Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Scriptural Rosary


The excerpts from Scripture and Tradition in the Scriptural Rosary presented below may be meditated upon silently at each Hail Mary.


Begin the Rosary as usual, with the Creed, Our Father, three Hail Marys, Glory Be and then:

JOYFUL MYSTERIES

1st Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation

Our Father

The angel Gabriel was sent from God, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary

Hail Mary

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women

Hail Mary

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be

Hail Mary

And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

Hail Mary

Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus.

Hail Mary

He shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Hail Mary

And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

Hail Mary

And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee.

Hail Mary

And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Hail Mary

And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her

Hail Mary

Glory Be


2nd Joyful Mystery: The Visitation to Elizabeth


Our Father

And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.

Hail Mary

And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

Hail Mary

And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Hail Mary

And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.

Hail Mary

And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;

Hail Mary

For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me;

Hail Mary

Holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him.

Hail Mary

He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart

Hail Mary

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble

Hail Mary

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


3rd Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of Our Lord

Our Father

And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.

Hail Mary

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him up in swaddling clothes

Hail Mary

And laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Hail Mary

And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them

Hail Mary

And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:

Hail Mary

For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David

Hail Mary

Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.

Hail Mary

Behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother,

Hail Mary

And falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Hail Mary

But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


4th Joyful Mystery: The Presentation in the Temple

Our Father

According to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord:

Hail Mary

And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout,

Hail Mary

And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

Hail Mary

And when His parents brought in the child Jesus, he also took Him into his arms, and blessed God

Hail Mary

And said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace;

Hail Mary

Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:

Hail Mary

A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel

Hail Mary

And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted

Hail Mary

And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.

Hail Mary

And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


5th Joyful Mystery: The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Our Father

And when Jesus was twelve years old, they went up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast

Hail Mary

And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not

Hail Mary

And not finding Him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking Him.

Hail Mary

And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found Him in the temple

Hail Mary

Sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.

Hail Mary

And all that heard Him were astonished at His wisdom and His answers.

Hail Mary

And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold Thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing

Hail Mary

And He said to them: How is it that you sought me? Did you not know, that I must be about My Father's business?

Hail Mary

And they understood not the word that He spoke unto them

Hail Mary

And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And His mother kept all these words in her heart

Hail Mary

And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


SORROWFUL MYSTERIES

1st Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden

Our Father

Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and He began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.

Hail Mary

Then He saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with Me.

Hail Mary

And He was withdrawn away from them a stone's cast; and kneeling down, He prayed,

Hail Mary

Father, if Thou wilt, remove this chalice from Me: but yet not My will, but Thine be done.

Hail Mary

And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him

Hail Mary

And being in an agony, He prayed the longer.

Hail Mary

And His sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.

Hail Mary

And He cometh to His disciples, and findeth them asleep, and He saith: Could you not watch one hour with me?

Hail Mary

Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation.

Hail Mary

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


2nd Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar

Our Father

Hail Mary

And the scribes and the whole council, binding Jesus, led Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. And Pilate asked Him: Art thou the king of the Jews?

Hail Mary

Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born,

Hail Mary

And for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice.

Hail Mary

Pilate saith to Him: What is truth? And when he said this, e went out again to the Jews, and saith to them: I find no cause in Him.

Hail Mary

I will chastise Him therefore, and release Him. Then therefore, Pilate took Jesus, and scourged Him.

Hail Mary

Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows,

Hail Mary

He was offered because it was His own will, and He opened not His mouth: He shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter

Hail Mary

But He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins:

Hail Mary

Surely He hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows:

Hail Mary

The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


3rd Sorrowful Mystery: The Crowning with Thorns


Our Father

And the soldiers led Him away into the court of the palace, And stripping Him, they put a scarlet cloak about Him.

Hail Mary

And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand.

Hail Mary

And bowing the knee before Him, they mocked Him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews.

Hail Mary

And spitting upon Him, they took the reed, and struck His head.

Hail Mary

And Pilate; taking water washed his hands before the people, saying: I am innocent of the blood of this just man; look you to it.

Hail Mary

Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And Pilate saith to them: Behold the Man.

Hail Mary

Behold your King. But they cried out: Away with Him; away with Him; crucify Him

Hail Mary

And Pilate saith to them: Why, what evil hath He done? But they cried out the more: Crucify Him.

Hail Mary

Pilate saith to them: Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar.

Hail Mary

And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, delivered up Jesus to be crucified.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


4th Sorrowful Mystery: The Carrying of the Cross

Our Father

And He said to all: If any man will come after Me, let Him deny himself,

Hail Mary

And take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

Hail Mary

And bearing His own cross, and they led Him out to crucify Him.

Hail Mary

They laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus.

Hail Mary

Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me

Hail Mary

Because I am meek, and humble of heart:

Hail Mary

And you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is sweet and My burden light.

Hail Mary

And there followed Him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented Him.

Hail Mary

But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over Me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children.

Hail Mary

For if in the green wood they do these things, what shall be done in the dry?

Hail Mary

Glory Be


5th Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion of Our Lord

Our Father

And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they crucified Him there

Hail Mary

Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

Hail Mary

And with Him they crucify two thieves; and one of those said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom

Hail Mary

And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise.

Hail Mary

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and the disciple whom He loved

Hail Mary

Jesus saith to His mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, He saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother.

Hail Mary

And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

Hail Mary

And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Hail Mary

And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit. And saying this, He gave up the ghost.

Hail Mary

And there was darkness over all the earth and behold the veil of the temple was rent in two, and the earth quaked, and the rocks were rent.

Hail Mary

Glory Be




GLORIOUS MYSTERIES

1st Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Our Lord


Our Father

Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Hail Mary

But I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you.

Hail Mary

Very early in the morning, they came to the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared.

Hail Mary

An angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.

Hail Mary

Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here,

Hail Mary

For He is risen, as He said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid

Hail Mary

Behold He will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him.

Hail Mary

And they went out quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy, running to tell His disciples

Hail Mary

I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, although he be dead, shall live

Hail Mary

And every one that liveth, and believeth in Me, shall not die for ever.

Hail Mary

Glory Be


2nd Glorious Mystery: The Ascension into Heaven

Our Father

And He led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up His hands, He blessed them.

Hail Mary

And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth.

Hail Mary

He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved:

Hail Mary

But he that believeth not shall be condemned.

Hail Mary

Going therefore, teach ye all nations;

Hail Mary

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:

Hail Mary

And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

Hail Mary

And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.

Hail Mary

And the Lord Jesus, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God.

Hail Mary

Glory Be



3rd Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Ghost

Our Father

And when the days of the Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place:

Hail Mary

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house

Hail Mary

And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them:

Hail Mary

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak the wonderful works of God.

Hail Mary

Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Hail Mary

Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them:

Hail Mary

Do penance, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary

They therefore that received his word, were baptized; and there were added in that day about three thousand souls.

Hail Mary

Come Holy Ghost and fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and enkindle in us the fire of Thy love

Hail Mary

Send forth Thy Spirit and we shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth

Hail Mary

Glory Be



4th Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Father

All the glory of the King's daughter is within in golden borders, And the King shall greatly desire thy beauty; for he is the Lord thy God,

Hail Mary

Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth.

Hail Mary

Because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever

Hail Mary

Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honour of our people:

Hail Mary

Arise, make haste, my love, my dove, my beautiful one, and come.

Hail Mary

For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone.

Hail Mary

Shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet, and thy face comely.

Hail Mary

And the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of His testament was seen in His temple,

Hail Mary

And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun,

Hail Mary

And the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars:

Hail Mary

Glory Be


5th Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of the Blessed virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Our Father

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

Hail Mary

And as the rainbow giving light in the bright clouds, and as the flower of roses in the days of the spring,

Hail Mary

And in the multitude of the elect she shall have praise, and among the blessed she shall be blessed.

Hail Mary

I am the flower of the field, and the lily of the valleys.

Hail Mary

I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.

Hail Mary

In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue.

Hail Mary

Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not

Hail Mary

Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates

Hail Mary

He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord:

Hail Mary

Hail Queen of Mercy, protect us from the enemy and receive us at the hour of death.

Hail Mary

Glory Be

Finish the Rosary with the Hail Holy Queen.



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Biblical Prophecy: Apocalypse and the Great Apostasy

Very interesting article I found (with some necessary modifications):

The word “Apocalypse” is from the Ecclesiastical Latin “Apokalypsis”, meaning “revelation”, which itself is from the Greek, “apokalyptein”, or “uncover”, from the two words “apo”, meaning “from” and “kalyptein”, meaning “to cover, conceal”. The Christian end-of-the-world story is part of the revelation in St. John the Evangelist’s book of the same name. The vague way in which the words of this book are presented, as well as the name of the book itself, seem to imply that what is written is covered or concealed, and will only be revealed once the events take place.

It is also expedient to mention that many things in Holy Scripture are written in such a way as to have more than one meaning. Certainly passages have both a corporal and a spiritual meaning, but there are also passages which have more than one of both types of meanings, as well as prophecies that can apply to events in more than one age.

From this we can understand that while a certain prophecy may seem to have been already fulfilled in one age, events that also fit the words of the prophecy in another age cannot be coincidence, since the author of the prophecy is also He who foresaw the events.

Now it can be seen from the first few sentences of this book that it was meant to be read and also understood by those living in the ages when the various prophesied events should unfold:

Apocalypse 1:1-3: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to make known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by his angel to his servant John, Who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen. Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.”

Furthermore, it is clear from the teachings of Christ that when the time has come for a certain prophecy to attain to its fulfillment (specifically the “abomination of desolation”), that the wise will be able to discern that this is the case.

St. Matthew 24:15-16: “When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand. Then they that are in Judea, let them flee to the mountains”

St. Mark 13:14: “And when you shall see the abomination of desolation, standing where it ought not: he that readeth let him understand: then let them that are in Judea, flee unto the mountains…”

Jesus Christ first referred to the ancient and well known prophecy of Daniel, and then specified that not only will there be some who are able to recognize that this prophecy is unfolding before them, but He also exhorted them to take action. This principle is important to understand, as will be discussed later in the article.

St. Mark: 30-35: “Amen I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, until all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. But of that day or hour no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray. For ye know not when the time is. Even as a man who going into a far country, left his house; and gave authority to his servants over every work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore, (for you know not when the lord of the house cometh: at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning,)



The Prophecy, the Catholic Church and the counterfeit “catholic church” in Rome

In times past, many Protestant heretics have tried to use the book of Apocalypse to prove that the Catholic Church is the whore of Babylon, but as we will see by examining the words of this prophecy, it does no such thing.  While the Protestants like to think that the whore is the Catholic Church, it will be made very clear that the whore is in fact modern Rome, the counterfeit "church"  that is based in the Vatican, which in these days passes itself off as the Catholic Church. In fact, the book of Apocalypse is another tangible proof for the unique role of the Catholic Church as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets wrought by Christ Himself, as well as testifying to the terrible consequences that take place if we refuse to “hear the Church”.

All this being said, however, this article is not meant to imply that the Divine prophecy cannot also symbolize other events and institutions.  Apocalypse certainly and very strikingly also seems to prefigure the United States and the UN to some degree.

Nevertheless, this article is meant to specifically deal with how the prophecy appears to achieve fulfillment in the Vatican II Sect and the 20th century antipopes of the post-Catholic church:


1. The whore sits upon many waters.


Apocalypse 17:1: "And there came one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials, and spoke with me, saying: Come, I will show thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters..."

As seen above, the great harlot sits upon many waters. The Apocalypse clues us in as to what these waters are.

Apocalypse 17:15: "And he said to me: The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and nations, and tongues."

"Peoples, nations, and tongues" are suggestive of global control, something which has power in all ends of the earth. Immediately, the Catholic Church comes to mind, whose universal mission has incorporated faithful from all peoples, nations, and tongues. However, the Council of Trent infallibly confirms this hunch with yet more alarming specificity.

Pope Pius IV, Council of Trent, Session 22, On the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: "The holy synod then admonishes priests that it has been prescribed by the Church to mix water with the wine to be offered in the chalice, not only because the belief is that Christ the Lord did so, but also because there came from His side water together with blood, since by this mixture the sacrament is recalled. And since in the Apocalypse of the blessed John the peoples are called waters [Apocalypse 17:1, 15], the union of the faithful people with Christ, their head, is represented."

It is a solemnly defined dogma that the waters of Apocalypse 17:1, 15 represent the union of the faithful people with Christ, in other words, the Catholic Church. The great harlot sits upon these waters! Therefore, it is of the divine and Catholic faith (de fide divina et Catholica) that the great harlot sits upon the Catholic Church, that is, she impedes, obstructs, suppresses and attempts to substitute for her. This is a perfect description of the false Church that arose with the 20th century antipopes and those of the Vatican Council II, which has successfully deceived most of the world into thinking that they are the true Catholic Church and hierarchy.

Understanding that the "waters" of the Apocalypse represent the peoples, nations, and tongues of the Catholic Church, is the key to understanding other important verses in this book. For example, Apocalypse 18:17 talks about how the shipmasters and the mariners wept over the destruction of the great city.

Apocalypse 18:17: "For in one hour are so great riches come to nought; and every shipmaster, and all that sail into the lake, and mariners, and as many as work in the sea, stood afar off, And cried, seeing the place of her burning, saying: What city is like to this great city?"

The shipmasters, mariners and those that work in the sea represent those who work with souls in the Catholic Church; that is, priests, religious, etc. They weep over the desolation of Rome, and wonder how in such a short time she has been brought down.


2. The whore sits upon the city of seven mountains.

Apocalypse 17:9: "And here is the understanding that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, upon which the woman sitteth, and they are seven kings."

It is a well known fact of history that the city of seven mountains (or hills) is Rome, Italy. This is because Rome was constructed on seven hills. Thus, the great harlot sits upon Rome itself, the center of unity in the Catholic Church and the home of the Roman Pontiffs.

Pope Benedict XIV, Apostolica Constitutio (# 4), June 26, 1749: "... the Catholic Church is signified by the City of Rome alone, in which the bodily presence of this Apostle [St. Peter] is carefully reverenced..."

Interestingly, Rome only gives way to the great harlot in the last days. This is why the harlot is only mentioned in the book of the Apocalypse. And this is why Sacred Scripture speaks of the "fall" of Babylon.

Apocalypse 18:2: "And he cried out with a loud strong voice, saying: Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen; and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every unclean spirit, and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird."

Babylon has historically been regarded as a code name for Rome. St. Peter himself, writing his first epistle from Rome, refers to it as Babylon.

1 St. Peter 5:13: "The Church that is in Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you: and so doth my son Mark."

Therefore, Rome is Babylon, and Babylon has fallen. But if it has fallen, then it once stood strongly. And is this not true? For prior to its fall, Rome (Babylon) was not only the center of government for most of the world, but also became the bulwark of Catholicism and the center of Christianity.  It certainly was the great city, and this for so many centuries.

Apocalypse 17:18: "And the woman which thou sawest, is the great city, which hath kingdom over the kings of the earth."

Some may ask: "If Rome is the 'great city,' why does Apocalypse 11:8 say that the great city is the place where Our Lord was crucified, which is Jerusalem?" The answer is that the Church, which is the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23) is being crucified in and from Rome at present, so it is accurate to say that Rome is the place where Our Lord is crucified in His body.

Thus great city of Apocalypse can definitely refer to Rome. Historically, no other city has ruled over the kings of the earth as has Rome, with both a spiritual and ecclesiastical primacy, to which all nations, regardless of their temporal rank or role, must be subject, as the Catholic religion teaches and has taught.

Pope Leo XII, Quod Hoc Ineunte (# 6), May 24, 1824: "Come therefore to this holy Jerusalem, a priestly and royal city which the sacred seat of Peter has made the capitol of the world. Truly it rules more widely by divine religion than by earthly domination."

And whether the kings of the earth want to accept it or not, all human creatures must be subject to the spiritual power of the Catholic Church, which is exercised from Rome, if they want salvation.

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302: "Furthermore, we declare, say, define, and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff."

So the fall of the great city is the fall of Rome from the Catholic faith. It's not the fall of the Catholic Faith, for Catholicism can exist without Rome. Rome, on the other hand, can't exist without Catholicism. Without it, she becomes nothing more than "the habitation of devils, and the hold of every unclean spirit, and the hold of every unclean and hateful bird".




3. The whore is a woman.


Apocalypse 17:6: "And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And I wondered, when I had seen her, with great admiration. And the angel said to me: Why dost thou wonder? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast which carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns."

If it is true that the whore of Babylon is the phony "Catholic" Church that began with the fraud of Leo XIII, and the 20th century antipopes and continues with the Vatican II revolution, it would make sense that this apocalyptic entity is described in the figure of a woman, in order to contrast her with another figurative woman, the Catholic Church.

Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302: "'One is my dove, my perfect one. One she is of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her' [Cant. 6:8]; which represents the one mystical body whose head is Christ, of Christ indeed, as God."


4. The whore is a Mother.

Apocalypse 17:5: "And on her forehead a name was written: A mystery; Babylon the great, the mother of the fornications, and the abominations of the earth."

Catholics have always referred to the Church as their mother. As the Catholic Church is our loving mother, the whore is the mother of the fornications. And as the Catholic Church is the mother of all Christ's faithful, the whore is the mother of Christ unfaithful, that is, those who have abandoned the Church by not denouncing the false hierarchy or teachings of the 20th century antipopes and the new Vatican II religion.


5. The whore is clothed in purple and scarlet.

Apocalypse 17:4: "And the woman was clothed round about with purple and scarlet, and gilt with gold, and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of the abomination and filthiness of her fornication."

Apocalypse 18:16: "And saying: Alas! alas! that great city, which was clothed with fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and was gilt with gold, and precious stones, and pearls."

This is perhaps one of the most revealing verses in the Apocalypse. In the modern day counterfeit of the Catholic Church, bishops wear purple and cardinals wear scarlet (red), as did the clergy of the Catholic Church in the past!

By choosing to describe the whore of Babylon as a woman "clothed with fine linen, and purple, and scarlet," God is giving us a clear indication that the whore is clothed in the colors of the true Episcopate and Cardinalate – God is giving us a clear indication that the whore is clothed in these colors, because externally she gives all the appearances of being the true Church of Christ – she has dioceses, a hierarchy, the property of the Church, vestments, ceremonies, "sacraments," a "pope," etc. – but inwardly she is a fraud. This is a perfect description of the church of Antipopes Leo XIII to Benedict XVI, which is clothed with the colors of Catholicism (and, to the blind, appears to be just that) but inwardly is a false apostate religion.


6. The whore has a golden cup in her hand.

Apocalypse 17:4: "And the woman was clothed round about with purple and scarlet, and gilt with gold, and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand, full of the abomination and filthiness of her fornication."

Priests offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Catholic Church are required to use a chalice of gold, if possible. It's no coincidence that the whore has a golden cup in her hand. A Catholic priest offers the golden chalice full of the Precious Blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The whore offers a cup (chalice) full of abomination and filthiness. The mimicry is obvious. The whore, as usual, is mimicking, acting and pretending to be the Catholic Church, but she is not.

In particular, this verse is referring to the Novus Ordo Missae (the New Mass), which does not contain the Blood of Jesus Christ but an offering which is an abomination in His sight.

Apocalypse 18:6: "Render to her as she also hath rendered to you; and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup wherein she hath mingled, mingle ye double unto her."

The word mingle means to mix. In the Catholic Mass, the Church mingles the water with the wine in the chalice.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, Nov. 22, 1439, "Exultate Deo": "For blessed Alexander, the fifth Pope after blessed Peter, says: 'In the offerings of the sacraments which are offered to the Lord within the solemnities of Masses, let only bread and wine mixed with water be offered as a sacrifice. For either wine alone or water alone must not be offered in the chalice of the Lord, but both mixed, because it is read that both, that is, blood and water, flowed from the side of Christ.' Then also, because it is fitting to signify the effect of this sacrament, which is the union of the Christian people with Christ. For water signifies the people, according to the passage in the Apocalypse: 'the many waters... are many people' [Apocalypse 17:15]... Therefore, when wine and water are mixed in the chalice the people are made one with Christ, and the multitude of the faithful is joined and connected with Him in whom it believes.'"

The symbolism of Apocalypse 18:6 - mingling in a cup - could not be more obvious without giving away the mystery of the verse. It's an obvious reference to the Mass, which has been completely perverted by the harlot. She has nothing left to offer to God in her cup but filthiness and abomination (Apocalypse 17:4). Furthermore, this verse (18:6) points to a specific point in the Mass, the mixing of wine and water. This action of mixing signifies the union of the Christian people with Christ (the Catholic Church), as Pope Eugene IV defined at the Council of Florence. In one and the same verse, therefore, God is revealing that the whore is conducting massive spiritual fornication in areas which regard the Catholic Mass and the Catholic Church as a whole. It is a startling description of the Vatican II Church under Antipope John Paul II.


7. The whore is characterized by fornication and whoredom.

Apocalypse 17:1-2: "Come, I will show thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters, With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication; and they who inhabit the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her whoredom."

Apocalypse 18:3: "Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her; and the merchants of the earth have been made rich by the power of her delicacies."

Any scripture scholar will tell you that when the term fornication is used in Holy Scripture, many times it describes inauthentic worship or spiritual infidelity. And when a “great harlot” committing world-wide fornication is spoken of in this context, it clearly indicates apostasy from the one true faith. The whore of Babylon is guilty of spiritual fornication to such an extent that this is the action which characterizes her title - the "great harlot." By such a description, God is directly contrasting the whore with the Catholic Church, who is a woman who is characterized by her unwavering fidelity to her Spouse, Jesus Christ.

And as the whore is famous for her impurity, the Catholic Church is known for her chastity.

Pope St. Siricius, epistle (1) Directa ad decessorem to Himerius, Feb. 10, 385: "And so He has wished the beauty of the Church, whose spouse He is, to radiate with the splendor of chastity, so that on the day of judgment, when He will have come again, He may be able to find her without spot or wrinkle [Eph. 5:27] as He instituted her through His apostle."

The Church is known as "the immaculate Bride of Christ." The "great harlot," therefore, could represent nothing but the greatest mockery of the immaculate Bride of Christ in history. The contrast in titles alone identifies the great harlot as a counterfeit Bride of Christ - i.e., a counterfeit Catholic Church.

Pope Hadrian I, Second Council of Nicaea, 787: "...Christ our God, when He took for His Bride His Holy Catholic Church, having no blemish or wrinkle, promised he would guard her and assured his holy disciples saying, I am with you every day until the consummation of the world."


8. The whore has separated from her Spouse.

Apocalypse 18:7: "As much as she hath glorified herself, and lived in delicacies, so much torment and sorrow give ye to her; because she saith in her heart: I sit a queen, and am no widow; and sorrow I shall not see."

In another amazing verse, the Apocalypse tells us that the whore says to herself, "I sit a queen, and am no widow." She isn't a widow because her former Spouse is not dead.

Apocalypse 1:17-18: "And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: Fear not. I am the First and the Last, And alive, and was dead, and behold I am living forever and ever, and have the keys of death and of hell."

The whore's Spouse  (before she fell into whoredom) was Jesus Christ, who is not dead, but lives forever. She has separated herself from Jesus Christ by leaving His traditions and teachings. Instead of being a faithful Spouse, the whore has become her own queen, who is happy imposing on others her own will and glory, her own teachings and religion.

But whereas the whore has separated herself from the Catholic Church by forming a religion and a Church of her own, the Bride of Christ - the Catholic Church - always maintains union with Her Spouse, even if most of the world has left Her to join the whore.


9. The light of the lamp shall shine no more in the whore.

Apocalypse 18:23: "And the light of the lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for all nations have been deceived by thy enchantments."

The "light of the lamp" is a reference to the sanctuary lamp found in Catholic churches. This red lamp signifies Christ's real presence in the Eucharist. This lamp can hardly be found in Vatican II churches. In most cases, it has been moved to the side or to the back of the church. But more than the displacement of the sanctuary lamp, Apocalypse 18:23 is indicating that Christ's real presence is no longer found in the Vatican II Church.

"The voice of the bridegroom and the bride" in Apocalypse 18:23 is a reference to Christ and His Church.

Pope Clement V, Council of Vienne: “…having already breathed forth His spirit, permitted His side to be pierced by a lance, so that from the out-flowing water and blood there might be formed the One, Immaculate and Holy Virginal Mother Church, the Bride of Christ, as from the side of the first man in his sleep Eve was fashioned as his wife, in this way…”

Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom, and His body, the Church, is His immaculate Bride. When the Apocalypse makes reference to the voice of the Bridegroom and the Bride, it is another confirmation that the whore of Babylon is the counterfeit church under the 20th century antipopes, which has abandoned the teaching (or voice) of the Bridegroom (Jesus Christ) and the Bride (His Church).


10. The voice of the pipe is no longer heard in the whore.

Apocalypse 18:22: "And the voice of harpers, and of musicians, and of them that play on the pipe, and on the trumpet, shall no more be heard at all in thee..."

Few people today know that "trumpets and harps were the standard instruments for liturgical music in St. John's day, as organs are today in the west." By including the three primary instruments of Catholic liturgical music throughout history, St. John is warning us that traditional Catholic liturgical music as a whole will "no more be heard at all" in the whore. And hasn't this come true?

Since Vatican II, Gregorian chant, our beautiful musical tradition, has been replaced by every type of secular music and instrument under the sun. It's so bad now that one could enter a modern "catholic" church and hear anything from boisterous drums to electric guitars. You could walk into one of these churches and even be treated to rock music. Yet, what's perhaps most disappointing about all of this is that most people don't realize that these modern "catholic" churches aren't Catholic at all, but belong entirely to the whore of Babylon.


11. All the world is drunk with the wine of her whoredom.

Apocalypse 18:3: "Because all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her."

Apocalypse 14:8: "And another angel followed, saying That great Babylon is fallen, is fallen; which made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."

Apocalypse 16:19: "And great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the indignation of His wrath."

Apocalypse 17:1-2: "Come, I will shew thee the condemnation of the great harlot, who sitteth upon many waters. With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication; and they who inhabit the earth, have been made drunk with the wine of her whoredom."

The whore of Babylon is condemned repeatedly for fornication having to do with wine. Why? An examination of the changes to the words of the consecration of the wine in the Sacrament of the Eucharist may give us the answer.

The Roman Church has always used the same words in the consecration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 11, Feb. 4, 1442, "Cantate Domino": "However, since no explanation was given in the aforesaid decree of the Armenians in respect to the form of words which the holy Roman Church, relying on the teaching and authority of the apostles Peter and Paul, has always been wont to use in the consecration of the Lord's Body and Blood, we concluded that it should be inserted in this present text. It uses this form of words in the consecration of the Lord's Body: For this is my body. And of His blood: For this is the chalice of my blood, of the new and eternal testament, the mystery of faith, which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins."

These words of consecration are the words that Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself used.

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Session 8, Nov. 22, 1439, "Exultate Deo": "The form of this sacrament are the words of the Savior with which He effected this sacrament. A priest speaking in the person of Christ effects this sacrament. For, in virtue of those words, the substance of bread is changed into the body of Christ and the substance of wine into His blood. In such wise, however, that the whole Christ is contained both under the form of bread and under the form of wine..."

When Jesus Christ specifically decrees that certain words be preserved in a sacrament, these words constitute the "substance of the sacrament."

Sacred Tradition, which is one of the sources of divine revelation, is a witness to the fact that Christ the Lord decreed the words of consecration as they have always been found in the canon of the Mass, to be preserved in a sacramental sign. Pope Eugene IV defined this as a dogma at the Council of Florence. Therefore, the words of consecration given at the Council of Florence constitute the substance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

The Church has no power over the substance of the sacraments.

Despite all this, the Vatican II Church has changed the substance of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. In the Novus Ordo Missae (the New Order of Mass) they have tampered severely with the words of consecration always used in the Roman Rite of the Mass. They have removed the words "the mystery of faith" and they have changed the word "many" to the word "all." Because this change affects the substance of the sacrament, the inevitable result is that all New Masses which use the word "all" in the consecration are invalid.

This somewhat long discussion of the words of consecration will hopefully help identify why the whore of Babylon is condemned repeatedly for fornication in regard to wine. The reason that the whore is condemned for wine violations is because that is exactly what the Vatican II Church has done. In the New Mass, invalidating changes have been made to the WINE PORTION of the words of consecration. These changes to the wine portion of the consecration almost certainly invalidate both consecrations.

Pope Pius V, De Defectibus, chapter 5: "The words of Consecration, which are the form of this Sacrament, are these: For this is my Body. And: For this is the Chalice of my Blood, of the new and eternal testament: the mystery of faith, which shall be shed for you and for many unto the remission of sins. Now if one were to remove, or change anything in the form of the consecration of the Body and Blood, and in that very change of words the [new] wording would fail to mean the same thing, he would not consecrate the Sacrament."

The Vatican II Church has "made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Apocalypse 14:8).


12. The whore is drunk with the blood of the saints.

Apocalypse 17:6: "And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And I wondered when I had seen her, with great admiration."

Apocalypse 18:24: "And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."

The whore can be said to be drunk with the blood of the saints on many levels. The first that comes to mind is ecumenism as it is practiced by the Vatican II Church. Prior to Vatican II, ecumenism referred to the apostolic endeavor to convert the world to Catholicism. Today, it refers to the effort to bring all religions together as one without conversion, while respecting all religions as essentially equal. In fact, the Vatican II Church even goes so far as to refer to religions which do not worship the Most Holy Trinity as "great religions."

Vatican II document Ad Gentes # 10: "For two billion people - and their number is increasing by day - have not heard the gospel message or have scarcely heard it... Of these people, some adhere to one of the great religions, to others the very notion of God remains foreign, while others expressly deny the existence of God and at times even attack it."

Antipope Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam (# 107), August 6, 1964: "Then we have those worshippers who adhere to other monotheistic systems of religion, especially the Moslem religion. We do well to admire these people for all that is good and true in their worship of God. And finally we have the followers of the great Afro-Asiatic religions."

Antipope John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (47.8), Dec. 30, 1987: "I likewise address this appeal to the Jewish people, who share with us the inheritance of Abraham, 'our father in faith' and the tradition of the Old Testament, as well as to the Muslims who, like us, believe in the just and merciful God. And I extend it to all the followers of the world's great religions."

It is an incredible blasphemy against Almighty God to refer to religions which reject Him as "great religions."

St. John 3:35-36: "The Father loveth the Son: and he hath given all things into His hand. He that believeth in the Son, hath life everlasting; but he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."

St. John 8:23-24: "And He said to them: You are from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you, that you shall die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am He, you shall die in your sin."

Ecumenism goes directly against the divinely revealed truth that the gods of the non-Catholic religions are devils (Psalm 95:5; 1 Corinthians 10:20), and it puts Christ on a level with Lucifer.

Pope Pius IX, Qui Pluribus (# 15), Nov. 9, 1846: "Also perverse is that shocking theory that it makes no difference to which religion one belongs, a theory greatly at variance even with reason. By means of this theory, those crafty men remove all distinction between virtue and vice, truth and error, honorable and vile action. They pretend that men can gain eternal salvation by the practice of any religion, as if there could ever be any sharing between justice and iniquity, any collaboration between light and darkness, or any agreement between Christ and Belial."

The Vatican II Church and Antipope John Paul II are and were the world's ecumenical leaders, constantly hosting interfaith gatherings in Rome and abroad.

To consider all religions as more or less good and praiseworthy, and even great! - which is what the Vatican II Church does - blasphemes the memory of the saints and martyrs whose flesh was torn with iron hooks, bodies were fed to the lions, and heads were chopped off because they refused to say that "all religions are more or less good and praiseworthy." The very foundation of their sanctity was their conviction that only the religion established by Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church, is good and praiseworthy, the rest being inventions of the devil.

Pope Gregory XVI, Summo Iugiter Studio (# 6), May 27, 1832: "Therefore, they must instruct them in the true worship of God, which is unique to the Catholic religion."

Pope St. Gregory the Great: "The holy universal Church teaches that it is not possible to worship God truly except in her and asserts that all who are outside of her will not be saved."

How many martyrs, gave their lives for one article of the Catholic faith? Ecumenism renders their blood-shedding acts worthless, pointless and meaningless.

This is why the Vatican II Church is said to be drunk with the blood of martyrs and of saints (Apocalypse 17:6;18:24), and all those who support this Antichrist activity headed by Antipope Benedict XVI are drunk as well, whether it be by simply recognizing him as a Catholic pope, which he is not, or worse yet by partaking in such false ecumenism.

Apocalypse 13:5-7: "And he opened his mouth unto blasphemies against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. And power was given him over every tribe, and people, and tongue, and nation."

Apocalypse 18:20, God's Judgment on the Whore: "Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath judged your judgment on her."


Conclusion

It's quite obvious that the counterfeit church under the 20th century antipopes and the Vatican II church they have created is the whore of Babylon. And contrary to what the Protestant heretics believe the fact that ecclesiastical Rome's apostasy from the Catholic faith in the last days is predicted in scripture, proves rather than disproves the authenticity of the Catholic Church. For the tribulation of the last days will be one which focuses on deceiving the true faithful, and undermining the true Faith.

Apocalypse 11:2: "But the court, which is without the temple, cast out, and measure it not: because it is given unto the Gentiles, and the holy city they shall tred under foot two and forty months."

It should be noted that "two and forty months" (Apocalypse 11:2), "a thousand two hundred and sixty days" (Apocalypse 12:6), and "a time, and times, and half a time" (Apocalypse 12:14) and 3 and 1/2 years are regarded by scholars as symbolic of any period of persecution.

St. Luke 21:34-35: "And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly. For as a snare it shall come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth."

A snare is a device used to catch animals. Now if the snare of the last days involves a counterfeit “catholic church” set up from Rome, and a spiritual invasion of the holy city (Rome), then the "animal" that the devil is trying to catch is Traditional Catholicism. This is another proof that the Catholic religion is the one and only true religion.

Hopefully this Scriptural evidence against the Vatican II church will strengthen Catholics in their opposition to it. The biblical prophecies which pinpoint our present situation also enable Catholics to have a better understanding of how God views the developments and events of the last 100 years.

But most of all, the Apocalypse uncovers the false resistance to this apostasy, even among the so-called traditionalists, who advocate a position in reference to this harlot church which demands that they remain united to the antipopes of the Vatican II church. Such a false "We resist you..." places them right in the very bosom and womb of the harlot. By their own profession, they are still obstinately united to the "mother of the fornications." They still confuse the great harlot with the immaculate Bride of Christ. They still taint a pure and unsullied resistance to the harlot by sticking themselves in the midst of her abominable dominion, whether it is by assisting at a Mass, in which the priest prays for Benedict XVI as though he is pope, or by actually professing obedience to him.

Apocalypse 18:4-5: "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: Go out from her, my people; that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and the Lord hath remembered her iniquities."

If unrepentant, these people will surely lose their souls and go into the eternal fire for blaspheming the Church of Jesus Christ, which has no fellowship with the works of darkness, no part with the unbeliever, and no concord with the woman of iniquity. Though much of the world has been engulfed by the great harlot, the immaculate Bride of Our Lord still exists in all her purity, though she has been reduced to a remnant and forced underground. This woman, the remnant Catholic Church in the last days, is described in chapter 12 of the Apocalypse.

Apocalypse 12:6: "And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred and sixty days."

Apocalypse 12:14: "And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."

If you have not already, you must enter this remnant Catholic Church in the wilderness by abjuring our previous heresies and schisms and professing the true Faith. You must maintain "the faith once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3), and come closer to God by practicing devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Holy Rosary and daily examination of conscience.

Apocalypse 12:17: "And the dragon was angry against the woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

Apocalypse 12:12: "Here is the patience of the saints, who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

Psalm 49:5: “Gather ye together his saints to him: who set his covenant before sacrifices.”



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