May God save the Hereditary Prince of Leichtenstein and may God bless his subjects who, today, the feast of the Most Precious Blood, demonstrated their overwhelming loyalty to their Prince by preserving his constitutional powers. The Hereditary Princess of Leichtenstein is the heiress presumptive to the Stuart claim to the thrones of Scotland, England, Ireland and France. That those realms would be blessed with Princes of the House of Leichtenstein and preserved from the curse of legal sanction for the slaughter of the unborn.
God bless the Principality of Leichtenstein! God save the Hereditary Prince and his Princess!
The Catholic Herald and Sunlit Uplands have drawn attention to a new development in the struggle to save Leichtenstein from the curse of abortion. His Serene Highness, Alois, Hereditary Prince and Regent of Leichtenstein is threatened with the removal of his veto. The same fate befell HRH the Grand Duke of Luxembourg in 2009 for his opposition to euthanasia. The Principality was beset by the question of abortion last September, when a referendum to permit it was defeated by the people. At that time, HSE the Hereditary Prince and Regent had promised to veto the result if it had favoured abortion. Since then, elements within and without the Principality have conspired to remove the Prince's power to protect the unborn. The Prince is married to HSH the Princess Sophie, daughter of Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria, who is, by the Jacobite Succession the heiress presumptive to the thrones of England, Scotland, Ireland and France.
Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, Head of the House of Habsburg-Lothringen, 1887 -- 1922 Knight of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
Born the grand nephew of Emperor Franz-Josef, he was far down the line of succession to the throne. Due to a series of tragedies, in 1916 in the middle of the The Great War (World War I), he succeeded to the imperial and royal crowns. He very strongly opposed the war and attempted through secret negotiations to bring about a fair and lasting peace. As a result he was known as "The Peace Emperor".
In 1919 the socialist government forced him into exile where he and his family lived a quite, humble, deeply religious Catholic life. His attempt in 1921 to return to Hungary failed. Emperor Karl and his family were exiled to the island of Madeira where they lived in poverty, and where he bore a serious illness with great trust in God. He died in Funchal on 1 April 1922.
The date for his memorial was set as 21 October, the day on which he had married Zita, Princess of the House of Bourbon-Parma.
Blessed Karl, at great danger to yourself and your family, you worked diligently to end the incredible destruction and bloodshed of The Great War. In spite of losing your crowns, your power, your country, your wealth, and your health, you never lost your profound trust in God. Pray for us and for peace in our world torn by war, strive and terrorism.
Collect O God, through the diversities of this world you led Blessed Karl from this earthly realm to the crown reserved for him in heaven. Grant through his intercession that we may so serve your Son and our brothers and sisters that we may become worthy of eternal life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Habsburg Family Association's website has announced the death this morning of His Imperial and Royal Highness the Crown Prince Otto of Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Bohemia, the son of the Blessed Karl of Austria and the Servant of God the Empress Zita. His official funeral will be held at St Stephens Cathedral in Vienna on 16th July, 2011. Following which he will be interred in the Imperial Crypt in Vienna.
Respice etiam ad devotissimum imperatorem nostrum cujus tu, Deus, desiderii vota praenoscens, ineffabili pietatis et misericordiae tuae munere, tranquillum perpetuae pacis accommoda, et coelestem victoriam cum omni populo suo.
Ecuador was consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 23rd March, 1873, at the hand of President Gabriel García Moreno. Ireland had that privilege a week later, on Passion Sunday, 30th March, 1873. The Kingdom of Spain was solemnly consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 30th May,1919, at the hand of King Alfonso XIII and, one may say, he suffered for it, like President Moreno, at the hands of the enemies of the Sacred Heart.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee, Whatever may befall me, Lord, though dark the hour may be; In all my woes, in all my joys, though nought but grief I see, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee.
When those I loved have passed away, and I am sore distressed, 0 Sacred Heart of Jesus, I fly to Thee for rest. In all my trials, great or small, my confidence shall be, Unshaken as I cry, dear Lord, I place my trust in Thee.
This is my one sweet prayer, dear Lord, my faith, my trust, my love, But most of all in that last hour, when death points up above, O sweet Saviour, may Thy face smile on my soul all free. Oh may I cry with rapturous love, I've placed my trust in Thee.
The figure of High King Brian Boru stands astride the history of Gaelic Ireland like a colossus. Although not of the Uí Neill dynasty that had ruled Ireland since Niall Noígiallach (Niall of the Nine Hostages) in the 5th Century, Boru showed himself to be the strongest and most fit for the throne. It is a testimony to the cultural stability of Gaelic Ireland that Máel Sechnaill II, who had abdicated the High Kingship in his favour, was also his successor when his line was extinguished at the Battle of Clontarf on Good Friday, 23rd April, 1014.
Perhaps the greatest 'what if' in Irish history is 'what if Brian Boru had survived the Battle of Clontarf'. It is conceivable that Ireland could have taken a great leap forward towards unity or feudalism at a moment when Robert the Pious struggled to maintain his throne, even against his own sons, and when St. Henry II found it difficult to gain recognition for his claim to the Imperial throne. At the time, Spain was struggling for survival against the Moors and Richard, Duke of Normandy, grandfather of William the Bastard, was withstanding a revolt of peasants. An Ireland united culturally and spiritually under the leadership of a powerful and dynamic dynasty would surely have been a very different one from the one seen from Bannow Bay in 1169.
While a good deal of romanticism surrounds our perceptions of Boru and Clontarf - and over-simplification of issues - it should be noted that Gaelic Ireland avoided the fate of England, which received Canute as King the following year. It was another class of Viking, the Normans of Wales, who descended a century later to begin the most sorrowful chapters of Irish history.
The following is a poetical account by William Kennealy of the address of King Brian, holding aloft the Crucifix, to his troops before the Battle of Clontarf:
"Stand ye now for Erin's glory! Stand ye now for Erin's cause! Long ye've groaned beneath the rigor of the Northmen's savage laws. What though brothers league against us? What, though myriad be the foe? Victory will be more honored in the myriads' overthrow.
"Proud Connacians! oft we've wrangled in our petty feuds of yore; Now we fight against the robber Dane upon our native shore; May our hearts unite in friendship, as our blood in one red tide, While we crush their mail-clad legions, and annihilate their pride!
"Brave Eugenians! Erin triumphs in the sight she sees to-day- Desmond's homesteads all deserted for the muster and the fray! Cluan's vale and Galtees' summit send their bravest and their best- May such hearts be theirs forever, for the Freedom of the West!
"Chiefs and Kernes of Dalcassia! Brothers of my past career, Oft we've trodden on the pirate-flag that flaunts before us here; You remember Inniscattery, how we bounded on the foe, As the torrent of the mountain bursts upon the plain below!
"They have razed our proudest castles , spoiled the Temples of the Lord, Burned to dust the sacred relics, put the Peaceful to the sword, Desecrated all things holy, as they soon may do again; If their power to-day we smite not, if to-day we be not men!
"On this day the God-man suffered - look upon the sacred sign; May we conquer 'neath its shadow, as of old did Constantine! May the heathen tribe of Odin fade before it like a dream, And the triumph of this glorious day in our future annuals gleam!
"God of heaven, bless our banner, nerve our sinews for the strife! Fight we now for all that's holy, for our altars, land and life, For red vengeance on the spoiler, whom the blazing temples trace, For the honor of our maidens and the glory of our race!
"Should I fall before the foeman, 'tis the death I seek to-day; Should ten thousand daggers pierce me, bear my body not away, Till this day of days be over, till the field is fought and won; Then the holy Mass be chanted, and the funeral rites be done.
"Men of Erin! men of Erin! grasp the battle-ax: and spear! Chase these Northern wolves before you like a herd of frightened deer! Burst their ranks, like bolts from heaven! Down, on the heathen crew, For the glory of the Crucified, and Erin's glory too!"
Today, the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, marks the day, a mere three and a quarter centuries ago, when Christendom breathed a collective sigh of relief at the victory of the Holy League before the gates of Vienna. With this victory, the Holy League had finally halted the second Islamic pincer to enslave Europe.
The first pincer had swept across the whole of Christian North Africa in little more than a generation, from about 632. From North Africa, they advanced steadily into Europe through Iberia. The victory of Charles Martel at Poitiers in 732 checked the Arab advance but it was not until 1492 that Arab forces were finally expelled under the Catholic Monarchs of the Spains.
The second line of advance was contemporary with the first. It swept away the Christian powers of the Near East as it had swept away Christian North Africa and swept them away, never, it seems, to return. For some time, the Crusades checked the relentless tide. However, in 1453, while the Arabs still held parts of Iberia, the Ottoman Turks, already masters of Asia Minor, had captured Constantinople, the capital of the Christian East. Throughout the Mediterranean, nowhere was entirely safe from raids by one Islamic group or another.
With the fall of Constantinople, the Ottomans advanced seadily into the heart of Europe from the East, just as the Arabs had done from the South centuries earlier. Would they succeed now where their co-religionists had failed before? Christian cities fell like dominoes: Belgrade in 1521; Rhodes in 1522; and Buda(pest) in 1526 for the first time. Vienna was beseiged by the Turks in 1526. The Turk would be defeated again at Malta in 1565 and Lepanto in 1571 but Vienna remained a front-line City for more than a century. This is the scene as the Battle for Vienna commences in 1683. In truth, it was a battle for the future of Europe and the survival of Christendom.
The city was invested on 14th July, 1683. Graf von Starhemberg, the Governor of the city, refused to capitulate, which was a wise move, given the wholesale slaughter of the citzens of Perchtoldsdorf when they had surrendered a few days earlier.
Imperial forces under Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, were successfully harrying the forward guard of the beseiging Turks when Jan III Sobieski, elective King of Poland, responded to the appeals from Pope and Emperor to lend his aid to the beleagured Christian forces in Austria. He set out for Vienna in August, his forces marching behind the banner of the Blessed Virgin. Passing by the Sanctuary of Our Lady in Czestochowa, they implored Our Lady's help and blessing. Writing to the bishops of Poland, Pope Pius XII recalled the supplications of Sobieski to Mary at the Sanctuary:
"To the same Heavenly Queen, on Clear Mountain, the illustrious John Sobieski, whose eminent valour freed Christianity from the attacks of its old enemies, confided himself." [Cum iam lustri abeat, 1951]
The Polish army crossed the Danube on 6th September. The massed forces of the Holy League, under the flag of the Crown of Our Lady, identical to that used today for the European Union, assembled on the Kahlenberg Heights above Vienna. A key figure at this point was Friar Mark d'Aviano, confessor to Emperor Leopold I. He preached passionately to the men of the Holy League in his capacity as Papal Legate, ensuring that the Holy League remained united and persevered to victory. After Mass early on the morning of 12th September, 1683, the forces of the Holy League swept down upon the foe. In the aftermath of the victory, the Holy League swept the Turks before them out of Hungary, regaining Buda(pest) in 1686.
In 1513, Pope Julius II had granted a local indult to celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary to the diocese of Cuenta in Spain. It was assigned a proper Office. With the reform of the Breviary undertaken by Pope St. Pius V, the feast was abolished, only to be reinstituted by his successor, Pope Sixtus V. The feast spread to the Archdiocese of Toledo by 1622 and, eventually, to all of Spain and to the Kingdom of Naples.
In thanksgiving for the victory, Blessed Innocent XI extended the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary to the Universal Church, it then being celebrated upon the Sunday after the 8th of September, the feast of Our Lady's Nativity. Pope St. Pius X, by a decree of 8th July, 1908, fixed the feast upon the day of the victory itself.
As reported, His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg has refused to give his assent to a law legalising euthanasia in the predominantly Catholic Grand Duchy, which now has the dubious distinction of being the third European Country, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to do so.
However, the 'Christian' 'Democrat' Government has decided not to permit the Grand Duke's conscience to prevent the legalised murder of the old.
Rather than adhere to the Constitution of the Grand Duchy, which required the Grand Duke to assent to laws passed by parliament before they came into force, they have decided to change Article 34 of that Constitution, stripping His Royal Highness of that function. His Royal Highness will now be required to promulgate laws, even if they are repugnant to his own conscience .
His Royal Highness' paternal Grand Aunt, the Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde was forced to abdicate in 1919 for having defended the rights of the Church in education, after which she entered a Convent for the remainder of her life. His Royal Highness' maternal Uncle, Baudoin, King of the Belgians, was forced to abdicate in 1990 rather than sign a law legalising abortion in Belgium.
St. Joseph, Patron of the Dying, pray for Luxembourg and its Grand Duke!
Der Spiegel reports that H.R.H. the Grand Duke of Luxembourg has declared that he will refuse to sign into law an Act legalising euthanasia. The official site of the Grand Duchy declares: "If the Grand Ducal Family have retained their legitimate role in Luxemburgois society it is in large part because they have won their confidence in the moments of greatest difficulty". Grand Duke Henri's mother is the sister of his late Majesty, Baudouin I, King of the Belgians.
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg is reported to be considering stripping the Grand Duke of his legislative powers.
May God bless and preserve the Grand Duke of Luxembourg and confirm him in devotion to the Law of God! May God save the people of Luxembourg!
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