apostasy even within the holy sanctuary of God's one true Church, are indisputable truths which the vast majority of Catholics have yet to face up to. Be that as it may, it is imperative that they come to grasp the incontrovertible interconnectedness between Protestantism, Freemasonry, Americanism, liberalism, modernism and the vile apostasy that is today ravaging both Church and every nation. (Hugh Akins, No King But Caesar, pp. ii-iii.)
No King But Caesar is compelling reading. It will help to reinforce the points made here on this site and will help Catholics to be "immunized" against the "rush" of electoral politics as the false opposites of the "left" and the "right" contend for power while agreeing completely on the diabolical premise that civil order is the result of some "ideological" program and that the purpose of human existence to materially prosperous, that man does not need to refer all things at all times to Christ the King through Mary our Immaculate Queen. Hugh Akins points out that we are simply experiencing at present the continuing degeneration of an enterprise based on false premises, quoting Christopher Ferrara's ACLA Report about the founders and the "founding principles" as follows:
"The founders were an elite group of intellectuals who by and large did not share the humble Christian piety of the average colonial farmer . . . This is not to suggest that the founders were conscious villains. They were well-intentioned men [this is doubtful in light of their intricate Masonic connections] who by their own lights sought to fashion a political order free of the fratricidal strife they had witnessed between the various Protestant sects in Europe and the colonies . . . They were the products of their age: lineal descendants of the Protestant 'Reformation,' children of the Enlightenment, and intellectual cousins of Voltaire and the French Encyclopedists with the imprudent 'Declaration of the Rights of Man' and their pathological hatred of the Catholic Church.
"Because they stood completely outside the Catholic tradition, men like Madison and Jefferson did not recognize that the religious strife they abhorred had resulted not from the organic unity of Church and state in the Catholic social orders of pre-reformation Europe (and of the Latin countries), but rather from the disruption of that unity by the Protestant revolt, which shattered Christendom into dozens of warring sects, each claiming to be the true religion. The establishment of Anglicanism, Lutheranism and the institutes of Calvin by the force of law actually represented a merger of Church and state, as opposed to the discreet but unified co-existence of the two powers in Catholic countries." (No King But Caesar, p. 50)
Mr. Akins reminds his readers that the United States of America is not a "Christian" nation, noting, of course, that "Protestantism is not true Christianity" and quoting--and then commenting upon--the treaty made by the government of the United States of America with Tripoli in 1796:
"The Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion."
Not in any sense! So speaks our Republic's early fathers. What further proof is required? What higher or more authoritative source can be quoted? What more will it take to convince diehard constitutionalists, conservatives, populists, libertarians and traditionalists alike, that their highly cherished "divinely inspired" Republic was not divinely inspired after all? IF ANYTHING IT WAS DEMONICALLY INSPIRED! All things considered, how could it not have been?
Outlining some useful suggestions for "Reclaiming America for Christ the King" near the end of his book, Mr. Akins provides some insights from Nineteenth Century champion of the Social Reign of Christ King, Vladimir Solovyev:
"Men have imagined that the acknowledgement of the divinity of Christ relieves them of the obligation of taking His words seriously. They have twisted certain texts of the Gospel as to to get out of them the meaning they want, while they have conspired to pass over in silence other texts which do not lend themselves to such treatment. The precept 'Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's is constantly quoted to sanction an order of things which gives Caesar all and God nothing. The saying 'My Kingdom is not of this world' is always being used to justify and confirm the paganism of our social and political life, as though Christian society were destined to belong to this world and not to the Kingdom of Christ. On the other hand the saying, 'All power is given to Me in heaven and and earth' is never quoted. MEN ARE READY TO ACCEPT CHRIST AS SACRIFICING PRIEST AND ATONING VICTIM; BUT THEY DO NOT WANT CHRIST THE KING. His royal dignity has been ousted by every kind of pagan despotism and Christian peoples have taken up the cry of the Jewish rabble: 'We have no king but Caesar!' Thus history has witnessed and we are still witnessing, the curious phenomenon of a society which professes Christianity as its religion but remains pagan not merely in its life but in the very basis of that life." (No King But Caesar, pp. 69-70)
It is easy to see, therefore, that the defense of the Social Reign of Christ the King is universal in scope. Nevertheless, Americanists across the political and theological spectrums, including some who think that they are "traditional" Catholics, believe in the semi-Pelagian lie that man is more or less self-redemptive and that it is not necessary for him to submit himself privately or socially to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church and that is not necessary to have belief in, access to and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace to be virtuous and to grow in personal holiness. Americanists continue to put their hopes in politics, programs, policies or a return to that delusional concept known as "strict construction" of the "original intent" of the framers of the Constitution.
Writing about a half century before Father Fahey came to prominence, America's own Orestes Brownson urged what is anathema to so many "conservatives" and even some "traditionalists:" the conversion of this United States of America to the true Faith:
"Let the American people become truly Catholics and submissive children of the Holy Father, and our republic is safe; let them refuse and seek safety for the secular order in sectarianism or secularism, and nothing can save it from destruction" (Brownson's Quarterly Review, January, 1873, quoted in No King But Caesar, p. 72.)
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego to have effect the conversion of the Americas.
Saint Francis Solano braved a shipwreck to save souls in Peru and Argentina.
The North American Martyrs gave up their lives to plant the seeds of the Faith in North America.
Father Junipero Serra walked up the rugged terrain of California to establish missions to convert the native peoples there.
Father Pierre Jean De Smet worked tirelessly for the evangelization of the Indians of the Rockies and the West.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, S.J., gave up his life to defend the honor and the rights of Christ the King in Mexico.
Why do we think that we are exempt from doing now what they have done before us? Why do we think we do not have the responsibility to plant the seeds for the restoration of Christendom in the Americas, for the establishment of the Catholic States of America as the fruit of the Triumph of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary?
Mr. Hugh Akins's No King But Caesar will help you to amplify the points made here on this site that we do indeed have the responsibility to plant the seeds for the day when all hearts will exclaim "Viva Cristo Rey!" I give this book my heartiest endorsement and hope that it will help to break through the petrified armor that surrounds so many minds and hearts on the heresy of Americanism and all of the manifest evils that it has brought forth in the world and in the midst of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. (Copies may be purchased for $11.95 plus $2.50 for postage and handling. Checks payable to CTC Books, Post Office Box 678047, Orlando, Florida 32867. One can also use the
Order Form on the Catholic Action Resource Center website to order the book. This should be assigned reading in every traditional Catholic school and home-schooling curriculum. Traditional chapels should stock and sell this book)
May Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Empress of the Americas, help us to rely upon her maternal intercession as we offer her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart as many Rosaries each and every day as our states-in-life permit. Let us ask her to raise up more champions of Christ the King who speak with the one voice of Catholic truth in the midst of cowardice, nationalism, apostasy and betrayal.
Viva Cristo Rey!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.,
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saints Monica, pray for us.
Saint Helena, pray for us.
Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, pray for us.
Saint Peter Canisius, pray for us.
Saint Jude, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Francis Solano, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Dominic Savio, pray for us.
Pope Saint Anicetus, pray for us.
Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us.
Saint Justin the Martyr, pray for us.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Antony of the Desert, pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, pray for us.
Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
Saint Peter Damian, pray for us.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Monica, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Isaac Jogues, pray for us.
Saint Rene Goupil, pray for us.
Saint John Lalonde, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel Lalemont, pray for us.
Saint Noel Chabanel, pray for us.
Saint Charles Garnier, pray for us.
Saint Anthony Daniel, pray for us.
Saint John DeBrebeuf, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Hyacinth, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Gerard Majella, pray for us.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Saint Genevieve, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Saint Rita of Cascia, pray for us.
Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us.
Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Venerable Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Father Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Francisco Marto, pray for us.
Jacinta Marto, pray for us.
Juan Diego, pray for us.
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.