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Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Social Darwinism and Corporate Feudalism Frauds

 By Anna Von Reitz

Information provided to H.E. Cardinal Mamberti and the Vatican Chancery Court regarding our Claim March 6 2005, January 19 2023 in seq: 

Perhaps no other lie in the last two centuries has been so successful in denigrating mankind and misleading masses of people than Darwinism, which Charles Darwin himself objected to.  

The true implication of Darwin's observation -- that the process of creation is ongoing, should not startle anyone; we should expect it to be so, and go on about our business.

We have been misled by arguments now over a century old to equate ourselves with apes and to extrapolate vicious theories like "survival of the fittest" which underlies the whole travesty of Social Darwinism.  

The Law of the Jungle, also known as, survival of the fittest, is nothing new.  Those who were already living under this evil standard-- mostly bankers and businessmen of other stripes-- the so-called Robber Barons of the Nineteenth Century, merely seized upon Darwin's findings to justify their own bad behavior and lack of conscience. 

Men like Cecil Rhodes, T.E. Harriman, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Lord Pirbright, J.D. Rockefeller, and the Duponts, thrived in the lawless and ruthless atmosphere of the times and prided themselves on their utter lack of caring and conscience. They envisioned themselves as primal predators and chafed against every social and moral obligation. 

The Children of Cain, who are born without a conscience, also live under The Law of the Jungle, but unlike normal men, they do not have to subvert their nature and discipline themselves to a life of ruthlessness. They come by it naturally. 

Among the Children of Cain this fundamental defect, not having a conscience, is peddled as a hallmark of the elite, and the cruelty they promote as proof of their elite standing, and the blackmail and deceit they practice, has earned them their description: white-washed tombs. 

Both the business elites and the Children of Cain eagerly adopted Social Darwinism because it excuses their selfishness and ruthlessness as a virtue. It allows them to think of themselves as "the fittest", because they are willing to torture and kill and cheat and lie and feel no moral restraint or remorse. 

Cecil Rhodes and his British South African Company enslaved the people of South Africa, African and Dutch alike, and forced them to live under appalling conditions. He was a prime mover in creating the Boer War in which he joined forces with the even more depraved Lord Pirbright, grandson of Nathan Amschel Rothschild, and helped fund construction of the world's first Concentration Camps and conduct the first non-consensual scientific experiments on living people deemed to be "prey" and 'livestock" by these perverts.

It wasn't Hitler who implemented the first Concentration Camps, nor was it the Nazis who first promoted forced and unfettered "scientific" experiments on helpless people.  It was the Social Darwinists and their Eugenics Movement brethren, playing god and pretending that their lack of conscience is a virtue. 

Social Darwinism offers a convenient, intellectualized, quasi-scientific framework for evil men to excuse their evil acts. We can't blame them, they say, for being what they are, any more than we can blame a crocodile for being what it is. 

We wish for a solid understanding that we can and we do blame them for what they do and what they make of themselves and of the world around them, how they impact others, and the detritus they leave behind.  

The Children of Cain may be born with a defect, but their intellectual gifts allow them to learn better values if taught, and for the rest of the Robber Barons, there is no excuse provided by nature or nurture that brushes aside their responsibility. 

We wish for the Rhodes and Pirbright and Wellcome Endowments to be stripped and the corporations responsible for their operations to be liquidated; these organizations have been pivotal in promoting the social evils we see today, including the corruption of government and the educational system, and the development of the biological weapons used to promote the Covid-19 pandemic genocide. Here is a brief and well-documented explanation: 

Evil ideas when allowed to spread unchecked multiply like rabbits in the spring, and these evil memes left behind by evil men continue long after they are dead.  

We have allowed the plagues of Social Darwinism and Corporate Feudalism to take root and thrive upon the fuel of ill-gotten gains and the undeserved success of men without moral compass or compassion, men who, in a more circumspect world, would not deserve comment, nor have the means to influence future generations. 

We wish for an end of toleration for monsters like these and an end to the evil organizations and influences they have spawned.  

Like the Law of the Sea which is unnecessary and has only been a seedbed for criminality for generations, organizations like the Rhodes Trust, Pirbright Institute, and Wellcome Trust have been used to promote gross criminality and have not been held to account for it. 

With every day that passes we see the impact of the Nineteenth Century Robber Baron mentality, which was sick then and is still sick now.  

We see the grasping monopolistic tentacles of J.D. Rockefeller's outlawed Standard Oil Company and Trust applied to Central Banking and Swift, a worldwide banking transfer system, without a single "Peep!" from anyone in a position of responsibility. 

Are we to expect that what was illegal and unlawful for Standard Oil Company and Trust to do to the oil industry, is somehow not illegal to do to the banking industry?  Yet a treacherous and self-serving banking monopoly has been allowed to function and dominate all business enterprises in the western world for over a hundred years. 

As our claims have demonstrated, all these corporations have been operating unlawfully and most of the time, they've been operating illegally, too.  Absolutely no restraint has been placed upon them, they have lied, cheated, stolen, and set up their own self-serving institutions with impunity and created monopoly after monopoly to control the flow of goods and services and the prices of commodities.  

These guilty corporations have even assumed the power of actual  governments to tax the populations of entire countries, and their Boards of Governors and Boards of Trustees have declared wars without authority.  

These entities playing Crack the Whip over the people of the world are nothing but filthy dirty commercial corporations having no natural right to exist and they have been allowed to run wild and murder millions of people, even though our international contracts and treaties under Ecclesiastical Law make it absolutely clear that these things created by the Roman Curia are to be liquidated -- not simply rebooted under a new name -- when they engage in unlawful activities. 

There was no enforcement when Lord Pirbright set up the first Concentration Camps as British Crown enterprises.  

There was no enforcement when Franklin Delano Roosevelt illegally conscripted and press-ganged and impersonated millions of Americans and issued clearinghouse certificates in their names.  

There was no enforcement when the British Territorial Municipal Corporation passed the Buck Act under color of law and used it to conscript and press-gang our young men using "the Draft" in World War II --- a process that has been outlawed for two hundred years. 

Through all of this and a great deal more, the Popes, who are uniquely responsible for overseeing these Legal Fiction Entities, have sat silent and avoided both the right and the duty to proactively discipline them, with the result that the whole planet has suffered the fraud schemes, the mindless rampages and the endless criminality of corporations in general and Municipal Corporations in particular. 

We have exhausted our remedies short of taking up arms and we bring our claims before the Vatican Chancery Court seeking the redress due to the lawful governments and living people of The United States/The United States of America, the former Commonwealth countries, Japan, and the seventeen occupied countries of Western Europe, plus all other occupied countries that have been overrun by these Legal Fiction entities operating under color of law and otherwise promoting fraud and violence and theft.

It may not be immediately apparent why we characterize these matters of philosophy and business models as fraud schemes, but such they are. 

Social Darwinism is founded on an obviously flawed and deliberate misinterpretation of Darwin's findings, which merely imply that Creation is ongoing, and we note that "And on the seventh day he rested...." does not imply that the Creator died, or ceased to tweak and mend and change the Creation. If we were thinking logically, we should expect Creation to be ongoing, and not discount the mechanisms of it.  This false interpretation of Darwin's observations equates man with animals and condemns us to live under The Law of the Jungle, a form of law that we transcended when we became conscious and were no longer the slaves of instinct and seasons. 

The Corporate Feudalism that has been promoted by the usurping governmental services corporations is also founded on fraud, as we have seen with the example of what happened in Australia and throughout the former Commonwealth countries and what we have ourselves suffered during and after the so-called American Civil War.  

We wish for the immediate liquidation of the foreign Municipal Corporations housed in the District of Columbia and the return of the control and the assets owed to our lawful government and to our people. 
We wish for a good faith effort on the part of the Ecclesiastical authorities to clean up this ungodly mess and bring correction.  

We wish for an end to the corrupt and monopolized banking system, but do not approve of any system that can be used for coercive or political ends to deprive, spy upon, or control living people, including but not limited to the QFS program, which could easily be turned to evil and politicized ends.   

We wish for open recognition of the evils that have befallen us as a result of allowing legal fiction enterprises to thrive at the expense of living people and for allowing the Law of the Sea on shore in any form.  

We wish for this recognition to be followed by international action to put an end to the  Law of the Sea's long history of transgressions and the punishment and disbanding of the Bar Associations that have been the implements of so much gross injustice.  

Issued by: Anna Maria Riezinger, Fiduciary
                  The United States of America
                   In care of: Box 520994
                   Big Lake, Alaska 99652

May 14th 2023


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The "Playing So Dumb You Feel Stupid" Fraud

 By Anna Von Reitz

Information provided to H.E. Cardinal Mamberti and the Vatican Chancery Court regarding our Claim March 6 2005, January 19 2023 in seq: 

Some experts consider this a form of spoofing or gaslighting.  Here's an example:

Tens of thousands of "extra" Brits are dying and that is resulting in "extra" deaths, and we just can't imagine why.  They are dropping dead like flies, and apparently are the victims of BFS, Bad Faith Syndrome. 

We can observe that all this extra death only started after the forced vaccination programs.

We can see the way the death rate spikes after each and every booster. 

We can track the specific anomalous statistics that should not exist without a specific causative agent -- such as myocarditis in young people, who develop this otherwise rare malady by the tens of thousands---but only after receiving these specific vaccines. 

We can see that the corpses have unnatural white clots of rubbery material clogging their veins.  

We can pick up the wifi signals still being transmitted from the corpses.

We can see how similar the spike protein produced by the artificially inserted mRNA is to snake venom and nicotine -- known poisons, and how it targets the same cellular receptor sites. 

We just can't seem to make the direct and obvious connection between the vaccine injections and all these sudden deaths. 

The Perpetrators have used their Uniformed Officers-- Medical Doctors and Registered Nurses conscripted under Title 37-- and they have deliberately murdered millions of people using a different kind of "shot".  

They don't think we are smart enough to get all the puns.  "Extra" Brits and "extra" deaths?  Yuk-yuk.  Getting shot and getting shots?  More yuk-yuk. 
First, they get their paychecks out of our pockets under False Pretenses; they don't record their written Oaths of Office, so they aren't actually occupying the Public Offices they appear to occupy --  and so, they have no duty or liability associated with the office.  As long as we don't notice this, they get away with it.  

Second, they get nice big fat bonuses and kickbacks for applying the approved "countermeasures" for the problem they literally patented and created, and all that comes out of our pockets, too.  

Third, because these people are cowards as well as criminals, they figure out a way to kill us with minimal casualties to themselves by using needles instead of guns.  They use Medical Doctors and Registered Nurses who are all under the licensing gun to do their dirty work and they pay them extra for doing it, creating a perfect carrot-and-stick coercion scheme to force them into compliance and complicity. 

Fourth, they figure out a way to kill us that will yield profit for them and their franchise corporations by ordering billions of dollars-worth of all these vaccine products at public expense, so we wind up paying for our own poisoning, too. 

Fifth, they try to cover their tracks using bought-and-paid-for media shills, who feed the public gloom-and-doom about everything else, but somehow never cover anything about the "extra" deaths plaguing the vaccinated population.  

Sixth, they congratulate themselves as the "sudden" death rate rises and the infertility statistics soar.  They are giddy with delight, thinking that they have saved the planet by committing genocide, when in fact, all they've done is get paid for committing genocide under False Pretenses.  

Last, they play so dumb about this that they feel stupid. Radio silence must be maintained.  The immensity of the problem must be hidden and limited in public perception.  All people can see. thanks to the rigid and unlawful control of the news media, are their own numbers dwindling in each community.  Lights going out. Driveways unused. 

They must all be on vacation.  Went to visit Mom.  Took a sabbatical. 

The only question left to answer is: who paid DOD, INC., and the  Department of Defense, Inc., to do this?  

Someone paid DOD, INC., and gave them a contract to kill off billions of innocent people, including Americans --- and it's time for us to know the truth and exactly who did that.  

It has to be a sovereign government with very deep pockets.  Only sovereign governments can issue Letters of Marque which legalize murder for hire, and despite this ancient evil being outlawed on the land, it is still practiced in the jurisdiction of the sea.

Of the three most likely candidates that could do this, Britain is the obvious choice.  They also have the kickback payment delivery system in place through SERCO. 

We have reason to believe that funding for the ongoing genocide started five years or more before this infamous live exercise started. We suggest a very thorough scouring of the DOD, INC. income receipts for "extra-territorial services" beginning in 2015.  

A foreign interest as described above, paid the City-operated Municipal Corporation, DOD, INC.,  and the British Territorial-operated Municipal Corporation doing business as the Department of Defense, Inc.,   to create all this damage to the world economy and to pollute the human genome and to kill billions of innocent people. 

As both Municipal Corporations were happily and gainfully involved in creating this arbitrary crisis, we can safely say that they were both paid off, as purveyors of mercenary services, by the same buyers. 

We wish to know who used our money and misrepresented our government so as to murder the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the world population for profit.  

We wish for the banks responsible for this to be gutted and for the bankers responsible for funding this to be arrested and tried as accessories to genocide, as well as having their personal fortunes seized as unjust enrichment resulting from crimes against humanity. 

We wish for the politicians responsible to be arrested and removed from any appearance of Public Office; absent a proper Oath of Office on record and with that same record advertised and made easily accessible to the General Public, they are nothing but imposters.  

We wish for the organizations and institutions complicit in this genocide to be liquidated without the benefit of the corporate veil and for all essential and executive functions of these organizations to be removed, lawfully converted, and placed under the direction of Land Jurisdiction Officers subject to the Public Law.   At a minimum, this includes the World Economic Forum/WEF, the World Health Organization/WEF, World Bank/WORLD BANK, United Nations Organization, Inc./UN CORP, Department of Defense/DOD, National Institutes of Health/NIH, Centers for Disease Control/CDC, Food and Drug Administration/FDA, Reuters/REUTERS, Associated Press/AP, INC., British Broadcasting Corporation/BBC, CBS Broadcasting, Inc./CBS, National Broadcasting Company/NBC, American Broadcasting Company/ABC, Pfizer,Inc./PFIZER, Moderna, Inc./MODERNA, Johnson and Johnson, Inc./ JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, Astrazeneca,Inc./ASTRAZENECA, and all other corporations directly involved in the manufacture, sale, advertising, and injection of the so-called mRNA vaccines. 

We wish for an immediate and permanent cessation of all so-called depopulation efforts---efforts which are founded on wrong-headed and already disproven theories of population dynamics.  

We wish for the release of our free press and broadcast media from any presumption of war-time regulation by any department, agency, or Subcontractor, so as to provide us with the freedom of our airwaves and ensure our access to truthful and a-political news.  

We wish for immediate cessation of any presumption of actual war and an end of pretensions and assumptions of rights related to war.

We wish for immediate action to discipline and circumvent corporations which are operating in the international jurisdiction of the sea as crime syndicates connected by parent corporations and interlocking trust directorates, together with the liquidation of these and their associated Municipal Corporations. For example, the United States of America Corporation is the parent corporation responsible for the activities of the DOD, INC., organization and the DOD,INC. is responsible for the functioning of the NIH, FDA, CDC, DOJ and FBI, all of which are assisting in various aspects of this genocide-for-hire. 

We wish for the immediate identification and arrest of the Parties responsible for the payment of the blood money to the United States Department of Defense and DOD, INC.

We wish for the immediate suspension of all senior officers of the civilian organizations identified above, including the Tier One banks involved and SERCO officers pending questioning and new instructions; we wish for the immediate arrest and questioning of all senior military officers and contract vendors with any knowledge of or connection to this global extra-territorial operation promoting genocide. 

We wish for the immediate arrest and questioning of former United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, who was advised in advance concerning this quote-unquote, "live exercise". 

We wish for a International Convention to provide Negotiation Among Principals concerning the deconstruction of the Law of the Sea and total removal of authority from the Admiralty Courts, which have been a consistent thorn in the flesh of humanity for the past 250-plus years, and which have provided the means used to implement and profit from much of the evil under discussion -- including but not limited to the hypothecation of debt.    

We should not tolerate evil in our midst under the misbegotten presumption that evil is natural and a counterbalance to good; as the Bible and many other ancient scriptures make clear, evil is not a natural part of this Creation. Evil was brought here as a totally foreign element, like an invasive species of plant belonging on another planet. 

We do not owe Evil a separate kingdom and law of its own, that is, the Jurisdiction of the Sea and Law of the Sea.  Rather, we owe it to ourselves to get rid of any institutions that do not serve the best interests of mankind. 

Satan conclusively lost the war at Golgotha and it's time for the Jurisdiction of the Sea to return to its natural and free flowing and happy nature, set free of the lies and deceit that have hitherto been the hallmarks of the separate kingdom mistakenly apportioned to the Father of All Lies.    

We realize that these matters extend beyond the concerns customarily brought before the Vatican Chancery Court, but as these corporations exist in the realm of the air and are subject to Ecclesiastical Law, we hope that your venerable court will take up the issue of their crimes, and that you will promptly forward the information being received to those persons and organizations most responsible for correcting and disciplining Municipal Corporations, including, but not limited to, His Holiness, Pope Francis. 

Issued by: Anna Maria Riezinger, Fiduciary
                  The United States of America
                  In care of: Box 520994
                  Big Lake, Alaska 99652

May14th 2023


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Fifth Sunday After Easter

 Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's

The Church's Year

In thanks for the redemption the Church sings at the Introit:

INTROIT Declare the voice of joy, and let it be heard, allel.: declare it even to the ends of the earth: the Lord hath delivered his people. (Isai. XLVII. 20.) Allel. allel. Shout with joy to God, all the earth: sing ye a psalm to his name, give glory to his praise. (Fs. LXV.) Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

COLLECT O God, from whom all good things proceed: grant to Thy suppliants, that by Thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by Thy guidance may perform the same. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end, Amen.

EPISTLE (James I. 22‑27.) Dearly Beloved, Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if a man be a hearer of the word and not a doer, he shall be compared to a than beholding his own countenance in a glass: for he beheld himself and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was. But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Religion clean and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless, and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one's self unspotted from the world.

EXPLANATION True piety, as St. James here says, consists not only in knowing and recognizing the word of God, but in living according to its precepts and teachings; in subduing the tongue, the most dangerous and injurious of all our members; in being charitable to the poor and destitute, and in contemning the world, its false principles, foolish customs and scandalous example, against which we should guard, that we may not become infected and polluted by them. Test thyself, whether thy life be of this kind.

ASPIRATION O Jesus! Director of the soul! Give me the grace of true piety as defined by St. James.

GOSPEL (John XVI. 23-30.) At this time, Jesus saith to his disciples: Amen, amen, I say to you, if you ask the Father, anything in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto, you have not asked anything in my name. Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. These things I have spoken to you in proverbs. The hour cometh when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will show you plainly of the Father. In that day, you shall ask in my name: and I say not to you that I will ask the Father for you, for the Father himself loveth you, because you have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again I leave the world, and go to the Father. His disciples say to him: Behold, now thou speakest plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now we know that thou knowest all things, and thou needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou comest forth from God.

Why does God wish us to ask of Him?

That we may know and confess that all good comes from Him; that we may acknowledge our poverty and weakness which in all things need the help of God; that we may thus glorify Him and render ourselves less unworthy of the gifts which He has promised us.

What is meant by asking to the name of Jesus?

By this is meant praying with confidence in the merits of Jesus, "who," as St. Cyril says, "being God with the Father, gives us all good, and as mediator carries our petitions to His Father." The Church, therefore concludes all her prayers with the words: "Through our Lord, Jesus Christ." It means also that we should ask that which is in accordance with the will of Christ, namely, all things necessary for the salvation of our soul; to pray for temporal things merely in order to live happily in this world, is not pleasing to Christ and avails us nothing. "He who prays for what hinders salvation," says St. Augustine, "does not pray in the name of Jesus." Thus Jesus said to His disciples: Hitherto you have asked nothing in my name, "because," as St. Gregory says, "they did not ask for that which conduces to eternal salvation."

Why is it that God sometimes does not grant our petitions?

Because we often pray for things that are injurious, and like a good father, God denies them to us, in order to give us something better; because He wishes to prove our patience and perseverance in prayer; because we generally do not pray as we ought; to be pleasing to God, prayer should be made when in a state of grace and with confidence in Christ's merits, for the prayer of a just man availeth much; (James V. 16.) we must pray with humility and submission to the will of God, with attention, fervor, sincerity, and with perseverance.

At what special times should we pray?

We should pray every morning and evening, before and after meals, in time of temptation, when commencing any important undertaking, and particularly in the hour of death. God is mindful of us every moment, and gives us His grace. It is, therefore, but just that we think often of Him during the day, and thank Him for His blessings.

How can we, in accordance with Christ's teachings, (Luke XVIII. 1.) pray at all times?

By making the good intention when commencing our work, to do all for the love of God, and according to His most holy will; by raising our hearts to God at different times during the day; frequently making acts of faith, hope, love, and humility, and by repeating short ejaculations, such as: O Jesus! grant me grace to love Thee! Thee only do I desire to love! O be merciful to me! Lord hasten to help me.

What is the signification of the different ceremonies that Catholics use at their prayers?

The general signification is that God must be served, honored and adored, not only with the soul but with the body; when we pray aloud we praise God, not only with the mind, but also with our lips; when we pray with bowed and uncovered head, with folded, uplifted, or outstretched hands, on bended knees, with bowed and prostrated body, we show our reverence and subjection to the majesty of God, before whom we, who are but dust and ashes, cannot humble ourselves enough. These different ceremonies during prayer are frequently mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments, and Christ and His apostles have made use of them, as for instance, the bending of the knees, falling on the face, &c.

Which is the best of all prayers?

The Lord's Prayer which Christ Himself taught us, and commands us to repeat. When said with devotion, it is the most powerful of all prayers. (Matt. VI, 9-13; Luke XI. 2‑4.)


Of what does the Lord's Prayer consist?

It consists of an address, as an introduction to the prayer, and of seven petitions which contain all that we should ask for the honor of God, and for our own salvation. The address is thus: Our Father who art in heaven:

What does the word “Our" signify?

In the communion of saints we should pray for and with all the children of God; we should be humble and preserve brotherly love towards all men.

Who is it that is here called our “Father"?

Our Father is God who has made us His children and heirs of His kingdom through His Son.

Why do we say "Who art in heaven", since God is everywhere?

To remind us that our true home is heaven, for which we, should ardently long, because our Father is there, and there He has prepared our inheritance.

For what do we ask to the first petition: "Hallowed be Thy name?"

That we and all men may truly know, love, and serve God.

For what do we pray to the second petition: "Thy kingdom come?"

That the Church of God; the kingdom of Christ, may extend over the whole earth, and the kingdom of sin and the devil be destroyed; that Christ may reign in our hearts and in the hearts of all; and that God will deign to receive us into the kingdom of heaven when our earthly pilgrimage is ended.

For what do we ask to the third petition: "Thy will be done on earth as it is to heaven ?"

We beg that God would enable us, by His grace, to do His will in all things, as the blessed do it in heaven. In these three petitions we seek, as taught by Christ, first the kingdom of God, that all the rest may be added unto us. (Luke XII. 31.)

For what do we ask in the fourth petition: "Give us this day our dally bread?"

We beg for all necessaries for body and soul

Why does it say, "this day?"

The words "this day" signify that we should not be over anxious for the future, but place all our confidence in God who will provide the necessaries of life.

What do we ask for in the fifth petition: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us?"

We beg that God will forgive us our sins, as we forgive others their offenses against us. Those who make this petition, and still bear enmity towards their neighbor, lie in the face of God, and will not receive forgiveness. (Mark XI. 25, 26.)

What is risked for in the sixth petition: Lead us not into temptation?"

We ask God to avert all temptations or at least not to abandon us when we are tempted. We cannot, indeed be entirely free from them in this world, they are even necessary and useful for our salvation: for without temptation there is no combat, without combat no victory and without victory no crown.

What do we ask for in the seventh petition: Deliver us from evil?"

We beg that God would free us from all evil of soul and body.


What are processions?

Processions are solemn religious assemblages of persons marching together, and are instituted by the Catholic Church partly to encourage the piety of the faithful, partly in remembrance of graces received, and in thanksgiving for them. Processions are approved of by the Fathers of the Church from the earliest ages. Those who take part in them in a true spirit will reap wholesome fruit of Christian piety.

Are processions something new?

No, they were the custom in the very earliest centuries of the Church, as testified by the acts of the martyrs, of Saints Cyprian, Lucius, Boniface, and the Fathers of the Church, Saints Basil, Chrysostom, Ambrose, Gregory, and others. They are also founded on Scripture. Thus King David caused the ark of the covenant to be carried in solemn procession to Jerusalem, (II Kings VI.) and Solomon, his son, had it carried in solemn procession into the new temple. (III Kings VIII. 1-6.)

What do processions signify?

Processions are a figure of our pilgrimage on earth; we are strangers and wanderers here below, our journey reaches from this valley of tears to the heavenly Sion, the procession therefore returns into the house of God; our journey leads over the thorny ways of life, the procession therefore takes place in the open air, where the pilgrim is exposed to all kinds of weather; they are a powerful incentive to fervor in prayer for the faithful; when hundreds, even thousands of faithful praise God aloud, or cry to Him for help and mercy, must not even the coldest heart be roused to vivid, fervent devotion, since Christ has promised to be present even where two or three are assembled in His name? Processions are an open acknowledgment that praise, thanks and adoration are due to God alone, while they are a public profession of our faith in Christ, the Crucified; they are a solemn thanksgiving for being permitted to profess Christ, our Lord, before the whole world, as also for all the graces obtained through Him; they are a public testimonial of our faith in the one, holy, Catholic Church, whose members are united by the same bond of faith, and who form under their head, Christ, one family in God. Finally, they are a sign of the triumph of Christian faith over the darkness of heathenism. If processions are solemnized with such intentions, with order and dignity, with fervent devotion, in the light of faith, they are indeed a pleasing sight for angels and men

Why are banners and the cross carried in procession?

The cross signifies that we are assembled as Christians, in the name of Jesus, in whose name we begin and end our prayers, through whose merits we expect all things from the Heavenly Father, and whom we must follow: on our journey to heaven; the red and white banners indicate that we must walk in all innocence under the banner of Christ, and fight unto death against sin, against the world and the devil, and be as ready as were the martyrs to give our life for our faith; the blue banners indicate that we must walk the road of self-denial and mortification, with really humble and penitent feelings for our gins. The banners are also emblematic of Christ's victory over death and hell, and of the triumph of His religion over the pagans and Jews.

Why do we go around the fields in processions?

To beg God to bless the fields with His fatherly hand, to give and preserve the fruits of the earth, and. as He fills the animals with blessings, and gives them food at the proper time, so may He give to as also our necessary food.

What is the origin of the procession on St. Mark's day and on Rogation Days?

The procession on St. Mark's day was instituted even before the time of Pope Gregory the Great (607) who, however, brought it into fervent practice, "in order," as he says, 'to obtain, in a measurer forgiveness of our sins." The same pontiff introduced another, called the Sevenfold Procession, because the faithful of Rome took part in it in seven divisions, from seven different Churches, meeting in the Church of the Blessed Virgin. It was also named the Pest Procession, because it was ordered by St. Gregory to obtain the cessation of a fearful pestilence which was at that time raging in Rome, and throughout all Italy. This pestilence so poisoned the atmosphere that one opening his mouth to sneeze or gape would suddenly fall dead; (hence the custom of saying God bless you," to one sneezing, and of making the sign of the cross on the mouth of one who gapes). The same holy pope ordered the picture of the Blessed Virgin, which is said to have been painted by St. Luke, to be carried in this procession, and that the intercession of this powerful mother be these supplications and the pestilence asked. God heard ceased. It is said that the processions in Rogation Week owe their origin to St. Mamertus, Bishop of Vienne in France; in the neighborhood of which city there were, in the year 469, terrible earthquakes which caused great destruction, the fruits perished and various plagues afflicted the people. The saintly bishop assembled the faithful, recommended them to seek refuge in the merciful God, and led them in procession around the fields. Such processions spread over France, and gradually throughout the Christian world; they are held in order to obtain from God the averting of universal evils, such as war, famine, and pestilence, and are, at the same time, a preparation for the Ascension of Christ who is our most powerful mediator with His Father, and whom we should invoke especially during these days.

With what intentions should we take part in a procession?

With the intention of glorifying God, of thanking Him for all. His graces, and of obtaining aid and comfort from Him in all our corporal and spiritual needs; with the view of professing our faith openly before the whole world, and with the sincere resolution of always following Christ, the Crucified, in the path of penance and mortification. He who entertains other intentions and takes part, perhaps, for temporal advantages, or for sinful pleasures, or to avoid labor, &c., sins against God and the Church who weeps over and condemns such abuses.