Through the hatred of Modernism . . .
A good friend of this blog has passed on to me something sure to cheer the hearts of our loyal readers: a prayer, in English and Latin, for advancing the cause of Raphael Cardinal Merry del Val. For those of you unfamiliar with this great man, Cardinal Merry del Val was Secretary of State to Pope St. Pius X. This is not the first time (see here and here) he has received posthumous praise on this blog, though this is the first time that we can credit another traditionalist, Fr. Chad Ripperger, FSSP, with bringing honor to this saintly soul. Not only did Fr. Ripperger write this prayer, but he also had it approved by His Excellency, Fabian Bruskewitz. (As a sidenote, this would be a good place to say that if this rumor is true, we here at Cornell would throw a party only somewhat smaller than the one we'd throw for a universal indult.)
Here it is:
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriam tuam manifestas per humilitatem, et exemplum integritatis religionis, per odium modernismi et per castigationem mortificationemque carnis servi tui Raphaelis Merry del Val, praesta, quaesumus, si conforme voluntati tuae sit, ut eum intercessione eius in terra glorifices per beneficium ............ quod ferventer imploramus per Cor Sacratissimum pro gloria tua et gloria Matris Mariae doloris quam piissime diligebat. Amen.
Credo. Pater Noster. 7 Ave Maria.
Almighty everlasting God, Who manifests Thy glory through the humility, example of integrity of religion, the hatred of the heresy of modernism, and by the castigation and mortification of the flesh of Thine servant Raphael Merry Del Val, grant, we beseech Thee, if it be in conformity with Thy Will, that Thou may glorify him on earth through his intercession by the favor of ............ which we fervently implore through Thy Sacred Heart for Thy glory and the glory of Mary the Sorrowful Mother, whom he devoutly loved. Amen.
Creed. Our Father. 7 Hail Marys.
And no less than 7 Ave's attached to this prayer! That's classy. Truly, there has to be something a little bit different about Merry del Val: how many Cardinals have prayers, written by them, even ejaculatory prayers, which appear in the Raccolta? Gems such as these:
"O merciful Lord, Thou art never weary of speaking to my poor heart; grant me grace that, if today I hear Thy voice, my heart may not be hardened." (An indulgence of 300 days, June 8, 1949.)
"Lord, I am nothing, but, although nothing, I adore Thee." (An indulgence of 300 days, June 8, 1949.)
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