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Prayers for Bp. Tissier de Mallerais

A little late to this report but please remember to pray for the speedy recovery of Bp. Tissier.

The ordination to minor orders, scheduled for today, April 5, sadly had to be delayed. The ceremonies will be re-scheduled as soon as possible and we will update everyone accordingly.

Unfortunately, His Excellency Bishop Tissier was unable to ordain seminarians to the minor orders due to poor health. While he remains hospitalized due to an infection, he is in good spirits and appreciates any prayers for a speedy and full recovery. As of today, a routine surgery will be performed on Monday, April 8th, in order to ensure his full health.

The occasion for the surgery is the infected bug bite that he received while traveling in Europe. For some reason, the oral antibiotics that he was prescribed in Europe did not “take hold” and the infection developed into cellulitis. When, upon his return to the United States, it became clear that oral antibiotics were not proving effective, he was admitted into the hospital this past Saturday, March 30th, to receive intravenous antibiotics. Nevertheless, from recent medical imaging, it seems that some of the infected tissue has “walled itself off” (not an entirely uncommon occurrence with infections) and cannot be reached by intravenous antibiotics, his doctors felt that the safest and surest course was to do the simple surgery to take out the infected tissue.

As soon as we have an update, we will pass along the outcome. Please pray for His Excellency, the seminarians, and their families!

 

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Archbishop Lefebvre’s final days

I’d be remiss not to post this excellent article, with the recent passing of the Anniversary of the SSPX Episcopal Consecrations on the 25th, a day, a ceremony that will be remembered in the annals of Catholic history one day, as the day that the apostolic traditions were preserved & handed on for future generations. Praise the Archbishop for that!

https://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/anniversary-archbishop-lefebvres-death-look-his-final-years-46428

The rapid geographical expansion of the Society in England, France and the United States of America, as well as the influx of candidates for the priesthood, reassured Archbishop Lefebvre in his conviction that his work was serving the Church and saving the Catholic priesthood.

Despite the Roman condemnations, which were painful both to him and to his Society, because he refused to implement the liturgical reform, Marcel Lefebvre persisted: “To obey,” he said, “would be to collaborate in the destruction of the Church.” He pursued his initial goal: to form priests with zeal for the true teaching and sanctification of souls. Besides Econe, he founded a seminary in the United States (1974), another in German-speaking Switzerland (1975), which would be relocated to Germany (1977), a fourth in Argentina (1979), a fifth in France (1986) and a sixth in Australia (1986).

Centerpiece of the Society: the priory

The founder, who was also the first superior general, met with his priests for yearly retreats, explained to them that the priories, in which they led a common life of prayer, study and apostolate, are bastions from which they must let their light shine forth all around in various fields of the apostolate. Besides its priories, the Society established chapels and missions, but also primary and secondary schools. The priests are assisted in their work by the brothers of the Society.

Thanks to his two religious sisters, the prelate then founded the society of the Sisters of the Society of St. Pius X and a Carmel, which soon spread (Belgium, France, Switzerland, United States).

Several institutes of women religious, both teaching and nursing sisters, united their works to those of the priests of the Society, as well as societies of priests or men religious founded with the encouragement of Archbishop Lefebvre: Benedictine, Capuchin and Dominican communities that looked to him.

Age did not slow him down

The archbishop traveled throughout the world to preach the pure Faith in its fullness, to support families and to encourage the laity. He also conferred the sacrament of confirmation, despite the frequent displeasure of the local bishops.

In 1982, at the age of 77, he resigned from his position as Superior General of the Society and left the government thereof to his successor, Fr. Franz Schmidberger. For a long time he hoped that one bishop or another would take care of the confirmations and especially the priestly ordinations after he was gone, or more reliably, that Rome would once again recognize the Society of St. Pius X by giving it a modified canonical status: sufficient freedom of action in relation to the dioceses, and the grant of at least one bishop, a member of the Society, to confer holy orders.

But his efforts along these lines with the Roman authorities failed in May 1988. Given his advanced age, and not wishing to leave hundreds of seminarians and thousands of lay faithful orphans, he had no alternative but to consecrate four bishops himself, despite the opposition of Pope John Paul II. On June 30, 1988, in Econe, with Bishop de Castro Mayer, he consecrated his successors in the episcopacy.

“Operation Survival”

In agreeing to incur unjustly the penalty of excommunication, he deemed that the situation of necessity of the faithful, caused by the modernism of the highest-ranking ecclesial authorities, justified his act, which he called “Operation Survival”.

With complete peace of mind and soul he passed away on March 25, 1991.

The Sacrament of Holy Orders (5): Prayers of St. Therese of Lisieux for Priests

My Patroness, St. Therese had a great love, admiration & respect for the Priesthood, as evidenced in these beautiful prayers she penned.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/sacrament-holy-orders-5-prayers-st-therese-lisieux-priests-45212

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to obtain priests through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Priesthood:

O Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ the High Priest, Mother of priests throughout the whole world, you have a special love for priests because they are the living image of your Only Son. You helped Jesus throughout your entire earthly life, and you continue to help Him in Heaven.

We beseech thee to pray for priests! ‘Pray to the heavenly Father that He send laborers into His harvest.’ Pray that we may always have priests to give us the sacraments, explain the Gospel of Christ to us, and teach us to become true children of God! O Virgin Mary, ask God the Father thyself for the priests we so sorely need; and since thy heart has all power over Him, obtain for us, O Mary, priests who are saints! Amen.

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus to Christ the High Priest:

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Thy priests within the shelter of Thy Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Thy Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with Thy Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

Let Thy holy love surround them and shield them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here and in Heaven and their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.

Sacrament of Holy Orders: A Divine Call (4)

The Sacred Calling does not belong to everyone but only to those that God has placed His mark upon & chosen to be imitators of Him. How many have infiltrated this sacred function to do the work of the devil by destroying morality & religion & the bodies
& souls of children?  Their judgment & punishment will be swift.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/sacrament-holy-orders-divine-call-4-45209

The Catholic priesthood, despite the war waged against it, will last until the end of time, because Jesus Christ has promised that the powers of hell will never prevail against His Church.

And the priesthood is absolutely necessary in the Church, since it is by it that the faithful participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and receive most of the sacraments, their instruction in the Faith, and pastors to guide them towards everlasting life.

Parents who force or oblige their children to enter into the priesthood commit a grave sin; they usurp the rights of God, who has reserved for Himself, through the ministry of the bishops, the choice of His ministers.

Those, on the other hand, who turn their children away from the priesthood also commit a grave sin, for they resist the will of God and commit an injustice by refusing their children the right to answer the divine call. They deprive themselves and their children of many graces.

As for those who would enter into the clergy without being called by God, they would commit a very grave evil and be in danger of losing their souls.

“You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, He may give it you” (Jn. 15:16).

The Divine Call

In order to know whether God is calling one to the priestly state, one should

1. Fervently ask Our Lord to make His Will known,

2. Take counsel from one’s bishop or a wise and prudent director,

3. Consider carefully whether one has the necessary abilities for the studies, functions and obligations of this state. A spiritual retreat is often a very good way to discern this call from God to follow Him and serve Him

Communiqué of the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X : True Fraternity

 

Bravo to Fr. Pagliarani for calling a spade a spade!

https://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/communiqu%C3%A9-superior-general-society-saint-pius-x-true-fraternity-45364

On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis together with the Grand Imam of the Mosque in Cairo signed a Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together.

True Fraternity Exists Only in Jesus Christ

An ecumenical Christ would not be the true Christ. For more than fifty years, modern ecumenism and interreligious dialogue have ceaselessly presented to the world a diminished, unrecognizable, and disfigured Christ.

The Word of God, the only Son of the Father, uncreated Eternal Wisdom took flesh and became man; faced with this historical fact no one can remain indifferent: “He that is not with Me is against Me: and He that gathereth not with Me scattereth” (Mt 12:30). By the fact of the Incarnation, Christ became the High Priest of the unique New Covenant and the Teacher who proclaims the truth to us; He became the King of hearts and of societies and “the firstborn amongst many brethren” (Rom 8:29). Thus true fraternity exists only in Jesus Christ and in Him alone: “For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

It is a truth of the faith that Christ is King of all men and that He wants to unite them in His Church, His unique Bride, His only Mystical Body. The kingdom that He establishes is a reign of truth and grace, of holiness, justice, and charity, and consequently peaceful. There can be no true peace apart from Our Lord. It is therefore impossible to find peace outside the reign of Christ and of the religion that He founded. To forget this truth is to build on sand, and Christ Himself warns us that such an undertaking is doomed to fail (cf.Mt 7:26-27).

The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar is nothing but a house built on sand. It is furthermore an impious gesture that scorns the First Commandment of God and attributes to the Divine Wisdom, incarnate in Jesus Christ who died for us on the Cross, the statement that “the pluralism and the diversity of religions” is “willed by God in His wisdom”

Such talk is opposed to the dogma that declares that the Catholic religion is the one true religion (cf.Syllabus of Errors, proposition 21). When something is a dogma, anything opposed to it is called heresy. God cannot contradict Himself.

Following Saint Paul and our revered founder, Abp. Marcel Lefebvre, under the protection of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, we will continue to hand on the Catholic faith that we have received (cf.1 Cor 11:23), working with all our might for the salvation of souls and of nations, by preaching the true faith and the true religion.

“Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” (Mt 28:19-20). “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned” (Mk 16:16).

February 24, 2019

Father Davide Pagliarani, Superior General

Bp. Alfonso de Galarreta, First Assistant
Father Christian Bouchacourt, Second Assistant

The Sacrament of Holy Orders: Dignity and Excellence (3)

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What a great evil it is for a priest, consecrated in the image of God to be his representative & vicar to the people, to abuse his sacred office.  It’s truly the horror or horrors & the deepest betrayal.

The dignity of the priesthood is very great for the priest is the minister of Christ and the dispenser of the divine mysteries. As the mediator between God and men, he has power over the Real Body of Christ and over His Mystical Body, that dispense the divine goods to lead men to eternal life.

“Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God.” (I Cor. 4:1)

“For Christ therefore we are ambassadors, God as it were exhorting by us…” (II Cor. 5:20)

The holy Curé d’Ars used to say, “Oh, how great is a priest!” He esteemed that “it is the priest who continues the work of Redemption on earth,” and that consequently, the sanctification of souls and parishes depends on him: “A good pastor, a pastor according to God’s heart, is the greatest treasure that God can grant a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy.”

“When you see a priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Because of this excellence and dignity, it is a grave sin to despise or insult priests. Through them, the contempt and insults touch Jesus Christ Himself, who said to His Apostles: “He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth Him who sent me” (Lk. 10:16).

Preparation and Call from God

By reason of its divine mission and the spiritual powers attached to it, the Catholic priesthood requires a serious preparation and the practice of virtue, as well as a great zeal in following Christ, the priest’s model.

“But in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prisons, in seditions, in labors, in watchings, in fastings” (II Cor. 6:4-5).

For this reason only those who, having been called by God and tried by the ecclesiastic superiors, intend to work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, are to be admitted to the dignity of the priesthood: “Neither doth any man take the honor to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was” (Heb. 5:4).

The Sacrament of Holy Orders: The Matter, Form and Minister (2)

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It’s always beneficial to go over the basics of our Faith & how the chain of authority works together for our salvation.

https://fsspx.news/en/news-events/news/sacrament-holy-orders-matter-form-anminister-2-45115

The only minister of this sacrament is the bishop, successor of the Apostles.

The matter of the Sacrament of Holy Orders is the imposition of the hands by the bishop, in silence, and the form consists in the words of the Consecratory Preface. Pope Pius XII solemnly defined this:

Wherefore, after invoking the divine light, We of Our Apostolic authority and from certain knowledge declare, and as far as may be necessary decree and provide: that the matter, and the only matter, of the Sacred Orders of the Diaconate, the Priesthood, and the Episcopacy is the imposition of hands in silence, but not the continuation of this imposition by the extension of the right hand nor this continuation accompanied by the words ‘Receive the Holy Ghost’…The form consists of the words of the ‘Preface,’ of which the following are essential and therefore required for validity: ‘Grant, we beseech Thee Almighty Father, to Thy servant here present the dignity of the priesthood; renew in his heart the Spirit of holiness that he may conserve the ministry of the second order received from Thee and that by the example of his manner of life he may instill good conduct.’ (Apostolic Constitution Sacramentum Ordinis, November 30, 1947)

It is of the utmost necessity for the Church to have many holy priests, ministers of God and dispensers of His grace through the sacraments, their preaching and the example of virtue they set.

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest.” (Mt. 9:38 and Lk. 10:2)

“He that receiveth you, receiveth Me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth Him that sent Me” (Mt. 10:40 and Jn. 13:20).

O Lord, grant us priests, holy priests, many holy priests!