Even Rome Came to An End
Thomas A. Droleskey
Delusion is common to the scions of the Americanist dream and to the scions of conciliarism. Let us examine the delusion of the scions of Americanism first.
The Americanist warriors of the "neoconservative" stripe believe that the way to secure peace for the Zionists in Israel and for the United States of America is to bomb Mohammedan countries "back to the stone age." Death and destruction are the path to imposing the iron will of American and Israeli policy-makers. Never mind the fact that war has failed the cause of American security in Afghanistan and Iraq. Never mind the fact that the Hezbollah routed the Israelis in Lebanon despite the massive bombardment of civilian population centers by the bloodthirsty killers who head the Israeli government. Oh, no, what has failed to work--and has cost the lives of over two thousand Americans and countless thousands of Iraqis and Afghans and others--is going to work if it is deemed "necessary," as appears likely, for the United States to use "tactical nuclear weapons" against Iran in the near future.
Consider an excerpt from the following analysis, "Why Bush Will Nuke Iran", written by Paul Craig Roberts, that appeared on the Lew Rockwell website (Why Bush Will Nuke Iran by Paul Craig Roberts):
The neoconservative Bush administration will attack Iran with tactical nuclear weapons, because it is the only way the neocons believe they can rescue their goal of U.S. (and Israeli) hegemony in the Middle East.
The U.S. has lost the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are stating their need for more troops. But there are no troops to send.
Bush has tried to pawn Afghanistan off on NATO, but Europe does not see any point in sacrificing its blood and money for the sake of American hegemony. The NATO troops in Afghanistan are experiencing substantial casualties from a revived Taliban, and European governments are not enthralled over providing cannon fodder for U.S. hegemony.
The "coalition of the willing" has evaporated. Indeed, it never existed. Bush's "coalition" was assembled with bribes, threats, and intimidation. Pervez Musharraf, the American puppet ruler of Pakistan, let the cat out of the bag when he told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sept. 24, 2006, that Pakistan had no choice about joining the "coalition." Brute coercion was applied. Musharraf said Assistant Secretary of State Richard Armitage told the Pakistani intelligence director that "you are with us" or "be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age." Armitage is trying to deny his threat, but Dawn Wire Service, reporting from Islamabad on Sept. 16, 2001, on the pressure Bush was putting on Musharraf to facilitate the U.S. attack on Afghanistan, stated: "'Pakistan has the option to live in the 21st century or the Stone Age' is roughly how U.S. officials are putting their case."
That Musharraf would volunteer this information on American television is a good indication that Bush has lost the war. Musharraf can no longer withstand the anger he has created against himself by helping the U.S. slaughter his fellow Muslims in Bush's attempt to exercise U.S. hegemony over the Muslim world. Bush cannot protect Musharraf from the wrath of Pakistanis, and so Musharraf has explained himself as having cooperated with Bush in order to prevent the U.S. destruction of Pakistan: "One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's what I did." Nevertheless, he said, he refused Bush's "ludicrous" demand that he arrest Pakistanis who publicly demonstrated against the U.S.: "If somebody's expressing views, we cannot curb the expression of views."
Bush's defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel's defeat by Hezbollah in Lebanon have shown that the military firepower of the U.S. and Israeli armies, though effective against massed Arab armies, cannot defeat guerillas and insurgencies. The U.S. has battled in Iraq longer than it fought against Nazi Germany, and the situation in Iraq is out of control. The Taliban have regained half of Afghanistan. The king of Saudi Arabia has told Bush that the ground is shaking under his feet as unrest over the American/Israeli violence against Muslims builds to dangerous levels. Our Egyptian puppet sits atop 100 million Muslims who do not think that Egypt should be a lackey of U.S. hegemony. The king of Jordan understands that Israeli policy is to drive every Palestinian into Jordan.
Bush is incapable of recognizing his mistake. He can only escalate. Plans have long been made to attack Iran. The problem is that Iran can respond in effective ways to a conventional attack. Moreover, an American attack on another Muslim country could result in turmoil and rebellion throughout the Middle East. This is why the neocons have changed U.S. war doctrine to permit a nuclear strike on Iran.
Neocons believe that a nuclear attack on Iran would have intimidating force throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran would not dare retaliate, neocons believe, against U.S. ships, U.S. troops in Iraq, or use their missiles against oil facilities in the Middle East.
The neoconservatives are Zionists of various stripes, whether Talmudic or Christian, who believe that there is a "final solution" to the Mohammedan "problem." That "final solution" is, of course, the use of firepower to produce a total surrender to the American and Israeli way of thinking. That Mohammedans will never surrender to such firepower does not enter into the consciousness of people who are mad, utterly and completely deluded by the false belief that it is conversion to the "American way" that will improve the world. It is only conversion of men and nations to the Social Reign of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen that can produce authentic peace within and among nations. The neoconservatives, however, believe in no such thing. Their "crusade" is not to rescue the Holy Lands from the Mohammedans and/or to convert these infidels to the true Faith. Oh, no. Their "crusade" is to spread the joys of the American way of "pluralism" and "civil liberty" that have produced such things as contraception and pornography and baby-killing, both surgical and chemical, among many other evils, in this country and around the world. Mohammedans will never be intimidated into accepting pluralism and civil liberty.
One would think that facts would mean something to the Bush Administration. However, facts mean as little to the George W. Bush and the members of his administration as they meant to former President William Jefferson Clinton and his own minions (which is why a food fight from Hell, which is what a war of words between Clinton and Clintonites and Bush and the Bushies is when all is said and done, is of utterly no importance whatsoever). Iraq has become a hotbed of Mohammedan terrorist activity, just as some of us in the Fall of 2002 predicted would happen if we invaded Iraq, which was in no way responsible for the events of September 11, 2001, and did not possess "weapons of mass destruction." Here are two brief excerpts from an article I wrote for an issue of the printed pages of Christ or Chaos in late-2002 (the article was included in "This is the Charity of God, That We Keep His Commandments," part 6 nearly six months ago now):
If President Bush believes that one of the goals of a war against Iraq is to make the United States "more secure," then anyone with a modicum of common sense would have to come to the conclusion that George W. Bush is badly misled. Again, I will discuss the matter of American security in tomorrow's second part of this reflection. However, even if the United States can remove Saddam Hussein from power after destroying, once again, the infrastructure of Iraq and killing thousands upon thousands of innocent Iraqis, this will do nothing to make the United States more secure. Indeed, scores of suicide bombers will be motivated to avenge our military action. American military action against Iraq at this time makes this country far less secure-and gives the Federal government the excuse it desires to put further restrictions on speech and movement within our own borders. . . .
The principle of proportionality contained in the Just War Theory requires a very careful and prayerful prudential judgment to be made by a policy-maker prior to the advent of war. This is not a matter of infallibly received truth. This is a judgment that has got to be based on a clear-headed and most realistic assessment of the harm that will be caused by the onset of armed hostilities. The impending war with Iraq will cause far more harm than good, as I outlined in my previous section. Rather than making us more secure, we will be less secure. We will contribute to the furtherance of anti-American sentiment around the world, and will contribute to deteriorating, not improving, the situation within Iraq itself. How many truly innocent Iraqis must die to liberate their country of a man who is far less of a threat to them on a daily basis than American "freedom" is to unborn children every day in this country?
Mind you, I am just a political scientist who does not have access to classified intelligence reports. However, it was somewhat apparent that the toppling of Saddam Hussein, who was certainly a brutal despot, would destablilize Iraq to such an extent that its borders would become porous enough for hordes of terrorists to attack American service personnel and Iraqis who were deemed to be collaborators with the American invaders and occupiers. As I have noted so many times before, Hussein was a gangster who did not want rival gangs in his country. He kept al-Qaeda out of Iraq. The situation is so bad in Iraq at present that even Bush's own National Intelligence Agency has stated that Iraq has indeed been destablized (once again, it does not take a national security clearance to figure this one out) and that the United States of America is less secure than it was when our invasion of Iraq began in March of 2003.
A report, written by Mark Mazetti, was published in The New York Times on September 24, 2006, detailing the intelligence assessment:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — A stark assessment of terrorism trends by American intelligence agencies has found that the American invasion and occupation of Iraq has helped spawn a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terrorist threat has grown since the Sept. 11 attacks.
The classified National Intelligence Estimate attributes a more direct role to the Iraq war in fueling radicalism than that presented either in recent White House documents or in a report released Wednesday by the House Intelligence Committee, according to several officials in Washington involved in preparing the assessment or who have read the final document.
The intelligence estimate, completed in April, is the first formal appraisal of global terrorism by United States intelligence agencies since the Iraq war began, and represents a consensus view of the 16 disparate spy services inside government. Titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,’’ it asserts that Islamic radicalism, rather than being in retreat, has metastasized and spread across the globe.
An opening section of the report, “Indicators of the Spread of the Global Jihadist Movement,” cites the Iraq war as a reason for the diffusion of jihad ideology.
The report “says that the Iraq war has made the overall terrorism problem worse,” said one American intelligence official.
More than a dozen United States government officials and outside experts were interviewed for this article, and all spoke only on condition of anonymity because they were discussing a classified intelligence document. The officials included employees of several government agencies, and both supporters and critics of the Bush administration. All of those interviewed had either seen the final version of the document or participated in the creation of earlier drafts. These officials discussed some of the document’s general conclusions but not details, which remain highly classified.
Officials with knowledge of the intelligence estimate said it avoided specific judgments about the likelihood that terrorists would once again strike on United States soil. The relationship between the Iraq war and terrorism, and the question of whether the United States is safer, have been subjects of persistent debate since the war began in 2003.
National Intelligence Estimates are the most authoritative documents that the intelligence community produces on a specific national security issue, and are approved by John D. Negroponte, director of national intelligence. Their conclusions are based on analysis of raw intelligence collected by all of the spy agencies.
Analysts began working on the estimate in 2004, but it was not finalized until this year. Part of the reason was that some government officials were unhappy with the structure and focus of earlier versions of the document, according to officials involved in the discussion.
Previous drafts described actions by the United States government that were determined to have stoked the jihad movement, like the indefinite detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, and some policy makers argued that the intelligence estimate should be more focused on specific steps to mitigate the terror threat. It is unclear whether the final draft of the intelligence estimate criticizes individual policies of the United States, but intelligence officials involved in preparing the document said its conclusions were not softened or massaged for political purposes.
Frederick Jones, a White House spokesman, said the White House “played no role in drafting or reviewing the judgments expressed in the National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism.” The estimate’s judgments confirm some predictions of a National Intelligence Council report completed in January 2003, two months before the Iraq invasion. That report stated that the approaching war had the potential to increase support for political Islam worldwide and could increase support for some terrorist objectives.
In his own style of denial, George W. Bush, who is every bit as much a positivist as his predecessor, Bill Clinton, states that the report does not indicate that his invasion of Iraq has worsened terrorism there or in the world-at-large. Bush and his people believe that America is the "new Rome" and that she is more invincible than Rome because she is more powerful than Rome. This is from the commentary authored by Paul Craig Roberts:
There can be little doubt that the aggressive U.S. use of nukes in pursuit of hegemony would make America a pariah country, despised and distrusted by every other country. Neocons believe that diplomacy is feeble and useless, but that the unapologetic use of force brings forth cooperation in order to avoid destruction.
Neoconservatives say that America is the new Rome, only more powerful than Rome. Neoconservatives genuinely believe that no one can withstand the might of the United States and that America can rule by force alone.
Talk about delusion. What exactly happened to Rome? Yes, as I wrote five years ago, empires come and go, including ours (Empires Come and go, including ours!). Madmen never learn that military power of itself never produces authentic peace, although it can be used for a time to intimidate others when those who wield it are willing to kill wantonly in order to maintain an absence of conflict that has the appearance of "peace." A Pax Americana is as illusory as the Pax Romana. We suffer from the same kind of internal corruption, both moral and political, as did ancient Rome. Contemporary barbarians of all sorts, including the Russians the Red Chinese, stand ready to do to us far worse than what Alaric and the Visigoths (and others) did to Rome in the year 410 A.D. and thereafter off and on for several centuries.
Who has the antidote to this madness? The Catholic Church, or course, especially through the faithful fulfillment of Our Lady's Fatima Message. Yes, I know. There is probably no forgoing the chastisement that must occur as a result of the failure of any pope to consecrate Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart after the initial request was made by Our Lady to Sister Lucia. The conciliar church, though, is in the grips of such a monstrous apostasy that its leaders, including Benedict XVI, are just as delusional as Bush and his Zionist advisers. Rather than seeking the conversion of the Talmudic Jews, who are responsible for what passes for "American foreign policy," and of the Mohammedans, both of whom are steeped in the ravages of Original Sin, the conciliarists express "respect" for false religions that come from the devil and lead souls to Hell for all eternity while wreaking all manner of savage violence in this vale of tears in the meantime. Benedict really believes that he can convince Mohammedans to join the pluralist world of "religious liberty" by engaging them in "interreligious" dialogue, as absurd and insane a proposition as Bush's belief that force will produce the Pax Americana and force the Mohammedans to be as pliant as was one of their fictional leaders who was captured at the end of Laurel and Hardy's Beau Hunks (who was just as much in love with Jeannie-Weanie as had been Ollie himself before he listed with Stanley in the French Foreign Legion).
We are living through the chastisement at present, both ecclesiastically and civilly. This is clear. It is going to get worse. What can we do? Stay in a state of Sanctifying Grace. Stay away from conciliarism. Stay away from television, including the Faux News Channel. Say as many Rosaries as your state-in-life permits. Understand these eternal truths, written, ironically, by the pope who should have consecrated Russia to Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart in 1929, Pope Pius XI, in his first encyclical letter, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922:
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations.
It is possible to sum up all We have said in one word, "the Kingdom of Christ." For Jesus Christ reigns over the minds of individuals by His teachings, in their hearts by His love, in each one's life by the living according to His law and the imitating of His example. Jesus reigns over the family when it, modeled after the holy ideals of the sacrament of matrimony instituted by Christ, maintains unspotted its true character of sanctuary. In such a sanctuary of love, parental authority is fashioned after the authority of God, the Father, from Whom, as a matter of fact, it originates and after which even it is named. (Ephesians iii, 15) The obedience of the children imitates that of the Divine Child of Nazareth, and the whole family life is inspired by the sacred ideals of the Holy Family. Finally, Jesus Christ reigns over society when men recognize and reverence the sovereignty of Christ, when they accept the divine origin and control over all social forces, a recognition which is the basis of the right to command for those in authority and of the duty to obey for those who are subjects, a duty which cannot but ennoble all who live up to its demands. Christ reigns where the position in society which He Himself has assigned to His Church is recognized, for He bestowed on the Church the status and the constitution of a society which, by reason of the perfect ends which it is called upon to attain, must be held to be supreme in its own sphere; He also made her the depository and interpreter of His divine teachings, and, by consequence, the teacher and guide of every other society whatsoever, not of course in the sense that she should abstract in the least from their authority, each in its own sphere supreme, but that she should really perfect their authority, just as divine grace perfects human nature, and should give to them the assistance necessary for men to attain their true final end, eternal happiness, and by that very fact make them the more deserving and certain promoters of their happiness here below.
It is, therefore, a fact which cannot be questioned that the true peace of Christ can only exist in the Kingdom of Christ -- "the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ." It is no less unquestionable that, in doing all we can to bring about the re-establishment of Christ's kingdom, we will be working most effectively toward a lasting world peace.
Benedict believes that there can be no "return" to Christendom. That era of history has come and gone, replaced by the "healthy secularism" envisioned by the authors of Gaudium et Spes. That "healthy secularism" is based, however, on the anti-Incarnational principles of Modernity, that it is possible for men and their nations to know justice at home and peace abroad absent a subordination of every aspect of their lives, both individually and collectively, to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted solely to the Catholic church and absent a reliance of individual men upon Sanctifying Grace to scale the heights of personal sanctity to the point of their dying breaths. Conciliarism, the triumph, albeit temporary, of Modernism in the lives of ordinary Catholics who do not know any better, is thus the other side of the same coin as Bush's jingoistic and militaristic nationalism.
Pope Pius XI, writing in Mit Brennender Sorge, March 14, 1937, reminded us to be wary of those who invoke the word Faith in an empty way, as the Americanist nationalists do with utter impunity--and to the delight of so many traditional Catholics:
You will need to watch carefully, Venerable Brethren, that religious fundamental concepts be not emptied of their content and distorted to profane use. "Revelation" in its Christian sense, means the word of God addressed to man. The use of this word for the "suggestions" of race and blood, for the irradiations of a people's history, is mere equivocation. False coins of this sort do not deserve Christian currency. "Faith" consists in holding as true what God has revealed and proposes through His Church to man's acceptance. It is "the evidence of things that appear not" (Heb. ii. 1). The joyful and proud confidence in the future of one's people, instinct in every heart, is quite a different thing from faith in a religious sense. To substitute the one for the other, and demand on the strength of this, to be numbered among the faithful followers of Christ, is a senseless play on words, if it does not conceal a confusion of concepts, or worse.
It is not the "American way" in which we put our trust. It is not the conciliar way, full of its novel disregard for the right of Our Lord to reign as the King of all men and of all nations, in which we put our trust. We must put our trust exclusively in the Catholic Church, flying unto the patronage of the Sorrowful and the Immaculate Heart of Mary to assist us as we live through a time in which the holders of civil power and the ostensible holders of ecclesiastical power are caught up in the twin, inter-related, anti-Incarnational errors of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the Church. The solution is simple. Unfortunately, though, proud men who hold Catholic Rome in Modernist captivity prevent the conversion of those in civil power in the new "secular Rome," the United States, from seeing the necessity of converting themselves and their nation to the Catholic Church and the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen.
Our Lady will have her Triumph, and it will be glorious. We just need to keep close to her and to wear the Miraculous Medal and the Brown Scapular at all times as we are earnest in the fulfillment of the terms associated with the promises attached thereto.
Vivat Christus Rex! Vivat Maria Regina Immaculata!
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Beloved, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
Saint John Mary Vianney, pray for us.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.
Saint Therese Lisieux, pray for us.
Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us.
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, pray for us.
Saint Athanasius, pray for us.
Saint Alphonsus de Liguori, pray for us.
Saint Jerome, pray for us.
Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Saint Basil, pray for us.
Saint Augustine, pray for us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.
Saint Vincent Ferrer, pray for us.
Saint Sebastian, pray for us.
Saint Tarcisius, pray for us.
Saint Lucy, pray for us.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.
Saint Agatha, pray for us.
Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Saint Bernadette Soubirous, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us.
Blessed Pauline Jaricot, pray for us.
Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro, pray for us.
Blessed Francisco, pray for us.
Blessed Jacinta, pray for us.
Sister Lucia, pray for us.
The Longer Version of the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer, composed by Pope Leo XIII, 1888
O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.
Verse: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
Response: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
Verse: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
Response: As we have hoped in Thee.
Verse: O Lord hear my prayer.
Response: And let my cry come unto Thee.
Verse: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls.