Vol 12 Issue 8 ~ Editor: Rev. Fr. Courtney Edward Krier
February 23, 2019 ~ Saint Peter Damian
1. What is the Sacrament of Confirmation
2. Sexagesima Sunday
3. Saints Matthias
4. Family and Marriage
5. Articles and notices
Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Peter Damian. This saint lived in the eleventh century and was made a Cardinal by Pope Clement II because he was insistent that clergy and religious live their vows, that they stop the incontinent lives they were living through sodomy and marital intercourse that was bringing so much disdain upon the Church as well as their simony. He wrote a letter to St. Leo IX on the harm done by such acts, especially sodomy, that it was distributed under the name, Sodom and Gomorra. The Popes at that time were trying to eradicate the evilness of this sin and found St. Peter Damian qualified to preach against it. In 1826, Pope Leo XII made St. Peter Damian a Doctor of the Church, ratifying the teaching this Saint propagated as accepted by the Church as her own teaching, especially at a time when Leo XII and his predecessors and successors were fighting against the evils the Masonic sects were introducing into society through the perversity of morals.Saint Peter Damian wrote:
Unquestionably, this vice, since it surpasses the enormity of all others, is impossible to compare with any other vice. Without fail it brings death to the body and destruction to the soul. It pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the mind, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, and gives entrance to the devil, the stimulator of lust. It leads to error, totally removes truth from the deluded mind, prepares a trap for the traveler and secures the pit and makes it impossible for the victim to escape. It opens up hell and closes the gates of paradise, changes citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem into an heir of infernal Babylon, and turns a heavenly star into chaff for eternal fire; it cuts off a member of the Church and hurls him into the depths of the devouring flames of hell. This vice attempts to destroy the walls of our heavenly fatherland and tries to rebuild the defenses of Sodom that were razed by fire. It is this vice that violates temperance, slays modesty, strangles chastity, and slaughters virginity with a knife dipped in the filthiest poison. It defiles all things, sullies all things, pollutes all things; and as for itself, it allows nothing to be pure, nothing to be spotless, nothing to be clean. “To the pure,” as the Apostle says, “all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure.” [Titus 1:15] –Letter 31, 41
Faithful Catholics know that the Catholic Church has, is and must continue to oppose the enemies of the Church, be it Sodomy, Divorce and Adultery, Abortion, Mohammedanism, Masonry or Jewry—even though seemingly accepted in a pluralistic but secular society.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach a gospel to you besides that which we have preached to you, let him be anathema. As we said before, so now I say again: If any one preach to you a gospel, besides that which you have received, let him be anathema. For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. (Gal. 1:8-10; cf. 2 Cor. 11:4ff)
The gospel of the Conciliar Church is not the Gospel preached to us pre-Vatican II. The Gospel preached pre-Vatican displeased man and the Vatican II hierarchy chose to preach a gospel pleasing to man but displeasing to God—following their own deceits inspired and desired by anti-Christs.
As always, enjoy the readings and commentaries provided for your benefit. —The Editor
WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
by Rev. Courtney Edward Krier
The New Conciliar Rite in comparison with the Tridentine Rite
Conciliar Rite Roman Rite
|So now, before you receive the Spirit, I ask you to renew the profession of faith you made in Baptism or your parents and godparents made in union with the whole Church. Bishop:Do you reject Satan and all his works, and all his empty promises?Candidates: I do. Bishop:Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?Candidates: I do. Bishop:Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father?Candidates: I do. Bishop:Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in confirmation?Candidates: I do. Bishop:Do you believe in the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?Candidates: I do. The bishop confirms their profession of faith by proclaiming the faith of the Church:This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.The whole congregation responds: Amen. For This is our faith, some other formula may be substituted, or the community may express its faith in a suitable song. THE LAYING ON OF HANDS 41. The concelebrating priests stand near the bishop. He faces the people and with hands joined, sings or says: My dear friends:in baptism God our Father gave the new birth of eternal life to his chosen sons and daughters, Let us pray to our Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ the Son of God. All pray in silence for a short time. 42. The bishop and the priests who will minister the sacrament with him lay hands upon all the candidates (by extending their hands over them). The bishop alone sings or says: All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.℟. Amen. THE ANOINTING WITH CHRISM 43. The deacon brings the chrism to the bishop. Each candidate goes to the bishop, or the bishop may go to the individual candidates. The one who presented the candidate places his right hand on the latter’s shoulder and gives the candidate’s name to the bishop; or the candidate may give his own name. 44. The bishop dips his right thumb in the chrism and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says: N., be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.The newly confirmed responds: Amen. The bishop says:Peace be with you.The newly confirmed responds: And also with you. 45. If priests assist the bishop in conferring the sacrament, all the vessels of chrism are brought to the bishop by the deacon or by other ministers. Each of the priests comes to the bishop, who gives him a vessel of chrism. The candidates go to the bishop or to the priests, or the bishop and priests may go to the candidates. The anointing is done as described above (no. 44). 46. During the anointing a suitable song may be sung. After the anointing the bishop and the priests wash their hands. GENERAL INTERCESSIONS 47. The general intercessions follow, in this or a similar form determined by the competent authority. Bishop:My dear friends: let us be one in prayer to God our Father as we are one in the faith, hope, and love his Spirit gives. Deacon or minister:For these sons and daughters of God, confirmed by the gift of the Spirit, that they give witness to Christ by lives built on faith and love: let us pray to the Lord.℟. Lord, hear our prayer. Deacon or minister:For their parents and godparents who led them in faith, that by word and example they may always encourage them to follow the way of Jesus Christ: let us pray to the Lord.℟. Lord, hear our prayer. Deacon or minister:For the holy Church of God, in union with N. our pope, N. our bishop, and all the bishops, that God, who gathers us together by the Holy Spirit, may help us grow in unity of faith and love until his Son returns in glory: let us pray to the Lord.℟. Lord, hear our prayer.|
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