Devotions
Issued by the Catholic Crusade


THE RED MASS.

OFFICE

Priest. The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence.

Psalm 68.

People. 1. Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered; let them also that hate Him flee before Him.
2. But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God: let them also be merry and joyful.
3. He is a father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows: even God in His holy habitation.
4. He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in a house: and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity.
5. He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord by whom we escape death.
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.

The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.

Priest. I confess to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary, St. Thomas of Canterbury and all the Saints, and to you, my brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly by my fault, my own fault, my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beg Blessed Mary, St. Thomas, all the Saints and you, my brethren, to pray to. the Lord our God for me.

People. Almighty God have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness; and bring you to everlasting life.

People. I confess to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary, St. Thomas of Canterbury and all the Saints, and to you, my father, that I have sinned exceedingly by my fault, my own fault, my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beg Blessed Mary, St. Thomas, all the Saints and you, my father, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

Priest. .Almighty God have mercy upon you; pardon and deliver you from all your sins; confirm and strengthen you in all goodness i and bring you to everlasting life.

THE COLLECT FOR PURITY.

Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love Thee, and worthily magnify Thy Holy Name, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

KYRIE ELEISON.

Priest. Kyrie Eleison.
People. Kyrie Eleison.
Priest. Kyrie Eleison.
People. Christe Eleison.
Priest. Christe Eleison.
People. Christe Eleison.
Priest. Kyrie Eleison.
People. Kyrie Eleison.
Priest. Kyrie Eleison.

Here may follow

THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS.

Glory be to God on high, and in earth peace, good will towards men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord; Thou only, a Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Remain standing for

THE COLLECT.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Let us pray.

Strengthen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful servants, that they, ardently withstanding the Empires of this world, may rejoice in the comradeship of Thy Kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

The following Collect may also be said.

O God, whose glory the heavens declare and whose handiwork the firmament sheweth, grant, we beseech Thee, that all the workers of the world may be emancipated from the dominion of mammon and that all labour and craftsmanship may be established in justice and become a work, of ministry in Thy Kingdom of grace; through Jesus Christ. Thy Son, our Lord who, liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Sit for

THE EPISTLE

One of the following --
James 5, 1-11; Isaiah 26, 1-9; Haggai2,4b-7a;
Isaiah 65,17-22; 1 John 3,13-18; Romans 8,14-21.

GRADUAL. .

People: For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
Priest He hath put down the mighty from their seats and hath exalted the humble and meek.
People: For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. Alleluia.
Priest He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.
People. Alleluia.

Sequence hymn on the Great Festivals. This can be chosen as needed.

THE GOSPEL.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.

One of the following :--
Luke 4, 17-19; Luke 6, 20-26; Matthew 10, 28-39; Matthew, 6, 24-33.

THE CREED

I believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By Whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made Man, and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the prophets. And I believe in one Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come. Amen.

OFFERTORY.

As this bread was once scattered upon the mountains and being gathered together became one, so shall the nations be gathered together from the ends of the world into Thy Kingdom.

BIDDING TO PRAYER.

Priest Brethren, let us pray that this our . sacrifice may be acceptable to the Lord our God, for the Catholic Crusade and its servants . . . .for all who are suffering for righteousness sake, for the souls of all who have given their lives for Holy Justice, and for the whole estate of Christ's Church and the speedy coming of His Kingdom.

People May the Lord hear us in this day of battle and remember all our offerings.

The people may remain standing until the bell rings for the Sanctus.

THE CHURCH MILITANT.

Almighty and everliving God, who by Thy holy Apostle hast taught us to make prayers, and supplications, and to give thanks, for all men; We humbly beseech Thee most mercifully to accept our alms and oblations, and to receive these our prayers, which we offer unto Thy Divine Majesty; beseeching Thee to inspire continually the universal Church with the spirit of truth, unity, and concord: and grant that all they that do confess Thy holy Name may agree in the truth of Thy holy Word, and live in unity and godly love. We beseech Thee also to save and defend all Christian Kings, Princes, and Governors; and specially Thy servant . . . that under him we may be godly and quietly governed: and grant unto his whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently minister justice, to the punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of Thy true religion and virtue. Give grace, O heavenly Father, to all Bishops and Curates, that they may both by their life and doctrine set forth thy true and lively word, and rightly and duly adminster thy holy Sacraments: And to all Thy people give Thy heavenly grace; and especially to this congregation here present; that, with meek heart and due reverence, they may hear and receive Thy holy word; truly serving thee in holiness and righteousness all the days of their life. And we most humbly beseech Thee of Thy goodness, O Lord, to comfort and succour all them, who in this transitory life are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity. We commend to Thy Mercy, O Lord, the souls of the faithful, that being purged from all their sins they may rest in thine everlasting peace. And we also bless Thy holy Name for the blessed and most glorious Virgin Mary and for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear; beseeching Thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of Thy heavenly kngdom: Grant this, O Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

THE CANON.

SURSUM CORDA.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Lift up your hearts.
People. We lift them up unto the Lord.
Priest. Let us give thanks unto our Lord God.
People. It is meet and right so to do.

PREFACE.

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty Everlasting God, who in the righteousness of Thy Saints hast given us an example of godly living, and in their blessedness a glorious pledge of the hope of our calling,. that being compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses we also with patience may run the race that is set before us, and with them receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away: Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify Thy glorious Name; evermore praising Thee, and saying,

SANCTUS. ,

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of Thy glory: Glory be to Thee, O Lord most High.

CONSECRATION.

AlI glory be to Thee, Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by His one oblation of Himself once offered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in His holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that His precious death, until His coming again. Hear us, O merciful Father. we most humbly beseech Thee; and with Thy Holy Spirit and Word vouchsafe to bless and sanctify these Thy creatures of bread and wine, that they may be unto us the Body and Blood of Thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ; Who, in the same night that He was betrayed, took Bread; and, when He had given thanks, He brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my Body which i is given for you: Do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper He took the Cup; and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of Me. Wherefore, O Lord and Heavenly Father, according to the institution of Thy dearly beloved Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, we Thy humble servants do celebrate and make here before Thy Divine Majesty, with these Thy holy gifts. the memorial which Thy son hath willed us to make, having in remembrance His wondrous Incarnation, Life and Passion, His mighty Resurrection and glorious Ascension, and looking for the coming of His Kingdom; entirely desiring Thy Fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, most humbly beseeching Thee to grant that by the merits and death of Thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in His blood, we and all Thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of His passion. And here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto Thee; humbly beseeching Thee, that all we, who are partakers of this holy Communion, may be fulfilled with Thy grace and heavenly benediction. And although we be unworthy, through our manifold sins, to offer unto Thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech Thee to accept this our bounden duty and service; not weighing our merits, but pardoning our offences, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O Father Almighty, world without end. Amen.

LET US PRAY. As our Saviour Christ hath commanded and taught us we are bold to say --

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done: in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our.trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation;

People. But deliver us from evil.

Priest: Deliver us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, an to come, and at the pleading of the blessed and most glorious Virgin Mary, Thy Holy apostles Peter and Paul, Thomas of Canterbury and all Thy Saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that by the help of Thy loving kindness we may be set free from sin and safe from all disquiet; through the same Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE FRACTION.

Priest. The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People. And with thy spirit. AGNUS DEI Priest. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world.
People. Have mercy upon us.
Priest. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world.
People. Have mercy upon us.
Priest. O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world.
People.Grant us Thy peace.

May this mingling and hallowing of the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ be unto us who receive it, health of mind and body unto life eternal.

THE PRAYER OF HUMBLE ACCESS.

We do not presume to come to this Thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Thy Table. But Thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink His Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His Body, and our souls washed through His most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.

THE COMMUNION.

He that findeth his soul shall lose it: and he that loseth his soul for my sake shall find it.

or

He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.

POST COMMUNION,

Priest.. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.

LET US PRAY.

O God, who in the fellowship of this Holy meal, hast given us a foretaste of Thy Commonwealth, grant us so to hunger and thirst after justice that we may rejoice in its fullness on earth as in heaven: through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Priest. The Lord be with you.
People. And with thy spirit.
Priest. Let us bless the Lord.
People. Thanks be to God.

THE BLESSING.

The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.


DEVOTIONS AFTER MASS.

THE DIVINE PRAISES.

  1. Blessed be God.
  2. Blessed be His Holy Name.
  3. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
  4. Blessed be Jesus in the Fellowship of the Mass.
  5. Blessed be His Kingdom of Justice and Comradeship.
  6. Blessed be the Holy Spirit giving grace and courage.
  7. Blessed be the Holy Mother of God, Mary of Galilee. .
  8. Blessed be Mary in her longing for justice.
  9. Blessed be those who suffer for righteous- ness sake.
  10. Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.
  11. Blessed be God in the hearts of H is people.
  12. Blessed be God.

Lord Jesus our Leader, we give ourselves to Thee for the Cause of Thy Glorious Kingdom: for joy or for sorrow, for success or for failure, for life or for death, now and for evermore. Amen.

Here the Angelus may be said. V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

V Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with .thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it unto me according to Thy word.

V Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with .thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.

V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

V Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with .thee, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.

V. Pray for us, 0 holy Mother of God.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY.

Pour forth we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy Grace into our hearts. that we, to whom the Incarnation of Thy Son, Jesus Christ was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Cross and Passion be brought to the glory of His Resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


DEVOTIONS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.

O saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heaven to man below,
Our foes press hard on every side,
Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow

All praise and thanks to Thee ascend,
For evermore, Blest One in Three.
Oh, grant us life that shall not end,
In our true native land with Thee.

V. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren.
R. Ye have done it unto me.

O Lord our Redeemer Who was born in the outhouse of a Tavern and Who worked as a Carpenter in Galilee, Who tasted the bitterness of poverty -- a Comrade of publicans and sinners; outlawed by the rulers of the .world Thou madest Thy home with the outcasts and wast dragged down. defeated and destroyed. Thou endurest the outrages of those who crucify Thee in all ages and aIl lands. Thou endurest the profanities of those .who deny Thee or deride Thee in the blessed Sacrament. Thou endurest neglect and scorn when Thou comest to us in the person of the hungry and thirsty, the outcast and the foreigner, the naked and the prisoner. Accept, we beseech Thee, unworthy as we are to be Thy soldiers, our offering of sorrow and indignation for all the dishonours that are heaped upon Thee daily; and inspire us with Thy holy justice, that there may be kindled in us and our fellows the flames that will purge the Empires of this world, that with Thee we may build, on their ruins, Thy Commonwealth, bidding all men enter and rejoice in the life which is eternal. Amen.

Therefore we before him bending,
This great sacrament revere;
Types and shadows have their ending,
But the newer rite is here;
Faith, our outward sense befriending,
Makes the inward vision clear.

Glory let us give, and blessing,
To the Father and the Son;
Honour, might and praise addressing,
While eternal ages run;
Ever too His love confessing,
Who, from Both with Both is one.

V. Thou gavest them Bread from heaven.
R. Which giveth Life unto the world.

LET US PRAY.

O God, who in the fellowship of Thy Holy Meal hast given us a foretaste of Thy Commonwealth, grant us so to hunger and thirst after justice that we may rejoice in its fulness on earth as in heaven: through Jesus Christ Thy Son Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

SILENCE.

Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum sacramentum. (We adore for ever the most Holy Sacrament.)

Praise the Lord all ye nations; Praise him all ye peoples.
For his merciful kindness isever more and more towards us
And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.
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.

Laudate Dominum,omnes gentes Laudate eum omnes populi
Quoniam confirmata est, super nos misericordia eius
Et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum sacramentum.

Lord Jesus our leader, we give ourselves to Thee, for the cause of Thy Glorious Kingdom, for joy or for sorrow, for success or for failure, for life or for death, now and for evermore. Amen.

Here may be said the SALVE REGINA or the HAIL MARY.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

LET US PRAY.

God, Who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful people, by the sending to them the light of Thy Holy Spirit; Grant us by the same Spirit to havea right judgment in all things and to adventure in heart and mind where-ever thou dost lead; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the same spirit, ever one God, world wiithout end. Amen.

May the divine assistance remain with us always; and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


THE CRUSADERS' PRAYER.

Strengthen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful servants; that they, ardently withstanding the Empires of this world, may rejoice in the comrndeship of Thy Kingdom: through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.


FORM OF ADMISSION TO THE NOVITIATE.

AT THE OFFERTORY.

The comrade kneels at the Altar rail.

Priest. Do you offer yourself as Novice of the Catholic Crusade?
Comrade. I do.

Priest. We admit you . . . . as Novice of the Catholic Crusade in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
People. Amen.

Priest. (lays his right hand on the head of the Novice.)
May the hope of the Crusade inspire you, and the fellowship of the Crusade encourage you in tile battle for Christ's Kingdom; and may the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be upon you and remain with you always.
People. Amen.


FORM OF ADMISSION TO MEMBERSHIP.

AT THE OFFERTORY.

The novice stands at the gospel side of the Altar, facing south with left hand on the Altar.

Priest. Do you offer yourself as member and servant of the Catholic Crusade?
Novice. I do.

Priest. Will you accept the godly discipline of the Crusade?
Novice. I will, God being my helper.

(The Novice kneels, takes the sword in the right hand, holds it pointing upwards, kisses the blade, and hands it back to the priest.)

Priest. (laying the sword on the shoulder of the novice). We admit you . . . . as member of the Catholic Crusade in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. In the might of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ shed for Holy Justice from the foundation of the world, arise, and may God bless you and give you grace and courage to maintain His cause.
People. Amen.


THE ROSARY OF THE REDEMPTION.

If desired this can be used as a meditation without using a rosary.

ON THE CROSS.
I believe in God the Father, Who hath made me and all the world.
I believe in God the Son, who hath redeemed me and all mankind.
I believe in God the Holy Ghost Who sanctifleth me, and all the elect people of God.
Our Father.
Three Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES.

I. THE ANNUNCIATION.
Let us praise God for the prophets and martyrs of all nations; and especially of the Jewish nation, who have lived for God and for the freedom of the People: for Mary, the patriot maiden of Galilee" and the Mother of Mankind; whose eager heart, aflame with justice, drew God down out of His Heaven to redeem the race.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

II, THE VISITATION.
Let us praise God that Mary went with haste to the hill country of Judrea, to share the glad news with her cousin, Elizabeth, and to the faithful remnant who were eagerly expecting the redemption of Israel, Let us praise God for Elizabeth's joyful greeting, "Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb," Let us praise God for Mary's expectation of her Son's victory: "He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,"
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

III. THE BIRTH.
Let us praise God, Who became human that man might become divine: Who took our flesh upon Him, that He might save all flesh. Let us praise God as the Author of all things: Maker of the sense of colour, which delights in beauty; of the sense of smell, which rejoices in roses and incense; of the sense of hearing, whch responds to poetry and music; of the sense of justice, which drives men to rebellion and rejoices in equality. Let us praise Him for our bodily senses, and pray that we may keep them in the bonds and balance of temperance.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

IV. THE PRESENTATION.
Let us praise God for the acceptance of the Holy Child in the Temple, as the light to lighten the Nations and the glory of Israel.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

V. THE FINDING IN THE TEMPLE.
Let us praise God for the spirit of adventure shown by the boy, Jesus, in the Temple. Let us praise God for Mary; who, when she had found him understood and treasured His adventure in her heart.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

By the mystery of Thy Holy Incarnation, may we claim, as heritage for all mankind, those outward conditions which give good soil for the growth of vigourous will, alert mind, and healthy body: and may the people be stirred with that hunger for justice, which will secure their being filled with the eternal things, .and with such a measure of the temporal things as is needful.

Lord Jesus, our Leader, we give ourselves to Thee, for the cause of Thy Glorious Kingdom; for joy or for sorrow, for success or for failure, for life or for death, now and for evermore. Amen.

V. The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence:
R. And the violent take it by force.

LET US PRAY

Strengthen, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful servants; that they, ardently withstanding the empires of this world, may rejoice in the comradeship of Thy Kingdom: through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

THE SOLEMN MYSTERIES.

I. THE BAPTISM OF JOHN.
Let us praise God for the preaching of John; the axe of repentance laid to the root of the national tree; the turning in horror from injustice, self-satisfaction and corruption, for the cleansing waters, as outward sign of that entire change of outlook. Let us praise God that Jesus our Saviour proclaimed righteousness as a law written in the very hearts and impulses of mankind.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

II. THE FIRST TEMPTATION.
Let us think of Our Lord, exhausted by hunger, fighting down the temptation to bring about His Commonwealth by turning the desert places of Palestine into fields of corn; by giving food to the starving peoples of the world, while their stony hearts were starving by their neglect of every word of Justice and Charity which had proceeded through the prophets. out of the mouth of God.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

III. THE SECOND TEMlPTATION.
Let us think how our Lord, believing that His people might be converted; and might, in fellowship, turn their deserts into cornfields, only to find the greed of the conquering Empire devouring all their produce; fought the temptation to fling Himself and an armed nation down against the might of the Imperial forces; demanding the help of God's legion of angels to turn mad suicide into victory and rejecting God, if God should refuse to help.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

IV. THE THIRD TEMPTATION.
Let us think how our Lord fought down the temptation to win the Empire by insincerity and worldliness, by climbing to its throne, and becoming a benevolent despot of the whole world, and so forcing goodness on unwilling nations. Let us think of the worldliness, the cruelty, the insincerity, the falling down and worshipping of the "father of lies" involved in this. Let us praise God for the reply, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

V. THE DEFEAT.
Let us think of the early success of the Gospel in Galilee; of the gathering opposition; of the withdrawal of the Lord, with His friends; of their response to Him; of their march upon Jerusalem, and of His triumphant entry as King. Let us think of the determination of the governing classes to destroy Him; and of the danger from within the little band of friends, in spite of their love of Him and His justice, corrupted by their longing for an Imperial Messiah; betraying and forsaking Him, when He disappointed their worldly ambitions. Let us think of His agony, defeat, and death. Let us think of Him exposed to derision, dull stupidity and hatred; a criminal nailed up on a tree; a failure. Not a victor over all men's lives; but a victim, rejected by all, cast out of men's hearts and out of God's care. .."and yet, I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me."
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

By thy Baptism, Fasting and Temptation: By thine Agony and Bloody Sweat: By thy Cross and Passion: By thy Precious Death and Burial: Good Lord, deliver us from the ways of the world, the flesh, and the devil; that we may preach Thy gospel in sincerity and truth.

Lord Jesus, our Leader.

The Crusaders' Prayer.

THE GLORIOUS MYSTERIES.

I. THE RESURRECTION.
Let us think of our Lord, through death, entering into His glory, and winning that glory for all mankind; rising from the dead, no mere bodiless ghost, but with body, mind and spirit transformed.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

II. THE ASCENSION.
Let us think of our Lord, ascending, not into some far off spirit land, but into the heart of the conflict, into the very might of the Godhead; that He might fill all things with His presence, creating out of the old and tired human race, a New Race.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

III. THE COMING OF THE HOLY GHOST.
Let us praise God for the little band in the Upper Room, out of weakness made strong, assembled in glad expectation of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, rising from despair and death into the newness of life. Let us think of the Spirit coming upon them; filling then with courage and gladness; making them of one heart and of one soul, having all things in common; and scattering the good news among the crowds in the Holy City, and to the furthest ends of the earth. .
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

IV, THE FIRSTFRUITS.
Let us remember Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of Mankind; whose heart was pierced with the sword as she stood by the Cross at the end; Mary, whose sorrow was turned into joy, as the desires of her Magnificat were fulfilled. Let us praise God for her exaltation in heaven, for the Queenly service of mankind.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

V. THE WAR IN HEAVEN.
Let us praise God for the Saints and Martyrs, our leaders in the Holy War; risen from the death of sin to the life of righteousness: and for all risings of the people, who have mingled heaven and earth that they may hasten the coming of God's Kingdom.
Our Father.
Ten Hail Marys
Gloria.
} or Silence

By Thy glorious Resurrection and Ascension, and by the coming of the Holy Ghost; grant that we may rise out of our dead selves to serve the living God.

Lord Jesus, our Leader (or Salve Regina).

The Crusaders' Prayer.


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