It is a very dangerous thing to consider that you understand God, or comprehend his glory. It is better to see him as a constant. We can pray to him as our king, and plead for his rescue of us.
You cannot do that when considering the bishops and moderators and prime ministers and presidents of this age. Their word is not reliable, and they won’t come to your aid.
Despite treaties. Treaties are fungible: they are made moot by the facts on the ground. But God is faithful and will keep his covenant.
So do not be Stalin and ask how many divisions God has. Stalin is now one with the Hittites. But God remains living, active and can bring revival and renewal.
For the music director. A Psalm of David.
20 May the Lord answer you on a day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2 May He send you help from the sanctuary,
And support you from Zion!
3 May He remember all your meal offerings
And accept your burnt offering! Selah
4 May He grant you your heart’s desire
And fulfill your whole plan!
5 We will sing for joy over your victory,
And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.
May the Lord fulfill all your desires.
6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed;
He will answer him from His holy heaven
With the saving strength of His right hand.
7 Some praise their chariots and some their horses,
But we will praise the name of the Lord, our God.
8 They have bowed down and fallen,
But we have risen and stood upright.
9 Save, Lord;
May the King answer us on the day we call.
4 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and someone was sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.
5 Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second creature like a calf, the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”
There are those who will argue, vehemently, that I have bad taste in my music and worse taste in liturgy (for every church is liturgical: things shall be done decently and in good order). That the worship we have should be as it was of old. They have my sympathy: over times I have used multiple languages for the music here, depending on the topic.
But there are those within the church who do not see what we are worshipping. Be it Hillsong at 120 decibels or a High Mass (best done, ironically, by the Anglo-Catholics). They want the glory of the church to be devoted to the things of this world.
One of the first things they will always do is destroy our worship. Here that good papist Mundabor has some blunt things to say about the ancient words and sayings.
The Church thrives in times of persecution. Tradition cannot hope of a better way to cause it to flourish than some half-thought measures like the ones now rumoured. If these people weren’t children, they would realise why organisations like the FSSP exist in the first place : in order to try to counter the vast rise in popularity of the SSPX.
The same principle will, no doubt, find application here. If these stupid ideas are carried out, they will only result in increased popularity of the traditional orders, increased demand for traditional masses, and increased opposition to this bunch of heretics and perverts daring to tell us that the mass of the ages is not good for us.
I am curious to see how stupid these people really are, nor do I expect any help, apart from the usual meowing, of the usual suspects like Cardinal Burke.
Only a fool thinks he can stop Christ.
I agree Only a fool can stop Christ. I do not comprehend much of the symbolism of the beasts or the metaphors of Revelations. I do not need to. My calling is to remain faithful, Right here. Right now.
And Christ will bring his church through the fire of this time, purified, consecrated, holy, and his.