And Elias, the prophet, stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch (Ecclesiasticus. 48.1, DRV)

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Catholic Sanctuary Prefigured in the Old Testament (II)


Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Look, and make it according to the pattern, that was shewn thee in the mount (Ex. 25.40).

Another distinguishing mark of the traditional Catholic sanctuary which points out to it as the greater and more perfect (Heb. 9.11) sanctuary* that is worthy (built according as God would have it; not according to the fancies of His ministers and of His people) of God dwelling in the midst of His people is the Communion rail (see the circumferential low-barrier structure in the picture below which separates the sanctuary, with its choir for the clergy and the tabernacle reserved at the high altar, from the area reserved for the congregation or the nave with its pews).
* Prefigured by the Holy Place (with its Holy of Holies or where the ark of the Covenant was) of the OT tabernacle, the heart of divine worship of the Hebrews during their wanderings in the desert, and, later, by the grand Jewish Temple in Jerusalem - now in ruins after that Our Lord pronounced chastisement against the Jews who rejected Him and had Him hung on the Cross.

When Moses led the Hebrews to the Mount of Sinai to meet God and render Him the homage due Him, in return for the deliverance God marvelously and miraculously wrought for them, God commanded him to set limits about the mount [now, the Catholic Communion rails], and sanctify it… lest they [the people] should have a mind to pass the limits to see the Lord, and a very great multitude of them should perish (Ex. 19.23,21). Without doubt, God, so near to us and waiting for His children to draw intimately to Him, conveys to us through this arrangement how pure our hearts must be not only of serious sins but also free of any attachment to venial sins and voluntary imperfections, and of worldliness with its corrupting standards, maxims, and ideas – just as His ministers that daily attend to Him at the high altar, standing before and speaking to Him face to face (Ex. 33.11), ought to – if we are to see Him face to face in heaven sooner or later.  Hence, we ought to live as a holy people separated… from other people (Lev. 20.26; that is, separated or immunized as it were from the sinfulness, immodesty, impiousness, and vulgarity of those who both deny God in their convoluted logic on the one hand and, on the other, of those who though  could not deny God by force of simple and natural reason yet practically live as if there is no God) for the Lord hath chosen [us] to be His peculiar people… higher [that is, by the divine Truth taught by Christ and handed down by the Apostles to their successors; and, the excelling moral standards laid down by the example of the life of Christ and His Saints] than all nations which He hath created (Deut. 26.18,19). This is only in accord with the order established by the Word of God: and there shall be like people like priests (Os. 4.9) for to the Levitical priests (the successors of whom are the Catholic priests ordained according to the traditional Rite of Ordinations) was this ordinance charged: Thou shalt be perfect, and without spot before the Lord thy God. These nations… hearken to soothsayers and diviners: but thou art otherwise instructed by the Lord thy God… for the Lord thy God hath chosen him of all thy tribes, to stand and to minister to the name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever (Deut. 18.13-14,5).

The abomination of desolation

Yesterday, the Last Sunday after Pentecost, we heard Our Lord in the Gospel uttered an Apocalyptic prophecy regarding the fate of His sanctuary: you shall see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place (Mt. 24.15; cf., Dan.9.27). This would be accomplished by the precursors of the Antichrist and finally by the Antichrist himself with the ultimate aim of depriving the faithful their source of eternal life, that is, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: the continual sacrifice shall be taken away (Dan. 12.11). Fr. Haydock, in his great classic commentary assembled for the Catholic Douay-Rheims Bible (the ‘official’ English version of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate Bible which in turn is the official Catholic translation of the Sacred Scriptures) says:  “The abomination of desolation was first partly fulfilled by divers profanations of the [OT] Temple**, as when the image of Caesar was set up by Pilate, and Adrian’s statue in the holy of holies [where the Ark of the Covenant, a figure of the Catholic tabernacle, was;  see our first post on “The Catholic Sanctuary Prefigured in the Old Testament"], and when the sacrifices were taken away; but will be more perfectly fulfilled by the Antichrist and his precursors when they shall attempt to abolish the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. St. Hyppolitus, in his treatise de Anti-Christo, mentioned by Eusebius, St. Jerome, Photius, thus writeth: ‘The churches shall lament with great lamentations, because there shall neither be made oblations [that is, the offering of the Sacred Host and Wine on the true altar of God as expiatory sacrifice], nor incense, nor worship grateful to God…. In those days, the liturgy (or Mass) shall be neglected…’ The continual  sacirifce shall be taken away (Dan. 12.11) which, by able commentators, is understood of the Sacrifice of the Mass, which Antichrist will endeavor to suppress” (in the Catholic Haydock Bible – considered to be the crown jewel of Christian literature, Commentary for Mt. 24.15).  
** Remember that these things were done in a figure of us… all these things happened to them in figure [of us]: and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come (St. Paul in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, 10.6,11).
the open sanctuary of the New Age "Catholic"
parish church; the limits about the sanctuary
(the Catholic communion rails) gone
Now, for the continual sacrifice to fail (Dan. 9.27) or be taken away and the abomination of desolation set up in its place, the precursors of the Antichrist and later the Antichrist himself would enter the churches and breach the barrier around the holy place or the sanctuary as it is spoken of in the Psalms: All their princes… have said: Let us possess the sanctuary of God for an inheritance… As with axes… they have cut down at once the gates thereof, with axe and hatchet they have brought it down (73.5; 82.12,13, chapters and verses enumeration according to the Sacred Latin Vulgate and DRV).  Communion rails destroyed and disposed off but without the grotesquely violent and sacrilegious rampage that then characterized the blazing hatred of Catholicisim of the early Lutheran and Calvinist revolutionaries and, of course, of the Communist-Freemasonic dummies of the Synagogue of Satan (Apoc. 2.9; 3.9) – now peacefully in the name of “Ecumenism” (see our post “Our ‘Great Reversal’”; also, “Our Lady of the Rosary and Vatican II Orientation”).

It must be remembered that Pope Paul VI, a few years after he wished that his Novus Ordo Missae (the “New Rite of Mass”) be celebrated*** since 1969, lamented: “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God” (“L’Osservatore Romano,” Vatican’s official paper, June 30, 1972, speech before the Novus Ordo seminarians of the Lombard College in Rome). But Cephas [now Pope Paul VI]... was to be blamed (St. Paul in resisting his superior, Epistle to the Galatians, 2.11). "We have perhaps been too weak and imprudent" ("L'Osservatore Romano," November 23,1973).
*** Thus supplanting the Traditional Catholic Mass in violation of the perpetual effectivity of the Papal Bull Quo Primum issued by Pope St. Pius V decreeing the said Traditional Catholic Mass in Latin to be the ‘norm’ of divine worship for all ages and even drawing down the “wrath of Almighty God and of the Apostles Peter and Paul” to those who would dare contravene the Decree.

"The Liturgical Reform is a
major conquest of the
Catholic Church"
(in "Notitiae," his official
journal as head of
Congregation for Divine
Worship abolished
by Pope Paul VI,
No. 92, Apr 1974, p.126)
Annibale Bugnini, a Vincentian priest (of the Congregation of the Missions) later promoted Archbishop by Pope Paul VI, was the ‘architect’ or more properly the inventor of the “fabricated liturgy” (Pope Benedict XVI as Cardinal Ratzinger in Revue Theologisches, Vol. 20, Feb. 1990, pgs. 103-104; also in Msgr. Gamber, The Reform of the Roman Liturgy) – or more specifically the New Mass or the Novus Ordo Missae). Pope Paul VI, after ‘imposing’ in 1969 his ‘wished’ for New Rite of “Worship”**** designed by Bugnini, banished this prelate to Iran in 1976 and abolished the Congregation for Divine Worship this same prelate used to head. And for this reason: Bugnini was a Freemason (Freemasonry was condemned by the Catholic Church as "Satanic.").  However, notwithstanding the Papal measure of banishing the evil hand that devised the “New Mass”, Pope Paul VI still allowed Bugnini’s “fabricat[ion],” the fruit of an evil hand, to supplant the Traditional Catholic Rite of Divine Worship or the Traditional Latin Mass.
**** With the schismatics (the Greek Orthodox, for example) and heretics (the Protestants or the "Bible-only" sectarians) finding nothing objectionable in the "Mass", such as, for the schismatics, the Filioque (that is, the Holy Ghost proceeding from the Father and the Son) of the Nicene Creed professed in the traditional Latin Mass and, for the heretics, “Real Presence” and “Transubstantiation”, should they find themselves attending a “Catholic worship service”.

The Masonic Lodge…

A "table" (foreground) and the "presidential" seats
(background) with the "presider" (the same term
used for the officiating Novus Ordo priest)
 seating at the middle

… Annibale Bugnini’s model for the “Catholic” sanctuary adopted or updated to the New Age...

a "table" and the more
eminent "presider's" chair at the
 ... Masonic revenge at Fatima*****

the Masonic-inspired "sanctuary" of the New Fatima Shrine
with its "table" and the most eminent
high "presider's" chair in the middle
***** When the Portuguese hierarchy solemnly consecrated their nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the diabolical regime of the Freemasons was crushed and expelled by Our Lady [see our posts "The Great Sign in Heaven" and "When Mary Comes (III)"].

See what things the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.
And they that hate Thee have made their boasts, in the midst of Thy solemnity
(Ps. 73.3,4).

The Lord hath destroyed His tent as a garden, He hath thrown down His tabernacle…
The Lord hath cast off His altar, He hath cursed His sanctuary:
He hath delivered the walls of the towers thereof into the hand of the enemy:
They have made noise in the house of the Lord,
As in the day of a solemn feast
(Lam. 2.6,7).

To be continued… See: "Abominatio Desolationis"

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Salvation is in the "Blood of the Lamb"

Apocalypse XIV now unfolding (cf., our posts "The Wine of the Wrath of God" and "After Pope Benedict XVI, the 'Last' Roman Pontiff?"). The divine chastisement of world-wide conflagration (Lk. 17.29-30, cf., our post "Our Lady, Vatican II Disorientation, and the Annihilation of Many Nations") to annihilate the 'super-power' and cities and nations drunk with the wine of its immodesty, impurity, fornication, homosexuality, and blasphemies (Apoc. 14.8) is imminent - the close of our end-times period (distinct from the consummation of the world, Mt. 28.20).

They... have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb
(Apoc. 7.14) ... All things... are cleansed with Blood: and without shedding of Blood there is no remission (Heb. 9.22).

The Blood of the [Divine] Lamb can be availed of in the traditional Rite of the Sacrament of Penance (cf., our post "On Concealing Sins in Confession") and of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (the Traditional Latin Mass). Go to our traditional Catholic Mass Centers (links on the left-side bar of this site). Flee to the mountains... (Mt. 24.16).

See also the Messages and Appeals (on the upper right-side bar) of the Apocalyptic Woman in her title of Our Lady of Fatima.