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The Roman *Breviary reads: "During the cruel persecution of the Emperor Diocletian. Marcellinus of Rome, overcome with terror, offered incense to the idols of the gods. For this sin he did penance and wearing a hair-shirt went to the Council of Sinuesso, where many Bishops had assembled and there openly confessed his crime."

*Etymology. The word, Breviary, comes from the Latin word, Breviarium, an abridgment, a compendium. The name was given to the Divine Office, because it is an abridgment or abstract made from holy scripture, the writings of the Fathers, the lives of the Saints. It is called the ecclesiastical office (officium ecclesiasticum), because it was instituted by the Church.

Hence, nothing in her official prayer is left to chance, nothing is left to the selection or caprice of the individual who recites this prayer; all is foreseen, everything is in order, every tittle has a reason for its existence and its place in the liturgy, and represents the end and the intentions of the Church. For, every part of the Roman Breviary is stamped with the wisdom, the zeal and the piety of the Church, which presents it as an offering all suitable for and worthy of God's honour and glory.

St. Augustine, Florida

 

(Founded 1565 A.D.)   

 

 

Old St. Augustine is the cradle of American Catholicity and civilization. This lonely Spanish outpost was the first permanent Catholic/European settlement within the present limits of the United States. Its foundation on the shores of Ponce de Leon's Pascua de Florida antedates the coming of the pilgrims to New England by more than a half a century.


Pedro Menendez de Aviles, a Conquistador eager for the conquest of souls for Christ, sailed from Cadiz in June of the year 1565 with eleven ships and 600 men. On August 28th of the same year, he sighted Florida's coast. It was the Feast of St. Augustine.

 

Image of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida

 

These holy beginnings in the new settlement of St. Augustine were followed by years of intense missionary endeavor. Priests and soldier-catechists carried the Cross of Christ with heroic resolve into a wilderness soon splendid with the blood of martyrs. Hostile Indian tribes, tempered by the mercy of their visitors, were brought in growing numbers to enfold the joy of the True Faith. The spiritual frontier was pushed farther inland in an ever expanding perimeter. And, though the fortunes of St. Augustine and Florida passed through sieges and plunderings and fires, and several different periods of possession by Spain, England, and the newly united American states, the missionary activities begun there carried on to our own time despite all obstacles. (Primarily cited from the book: "Ireland in Florida: Priestly Sons of Erin", c. 1955.)

 

 

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Dear Editor of TCW,

 

How does a layman baptize in cases of emergency, what are the words and formula?

 

-Jason

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Reply from Editor

 

Dear Jason,

 

Hi. Baptism is conferred by having the proper intention (of doing what the Catholic Church wants), and by pouring water on the head of the one to be baptized, while pronouncing at the same time the words:

 

"(Person's Name) I BAPTIZE THEE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (pour water the first time), AND OF THE SON (pour water the second time), AND OF THE HOLY GHOST (pour water the third time). "

 

To knowingly attempt to baptize a 100% validly baptized person is a mortal sin. If a person was doubtfully baptized, then they must be conditionally baptized. The Catholic Church's formula for Conditional Baptism is:

 

"If thou art not baptized, I BAPTIZE THEE (Person's Name) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (pour water the first time), AND OF THE SON (pour water the second time), AND OF THE HOLY GHOST (pour water the third time)."

 

Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!

 

The Editor of TCW

 

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Extract from The New York Times (March 13th, 1941) obituary, of the holy French prophetess & stigmatist, Marie-Julie Jahenny (1850-1941). See TCW's post: "Rare Series of Marie-Julie Jahenny Prophecies" (in English) at: http://tinyurl.com/marie-j-proph-eng
"More than ever the number of priests that one calls real ministers of God is VERY SMALL, it is really small. . . There are many priests who will not be ashamed, on the day of terror, to violate the secrets of the confessional ... *

"There will be scandals. . . YOU MUST EXPECT ALL KINDS OF THINGS. The heart of the Church is now only a bleeding wound. TODAY CRIME IS BROUGHT TO THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR."
Prophetic Words of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary to Marie-Julie Jahenny (October 25th, 1881 A.D.)

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