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The Official Prayer of the Church
Next to the Holy Mass, the Divine Office (or Breviary) is the most important prayer offered to God. It is offered by the Church and in the name of the Church, conferring multifold graces and blessings on those who recite it worthily, attentively and devoutly. Normally the domain of priests and religious, the Church has continued to recommend her official prayer to the faithful. However, until now, the complexity of the rubrics and a lack of suitable translations has deterred many.
Now Accessible to the Layman
With the help of modern technology, it has become easier to overcome these problems. The result is the Roman Breviary published by the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul in both Latin and English. No knowledge of the liturgy is required. All you have to do is click on the feastday, and then on the Canonical Hour you want to say. The rest is just like reading a book—everything is laid out for you in order according to the rubrics of the day. No more flicking through the ribboned sections of a weighty volume. No more apprehension that you are forgetting some obscure rubric. It's all there spelled out, in order, every day.
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And if you do want to deepen your knowledge of the Breviary or the Confraternity, this website can help you with that too. We already provide a short history of the Breviary, instructions on when to recite which Hours, a brief commentary on the psalms, and much more. And for those who would really like to understand the rubrics in greater depth, we provide in our bookstore a detailed but simply written electronic manual entitled How to Say the Breviary. We shall be expanding this website regularly with more information, so check back with us frequently. And may God reward your prayers by bestowing on you all those spiritual favours that come from a devout reading of the Church's Divine Office.
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Link to our Features Page to see what a difference our online edition of the traditional Roman Breviary can make in your life.
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Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
October 27, 2013
Hail Redeemer, King Divine!
Today, the last Sunday of October, has been set aside by Holy Mother Church as the feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This feast was instituted in the year 1926 by Pope Pius XI, inspired by the Holy Ghost, to provide us with a remedy for all the iniquities and miseries of the society we live in today. And there are so many! In my own country, England, the chief cause of death is not heart attacks or cancer. It’s abortion, which accounts now for almost 28 percent of deaths per year. And in this country, with its rising secularism, militant atheism, and anti-Catholicism, we can easily see how the woes of Europe are rapidly taking hold even in this once God-fearing nation.
We don’t need to go far to see the essence of the problem. A good example of it occurred last year just before the presidential elections, when our current Vice President, Joe Biden, nominally Catholic, was asked in a debate how their Catholic faith had shaped their views on abortion. Mr. Biden had the following to say:
“With regard to abortion, I accept my Church’s position on abortion as a de fide doctrine. Life begins at conception. I accept that position in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians, and Muslims and Jews… I just refuse to do that. I do not believe that we have a right to tell other people, women that they cannot control their body.”
Compare Biden’s statement with the words of His Holiness Pope Pius XI in his encyclical Casti Connubii of December 31, 1930:
“Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom we must mention in the first place are infants hidden in the mother's womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cries from earth to Heaven.”
The mental disorder known as liberalism twists the brain into thinking that we can be proud Roman Catholics standing up for our faith, at the same time as we work feverishly to destroy it. Such is Joe Biden’s position on abortion. According to Pius XI he should remember that God will avenge this innocent blood which he and his party are responsible for spilling in such torrents since Roe v. Wade.
And yet, while certainly the Vice President is responsible for his own distorted way of thinking and his lack of opposition to the crime of abortion, is he the one who is ultimately to blame? Unfortunately, his liberal attitudes, which so contradict objective truth and morality, are the product of the same fuzzy modernism so prevalent in the Church since Vatican II. Before Vatican II, the Church gave very clear directives condemning abortion, which included excommunication for all those who participated in any way. But the modernist bishops have now been given orders from no less than George Bergoglio himself, to stop “obsessing over” these relatively minor problems. It’s all about tolerance, the acceptance of other people’s opinions, no matter how evil. And so the current trend in the new Church is to accept, not condemn, not excommunicate by name, those in public office who vote to extend abortion, homosexual marriage and other moral crimes.
God is Truth. Period. As Catholics we have the duty to accept that truth in all its variations as revealed by God and taught by the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. And in accepting that truth, we are duty-bound to spread it among those less fortunate than ourselves, those “devout Christians, and Muslims and Jews”, to use Vice President Biden’s words. We have no choice. We are soldiers in Christ’s army, and our commander-in-chief has told us what is true and what is false, what is right and what is wrong. He has told us to what to do: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations.” How dare any one of us stand up before Christ the King and say like Satan, “I will not serve”, or in the words of Vice President Biden, “I refuse”. I refuse to impose “my” truth on other people. Sorry Joe, but it’s not “your” truth. It is “the” truth, revealed by God and taught by the Church you supposedly belong to. It is the Truth for which missionaries have been giving their life’s blood since the beginning of the Church.
If the Church today did its job properly there would be fewer Joe Bidens polluting the political scene. If the Church spoke with the authority it had before Vatican II, we would not be assaulted daily by new examples of attacks on Truth. There would be no more controversy about banning manger scenes and Christmas carols in the high street or removing the Ten Commandments from our courthouses, and “In God we trust” from our coins. There would be no more vile movies blaspheming Our Lord and the Blessed Mother, or sacrilegious works of “art” in our national museums. Because the Church would be there, ever ready to protect our rights, enforcing boycotts, organizing demonstrations, lobbying Congress, doing whatever was necessary to protect right from wrong. Instead, we have a Church that doesn’t even seem to realize any more that it is The Church, as opposed to just another Christian denomination with the same equal rights as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Salvation Army, and the B’nai Brith.
With a Church like this is it any wonder that people like Joe Biden confuse the Light of Truth and Moral Right with the imposition of a burden on others?
For Christ to be King in our society today, we Catholics must grasp the reins and take charge at the grassroots level. Our leaders have failed us, both in the Church and in Government. The United States Constitution gives us the benefit of believing that it is “we the people” who control our country. Whether that is true or not does not prevent us from taking advantage of the idea. We can control the situation if enough of us wake up to the eternal reality that God is Truth and He is not mocked. Sitting on a sofa and tut-tutting at every new scandal and perversion brought to us with righteous indignation by Fox News will not make a difference. We need to act. Catholic Action!
Here are just two ways in which you and I can help bring about the Kingship of Christ. Not just in the United States but wherever we live. But this is just the beginning. There is much work to do because the Devil has been very busy.
Act first by prayer. Pray for good government. Pray for a government whose laws may be in conformity with the laws of God – it’s that simple! That’s all we’re asking for. A government that we can be proud of, one which can be seen to reflect the justice, the mercy, the goodness of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Secondly, resolve once and for all to withdraw support, any kind of support, from any political party which would promote social issues at variance with those of your faith. When you go to the voting booth, never vote for a political party that as part of its manifesto actively promotes abortion, actively promotes homosexual unions, actively supports the removal of any mention of God from the face of the earth. To vote for that party in an election is to be complicit in its crimes. It is a sin crying from earth to heaven, to use the words of Pius XI. To support with your vote a party which is hell-bent on killing babies, destroying the notion of marriage and family, and wiping out God from our lives, can be nothing less than a grave and mortal sin. Displaying bumper stickers and yard signs, wearing T-shirts, and so on, which praise these men, which cause other people to admire them and vote for them, is not only a mortal sin, but a public mortal sin, and one which would deprive the perpetrator of the right to receive Holy Communion.
On this Feast of Christ the King, let us all do what we can to call upon the authorities in the Church to uphold these censures and impress in people’s minds the vital importance of voting correctly in future elections. Not according to a misinformed conscience, but according to the teachings of Holy Mother Church as revealed by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Not to do so is to participate in the mob that demanded Christ be crucified. Not to speak out and demand the release of Jesus from this bond of evil is to allow the Devil to gain the upper hand. It is to gain the release of Barabbas instead. We are in dangerous times, and the last thing we need is for Barabbas to be unleashed among us. Where will Barabbas lead us? To Calvary perhaps, but not the Calvary of our redemption. To Calvary, the place of the skull, where our Jesus is spat upon and mocked by open blasphemy in the streets, where the effeminate crow their triumph over righteousness, and families are destroyed, where Our Lord is paraded before us clad with the scarlet and purple of the blood of the 55 million dead babies legally butchered since Roe v. Wade. And where the crown of Christ the King has become a crown of thorns.
And where would this logically end? We could never condemn any evil whatsoever for fear of offending those who embrace it. It would be the end of civilization, the triumph of murderers, of pedophiles, of devils incarnate who would be immune to practice their perversions, shielded from harm by the misguided notions of tolerance and false meekness in the very people who should be the chief defenders of morality.
Catholics today need to be real soldiers in the army of Christ the King. We need to obey our commander-in-chief, we need to obey His commandments. We need to defend Faith and Morality. To fight the lies that are constantly being told by those around us, by the politicians, the media, all the machines of propaganda that want to make us believe that right is wrong and wrong is right, that “It’s a woman’s right to choose”, that “Being Gay is Okay”.
As soldiers in Christ’s army we will lack enemies. We must be prudent of course, and fight only our true enemies. Christ’s message of compassion and forgiveness for sinners is an important one. Charity is the highest of the commandments. But when an enemy presents himself, and declares himself the enemy of the Church, the enemy of Christ, then you and I must fight. Because it is a fight to the death, the death of the soul. It is Christ whose cause we must champion. It is Christ for whom we must be ready if necessary to suffer and even to die. The King of kings and Lord of lords does not just ask this of us. He demands it. It is not optional. It is required of us.
The Church does not tell us for whom we should vote on Election Day. The Church in the past did tell us, however, with the voice and the authority of God himself, what befalls the man or woman who helps elect the enemies of the Church. In the Italian elections of 1948, Pope Pius XII threatened with automatic excommunication anyone who voted for a Communist candidate. Those who ignored his warnings found themselves outside the communion of the Church, deprived of her Sacraments and graces. If only the Church today would speak with this same authority, we could perhaps avoid falling into the whirlpool of iniquity and despair which threatens to engulf our once proud nations. May Christ be our King, yesterday, today, and forever.