One Little Morsel
Thomas A. Droleskey
It came to pass also, that seven brethren, together with their mother, were apprehended, and compelled by the king to eat swine's flesh against the law, for which end they were tormented with whips and scourges. But one of them, who was the eldest, said thus: What wouldst thou ask, or learn of us? we are ready to die rather than to transgress the laws of God, received from our fathers.Then the king being angry commanded fryingpans, and brazen caldrons to be made hot: which forthwith being heated, He commanded to cut out the tongue of him that had spoken first: and the skin of his head being drawn off, to chop off also the extremities of his hands and feet, the rest of his brethren, and his mother, looking on. And when he was now maimed in all parts, he commanded him, being yet alive, to be brought to the Are, and to be fried in the fryingpan: and while he was suffering therein long torments, the rest, together with the mother, exhorted one another to die manfully,
Saying: The Lord God will look upon the truth, and will take pleasure in us, as Moses declared in the profession of the canticle: And In his servants he will take pleasure. So when the first was dead after this manner, they brought the next to make him a, mocking stock: and when they had pulled off the skin of his head with the hair, they asked him if he would eat, before he were punished throughout the whole body in every limb. But he answered in his own language, and said: I will not do it. Wherefore Ire also in the next place, received the torments of the first: And when he was at the last gasp, he said thus: Thou indeed, O most wicked man, destroyest us out of this present life: but the King of the world will raise us up, who die for his laws, in the resurrection of eternal life. After him the third was made a mocking stock, and when he was required, he quickly put forth his tongue, and courageously stretched out his hands
And said with confidence: These have from heaven, but for the laws of God I now despise them: because I hope to receive them again from him. So that the king, and they that were with him, wondered at the young man's courage, because he esteemed the torments as nothing. And after he was thus dead, they tormented the fourth in the like manner. And when he was now ready to die, he spoke thus: It is better, being put to death by men, to look for hope from God, to be raised up again by him: for, as to thee thou shalt have no resurrection unto life. And when they had brought the fifth, they tormented him. But he looking upon the king,
Said: Whereas thou hast power among men, though thou art corruptible, thou dost what thou wilt: but think not that our nation is forsaken by God. But stay patiently a while, and thou shalt see his great power, in what manner he will torment thee and thy seed. After him they brought the sixth, and he being ready to die, spoke thus: Be not deceived without cause: for we suffer these things for ourselves, having sinned against our God, and things worthy of admiration are done to us: But do not think that thou shalt escape unpunished, for that thou attempted to fight against God. Now the mother was to be admired above measure, and worthy to be remembered by good men, who beheld seven sons slain in the space of one day, and bore it with a good courage, for the hope that she had in God:
And she bravely exhorted every one of them in her own language, being filled with wisdom: and joining a man's heart to a woman's thought, She said to them: I know not how you were formed in my womb: for I neither gave you breath, nor soul, nor life, neither did I frame the limbs of every one of you. But the Creator of the world, that formed the nativity of man, and that found out the origin of all, he will restore to you again in his mercy, both breath and life, as now you despise yourselves for the sake of his laws. Now Antiochus, thinking himself despised, and withal despising the voice of the upbraider, when the youngest was yet alive, did not only exhort him by words, but also assured him with an oath, that he would make him a rich and a happy man, and, if he would turn from the laws of his fathers, would take him for a friend, and furnish him with things necessary. But when the young man was not moved with these things, the king called the mother, and counselled her to deal with the young man to save his life.
And when he had exhorted her with many words, she promised that she would counsel her son. So bending herself towards him, mocking the cruel tyrant, she said in her own language: My son, have pity upon me, that bore thee nine months my womb, and save thee suck years, and nourished thee, and brought thee up unto this age. I beseech thee, my son, look upon heaven and earth, and all that is in them: and consider that God made them out of nothing, and mankind also: So thou shalt not fear this tormentor, but being made a worthy partner with thy brethren, receive death, that in that mercy I may receive thee again with thy brethren. While she was yet speaking these words, the young man said: For whom do you stay? I will not obey the commandment of the king, but the commandment of the law, which was given us by Moses. (2 Machabees 7: 1-30)
Commenting on anything to do with what appears to be the forthcoming "motu proprio" from Joseph Ratzinger concerning the "liberation" of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is a very dicey proposition. It is not possible to offer any extended commentary on the matter until the "motu proprio" is issued and its actual terms, some of which have been leaked to the media in advance of the "motu's" release, are set forth in writing with Ratzinger's final "approval." There are a few general comments, however, that can be offered at this juncture, especially since some press reports, which might very well prove to be spurious, indicate that Ratzinger has approved the elimination of revised Good Friday prayer calling for the conversion of the Jews.("He [Ratzinger] is also understood to have excluded a Good Friday prayer calling for the conversion of Jews that some felt could have upset the sensitive relations between the two faiths," London Telegraph, June 16, 2007.)
If this report is accurate, which may not be the case, we have yet another indication of how far a conciliar "pope" is willing to go in order to appease the "descendants" (at least in a hatred of the Holy Name of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, if not actual blood descendants of Abraham) of those who have tried mightily through the centuries to eradicate all mention of the Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ in public and to intimidate Catholics into refusing to seek their own conversion to the true Church, outside of which there is no salvation. Unlike the example of the seven sons whose heroism in the face of temptation is recounted in the seventh chapter of the Second Book of Machabees, it appears as though many traditionally-minded Catholics who are attached to the false notion that the counterfeit church of conciliarism is the Catholic Church will look the other way as yet another concession is made by a "pontiff" to the eternal haters of Our Lord and His Holy Church. What's the harm of consuming just another little morsel offered by the hands of conciliarists in exchange for the "liberation" of a modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition by a man who is not even a bishop, no less a Successor of Saint Peter?
There will be at least some traditionally-minded Catholics who believe in the legitimacy of the spiritual robber barons in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who will have to swallow very hard to accept the putative elimination of the revised Good Friday prayer calling for the conversion of the Jews. Very hard. They will not eat the morsel offered to them by Joseph Ratzinger with delight. However, they will eat the morsel. After all, as some true believers in Joseph Ratzinger and his "generous gesture" to traditional Catholics with the "motu proprio"
will argue rather plaintively, the version of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews that was revised in 1960 by Angelo Roncalli, when he removed the word "faithless" (or "perfidious") from its text, underwent a further revision in the Ordo Missae of 1965 before being revised in the Novus Ordo Missae itself. Why not, these people will argue, accept the elimination of the prayer in the 1961 version of the Missale Romanum for the sake of the "greater good" of permitting more and more priests (most, although not all, of whom are not really priests) to offer the Mass of Tradition more freely? Anyone who does not recognize that this is the same slippery slope that led to the Protestant-Masonic service known as the Novus Ordo Missae is choosing to see things through rose-colored glasses or is choosing to be willfully blind.
Even the" revision of the revision" that appeared in the Ordo Missae of 1965 is not acceptable to the Talmudic Jews and their sycophantic servants in the counterfeit church of conciliarism, as can be seen quite plainly from its text:
Let us also pray that our God and Lord will look kindly on the Jews, so that they too may acknowledge the Redeemer of all, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty and eternal God, you made the promises to Abraham and his descendants. In your goodness hear the prayers of your Church so that the people whom from of old you made your own may come to the fullness of redemption.
This "revision of the revision" of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews came just ten years after Fathers Annibale Bugnini, C.M., and Ferdinando Antonelli, O.F.M., succeeded in persuading Pope Pius XII to institute kneeling during the original version of the prayer, the text of which remained intact until the Roncalli revision of 1960 (and remains intact in those chapels where true bishops and true priests offer even the revised Holy Week liturgy of Bugnini and Antonelli, no less the complete pre-1956 Holy Week liturgy that is of ancient origin and is in the text of the Missale Romanum promulgated by Pope Saint Pius V in 1570:):
Let us pray also for the faithless Jews: that our God and Lord may remove the veil from their hearts; that they also may acknowledge Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us pray. Almighty and Eternal God, Who dost not exclude from Thy mercy even the faithless Jews: hear our prayers, which we offer for the blindness of that people; that acknowledging the light of Thy Truth, which is Christ, they may be delivered from their darkness. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, through all endless ages. Amen.
Oremus et pro perfidis Judæis: ut Deus et Dominus noster auferat velamen de cordibus eorum; ut et ipsi agnoscant Jesum Christum, Dominum nostrum.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui etiam Judaicam perfidiam a tua miscericordia non repellis: exaudi preces nostras, quas pro illius populi obcaecatione deferimus; ut, agnita veritatis tuae luce, quae Christus est, a suis tenebris eruantur. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Once again, assuming that the London Telegraph report of June 16, 2007, is correct and that the text of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews that is included in the Missale Romanum issued by Angelo Roncalli has indeed been eliminated by Joseph Ratzinger, it would appear, therefore, that the only acceptable prayer to the Talmudic Jews might be the text that appears in the Novus Ordo Missae, which has, as is well known, a Jewish "table prayer" in the place of the traditional Offertory, a move that was insisted upon personally by Giovanni Montini as "good will" gesture to the adherents of the Talmud. Here is the text of the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews in the Novus Ordo Missae:
Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant.
Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your Church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Obviously, the matter of "liberation" of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition has no bearing on those of us who have come to the conclusion that the papal seat is vacant as a result of heresy. Apart from the fact that most of the "bishops" and "priests" in the conciliar structures are of doubtful validity, meaning that many Catholics are not receiving valid sacraments in "indult" chapels (depending upon the date of the ordination of the priest), what is of concern to those of us who have come to accept the sedevacantist position is that more and more Catholics are going to lulled into silence over matters that are essential to the Catholic Faith, more and more convinced that silence is a virtue in the face of appeasing the ancient enemies of Our Lord and His Holy Church, more and more reaffirmed in their false belief that it is not a betrayal of the mission that Our Lord gave to the Eleven on Ascension Thursday to seek the conversion of all men and all nations to the true Faith by refusing to pray publicly for the conversion of those, including Jews, who are steeped in false religions.
The "indult," premised originally upon unjust and illicit conditions by a false "pope" who believed in inter-religious prayer services and who kissed a document, the Koran, that denies the Sacred Divinity of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity made Man in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate womb by the power of the Holy Ghost, has always been a trap to induce silent acquiescence of the "Second" Vatican Council, the Novus Ordo Missae and the decrees and statements and novelties of the postconciliar "popes." Yes, the "indult" has bee a double-edged sword for the conciliarists, helping many of us to find our way out of the Novus Ordo Missae and out of any allegiance to the false "popes" and false "bishops" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. True as well is the fact that some of those who assist at the "indult" continue to "fight," albeit ever more selectively and judiciously, especially as the issuance of the "motu proprio" appears imminent, at least some of the novelties of the past forty years. On balance, however, the "indult" has neutralized the voices of Catholics who have grown comfortable being considered in "good standing" as more and more elements of the Faith come under attack by the conciliar revolutionaries. (See March to Oblivion)
Once again, assuming the press reports about the elimination of the Prayer for the Jews is accurate, it will be very interesting to see if there is even a single, solitary word of protest about this elimination emanating from anyone in the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter or the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest or the Society of Saint John Mary Vianney in Campos, Brazil, or any of the other communities that have been "erected" by "Pontifical" Commission Ecclesia Dei since 1988. Like the many priests in diocesan parishes who continued offering the Novus Ordo Missae despite their fierce objections to it and who continued to stay in the conciliar structures after the proliferation of "extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist" and the "papal" "permission" for altar girls in 1994 and the myriad of other things about which they have barked quite loudly (at least behind closed doors; and I heard a lot of barking from such priests behind closed doors for over two and one-half decades, ladies and gentlemen) but have surrendered to time and time again rather than risk their salaries and benefits and pensions and "good standing," the priests in the "indult," whether validly ordained or not, have surrendered to one betrayal of the Faith after another in order to maintain their "good standing."
This is how the "indult" was meant to work. This is how the new and improved "motu proprio" will work. The first acid test of this will be if it does indeed turn out to be the case that the Good Friday Prayer for the Jews has been eliminated. Will the "euphoria" of the "liberation" of the modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition permit room for anyone even to lament yet another concession made to the enemies of the Faith? Will anyone in the conciliar structures speak out publicly and state the simple fact that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ really does want to effect the conversion of all men in the world, including the Jews, which is why the first pope, Saint Peter, preached to his own people with such eloquence and force on Pentecost Sunday? History is not on the side of courage on this--or any other issue--concerning the Faith when it comes to officials in the "indult" communities and any opposition to the novelties and errors and abominations sponsored by the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
What will add greater cover for Joseph Ratzinger's unapologetic defense of "continuity in discontinuity" as the foundation of what two authors once termed a "regime of novelty" (although only author admits now to having used the term, the other having shed past criticisms of certain conciliar inventions) is the fact that many conciliar "bishops" are going to be publicly outraged about the forthcoming "motu proprio," something that suits Ratzinger's Hegelian mindset perfectly. Traditionally-minded defenders of Ratzinger's "motu proprio" will turn their full attention to identifying and opposing those conciliar "bishops" who speak out against and/or attempt to obstruct the "motu's" implementation. This is a simply grand diversion that no one should think for a moment has escaped the clever mind of the priest who was ordained for the Diocese of Munich-Freising, Germany, on June 29, 1951. All manner of ink will be spilled as those infernal "chat rooms" get filled with commentary after commentary about how one nasty conciliar "bishop" after another is either opposing the "motu"or making it difficult for it to be implemented with the confines of his diocese.
Indeed, imagine the time that will be wasted in letters sent to Rome by angry Catholics in the conciliar structures who will be battling their local "bishops" over the implementation of the "motu." "Let's fight for the Pope!" will be the battle cry that will be sounded by many. What a perfect, if not preternaturally-inspired, way to divert any and all criticism about the new ecclesiology and ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue and World Youth Day and religious liberty and all of the abominations that will continue to proliferate in the liturgical abomination par excellence, the Novus Ordo Missae. The fact that conciliar "bishops" in England and Wales already are protesting the forthcoming "motu proprio" is "manna" from Heaven for Ratzinger and his apologists.
Those of us who have come to the acceptance of the sedevacantist thesis are not one whit better than anyone else. The divisions that exists amongst even believing Catholics, especially amongst those of us who are traditionally-minded in one way or another, come from the adversary, who has blown much demonic smoke into the eyes of each of us at one point or another in the past forty to fifty years in order to create the One World Church of which conciliarism is an important cornerstone and building-block. Those of us who have come to the acceptance of the sedevacantist thesis must pray for our fellow Catholics that they will come to realize that the "liberation" of a modernized version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition by a man who is not a bishop and who has been in the vanguard of one conciliar novelty after another is no victory of the Catholic Faith. We must pray that those who think that the forthcoming "motu proprio" will "turn things around" will come to realize that it is only the minds and hearts of traditionally-minded Catholics that have been turned around by the "indult" in the past and that "things" will remain the same once the "motu" is issued.
This era of apostasy and betrayal through which we are now living should come as no surprise to us. It has been prophesied for a long time. Consider just a few excerpts from Yves Dupont's, Catholic Prophecy: The Coming Chastisement (TAN Books and Publishers, 1970):
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)
Men will surrender to the spirit of the age. They will say that if they had lived in our day, faith would be simple and easy. But in their day, they will say, things are complex; the Church must be brought up to date and made meaningful to the day's problems. When the Church and the world are one, then those days are at hand. Because our Divine Mater placed a barrier between His thins and the things of the world. (Saint Antony of the Desert.)
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. (Anne Katherine Emmerich)
It was revealed to me that through the intercession of the Mother of God all heresies will disappear. This victory over heresies has been reserved by Christ for His Blessed Mother. In the last times the Lord will especially spread the renown of His Mother. Mary began salvation, and by her intercession it will be concluded. Before the Second Coming of Christ, Mary must, more than ever, shine in mercy, might and grace in order to bring unbelievers into the Catholic Faith. The powers of Mary in the last times over the demons will be very conspicuous. Mary will extend the reign of Christ over the heathens and Mohammedans and it will be a time of great joy when Mary, as Mistress and Queen of Hearts, is enthroned. (Venerable Mary of Agreda)
The power of Mary over all devils will be particularly outstanding in the last period of time. She will extend the Kingdom of Christ over the idolaters and Moslems, and there will come a glorious era in which Mary is the Ruler and Queen of Hearts. (Saint Louis de Montfort)
Our trust cannot be placed in false "popes" and their false "motus," which may have a mixture of motives but produces but one result: silence in the face of betrayals of the Catholic Faith. We must place our trust entirely in the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose feast of her Most Pure Heart was two days ago, Saturday, June 16, 2007, the day following the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son. Our Lady will help us to avoid tasting even one little sample of a morsel from conciliarsm, choosing instead to help us keep close to her by means of her Most Holy Rosary so that we can make our own the prayer offered by the mother of the seven sons who refused to eat even one morsel offered them by the pagans:
For we suffer thus for our sins. And though the Lord our God is angry with us a little while for our chastisement and correction: yet he will be reconciled again to his servants. (2 Machabees 7: 32)
This era of apostasy and betrayal will pass. Our Lady will make manifest the Triumph of her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. It will be a triumph that is glorious beyond all telling. All men and all nations will come to honor her as Queen as they submit themselves humbly to her Divine Son's Kingship in every aspect of their lives, doing so as docile members of the Catholic Church, the Mystical Bride of Christ, which shall be restored to all of her glory and which shall give no quarter to the entreaties of her Spouse's ancient enemies as she exclaims with pride and with joy:
Vivat Christus Rex!
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 Anthony of Padua, pray for us.
Saint Basil the Great, 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 Philip Neri, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saints Monica, 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.
Saint Scholastica, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
Saint Joan of Arc, 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.