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I was struck again on Sunday morning while reading the Canons for Byzantine rite Matins how often in my life the words of the liturgy have reflected current events. The Epistle or Gospel for the day, the lessons at Matins, a hymn, etc. - it is just interesting how often it happens. Anyway, the following theotokion (a type of hymn to, or at least referencing, the Mother of God) struck me in light of the violence in Paris:

Octoechos, Sunday Tone 8, Canon of the Cross and Resurrection, Ode IX Theotokion Wrote:Bend Thy bow, prosper and reign, O Son of the Theotokos, subdue the people of Ishmael who war against us, and grant unto all orthodox Christians the Cross as an invincible weapon and a trophy of peace.

The "people of Ishmael," of course, are the Arabs, who trace their descent from the son of Hagar.
Maybe God is trying to tell us something...
CaptCrunch73 Wrote:It's an interesting point Aquinas. Something that strikes me in a similar manner is the Consecration of the Human Race prayer in the Hour of Reparation prayers. That prayer also demonstrates how as Catholics we should pray for the prodigals, Muslims, Jews and non-Catholic Christians to come to the true faith.

Doesn't it seem ironic that Catholics no long pray this prayer because they it is considered offensive; yet now Catholics are being ridiculed and slaughtered by those same people they no longer prayer for....

Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thy altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

  Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father's house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

  Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

  Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people: of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

  Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.

    Saint Andrew Daily Missal, p. 1906, Indulgence of 300 days each time it is said. On the feast of Christ the King and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, when solemnly read with the Litany of the Sacred Heart before the Blessed Sacrament exposed one can gain 7 years indulgence and 7 quarantines, and a plenary indulgence supposing Confession and Holy Communion. The Act of Reparation below carries the same indulgence but only on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. This is the official text first composed by Father Ladislaus, SS.CC., and approved by His Holiness Pope Saint Pius X at the request of the Procurator General of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts by Rescript of May 19, 1908. It was made obligatory to gain the indulgences of an Enthronement by a decision of the Sacred Penitentiary on March 1, 1918. [A.A.8. April 1, 1918, II. 154.]
That's cool! Though there probably there was rarely a time when this prayer didn't apply.
I also thought about this Sunday, when in the Gradual we prayed “You saved us, O Lord, from our foes, and those who hated us You put to shame.”
Of course, as that muslim thing was in my mind I probably just interpreted it in a way I wouldn't normally.
(11-17-2015, 08:53 AM)Renatus Frater Wrote: [ -> ]That's cool! Though there probably there was rarely a time when this prayer didn't apply.
I also thought about this Sunday, when in the Gradual we prayed “You saved us, O Lord, from our foes, and those who hated us You put to shame.”
Of course, as that muslim thing was in my mind I probably just interpreted it in a way I wouldn't normally.

Yeah, that's sadly true. Lord, have mercy!