Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Patriarchal Allocution - Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 2020

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 8 September 2020 (ORCNS) -- The Archfather d. Rutherford I gave his annual allocution on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His High-Eminence addressed topics including political discord and the importance of Christ above all nations. The video of the allocution is below, followed by the transcript. 



Da Firenze-Nuova Roma ai Cristifedeli di tutto il mondo, ed ai membri della Corte di Santa Maria di Walsingham, grazia, pace, e la nostra benedizione Apostolica in questa festa gioiosa della Natività della Beata Vergine Maria. This day we celebrate the birth of the New Eve by whose obedience Christ was able to be born into the world for the salvation of mankind. Our Lady was immaculately conceived, yet had free will and was under no obligation to become the Mother of God. Yet when the angel appeared to her, she said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy will – and she accepted the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. We, each of us, likewise have a choice. We can accept God, or we can reject Him. Indeed, this is a choice we must make constantly throughout our lives in all that we do. It is easy to fall away from the faith under the influences of the world, and so we must pray for conversion on a regular basis and seek the help and intervention of the Blessed Virgin. Remember the benefits to mankind from the obedience of Our Lady whose birth we joyfully celebrate this day. The decisions we face in life, though, are rarely easy, but they are simple at their core. Questions are not black and white, but right and wrong, by which is meant “of God” and “not of God.”

In the 2000 years since the Incarnation of Christ, Our Lord seems not to have penetrated the hearts of mankind, for the world seeks constantly to abandon the ways of Christ and instead seeks other ends. When God comes to people, instead of following the example of Our Lady, far too often the invitation is rejected.

Carissimi, è necessario cercare nostro Signore, cercare Cristo in tutto per sempre. Se non lo cerchiamo, certo perderemo la nostra via; perderemo la via corretta di Dio. Dobbiamo sapere e capire che quella via, la via di Dio, è veramente l’unica via. We must search for our Lord, search for Christ in everything always. If we do not search for Him, we will certainly lose our way; we will lose the right path of God. We must know and understand that that way, the way of God, is the only way. Forse pensate che non sia facile, ma abbiamo la sacra liturgia ed i sacramenti della Santa Chiesa, la sposa di Cristo, per aiutarci. Perhaps you think it is not easy, but we have the sacred liturgy and the sacraments of the Holy Church, the bride of Christ, to help us. 

Today in the world there is much political upheaval and discord. This is nothing new in history. Mankind, being naturally oriented towards religion, will find something new if religion itself is abandoned. This we see in many countries today. For example, Europe is abandoning its sacred heritage, and the identity politics seen in the United States have largely replaced mainstream Protestantism that was so common, and thus is ultimately the same religion in a new package – only without God except for occasionally some warped version of God that somehow favours only one political party or viewpoint. We must caution, therefore, the Christian faithful not to make political decisions, including one’s own vote, according to political or other identity, but according only to the laws of God and the precepts of his Holy Church. Similarly, we must caution against too much identity with political parties and organisations at all, for they all too easily can insidiously replace one’s identity as a Christian or cause one’s Christian faith to be warped to fit the whims of politics. More than that, too much identification with political parties and even with national identity under the guise of patriotism, can tear away at one’s soul, pitting people against each other, breeding division where there should be unity in Christ.

Pues Dios no dice que una nación es mejor de todos los otros países. Pensais que la frontera sea una división májica o sagrada, y la gente aquí sea buena, pero la gente allá sea mal? Dijimos que no. De ningúna manera. Todos son hermanos en Cristo, pero los países vienen y se van. Solo la iglesia de Cristo es por siempre y para siempre. God does not say that one nation is better than all other countries. Do you think that the border is a magical or sacred division, and the people here are good, but the people there are bad? We say absolutely not. All are brothers and sisters in Christ, but the nations, they come and go. Only the Church of Christ is of all time and remains forever. Indeed, just as socialism and communism are opposed to and incompatible with the Christian faith, so too is nationalism. Our loyalty must first and foremost always be to God. If we are with God, He will be with us, and then who can stand against us? 

Now, prepare yourselves to receive God’s blessing.

Et benedictio Dei omnipotentis, + Patris, et + Filii, et Spiritus + Sancti descendat super vos et maneat semper. R. Amen.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Legion of the Eagle Consecrated to Christ

Jean DuBois

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 7 September 2020 (ORCNS) -- The Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle, the senior-most religious and dynastic order of the Anglican Patriarchate, was formally consecrated to Our Lord Jesus Christ on 5 September by His High-Eminence the Archfather Rutherford I. The consecration was formalised in a Patriarchal Constitution entitled "Praeclarissima Legio Aquilae." 

The dedication to Christ has always been a part of the Legion, which is the Christian successor to the IX Spanish Legion, founded by Julius Caesar. The eagle itself represents the divine victory of Christ. The consecration simply formalises this long-standing devotion. As a result, the Feast of Corpus Christi has been declared the principal feast of the Legion. The Feast of the Sacred Heart was also added as an official feast day, along with the already-existing feast of St. Patrick, Bishop and Confessor. 

Also as a result of this consecration, the Legion was granted the augmentation "of Christ" to its name. Thus, though "Legion of the Eagle" remains correct, its full name is the Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle of Christ. 

Additionally, three forms of additional neck insignia were approved for the Legion for Companions who hold other specific rare honours of the patriarchate. These are:

1. The Legion of the Eagle with Merit and Service Cross: Companions of Justice or of Honour who also are Members of the Order of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham and Companions Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order. This consists of the cross of the Order of Merit, which contains within it the "Lesser Eagle" of the Legion, pendant from the blue stone of the Legion of the Eagle, pendant from the cluster of the Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order. 

2. The Legion of the Eagle with Service Cross: Companions of Justice or of Honour who also are Companions Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order. This consists of the cross of the Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order, which contains within it the "Lesser Eagle" of the Legion, pendant from the blue stone of the Legion of the Eagle, pendant from the cluster of the Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order. 

3. The Legion of the Eagle with Merit Cross: Companions of Justice or of Honour who also are Members of the Order of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham. This consists of the cross of the Order of Merit pendant from the blue stone of the Legion of the Eagle.

For more about the Legion of the Eagle, please see: http://www.regno.org/eagle.html

or in Italian, http://www.regno.org/aquila.html

Legion of the Eagle with Merit Cross

Legion of the Eagle with Service Cross

Legion of the Eagle with
Merit and Service Cross

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Archfather Celebrates Solemn Mass of great Florentine Saint Felipe Benizi

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 23 August 2020 (ORCNS) -- Earlier today H.H-Em. the Florentine Archfather celebrated a solemn mass in his private chapel for the great Florentine Saint Felipe Benizi. The Saint, born in Florence, was credited with reviving the Order of the Servites and was one of its superiors General. The cult of Saint Felipe Benizi was first recognised by Pope Leo X, founder of the legacy of the Anglican Patriarchate, in 1516 and was later canonised in 1671 by Pope Clement X.

H.H-Em. the Archfather celebrates the solemn mass
of Saint Felipe Benizi using the complete
solemn Patriarchal vestments.

The offering during the Holy Mass. 

Hospice Chaplain Ordained Lector, Exorcist, Acolyte, and Sub-Deacon

 FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 23 August 2020 (ORCNS) -- The Reverend Brother Elliott Francis, TOR Mar was ordained to the minor orders of Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte and further to the Sub-Diaconate yesterday. The rites were officiated by H.H-Em. the Archfather and took place in his private chapel. Brother Elliott is a hospice chaplain and continues with his studies towards the priesthood. He also holds the office of Guardaroba (Wardrobe Master) of the Patriarchal Household and is a veteran of the US Army. 

In the Anglo-Roman Rite used by the Anglican Patriarchate (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church), the ordination to the orders of Lector and Exorcist involve the laying on of a single hand by the ordaining bishop while imposing the Breviary and a book containing the rites of Exorcism respectively. The ordination to the order of Acolyte involves the laying on of both hands while the ordinand holds an unlit candle in the right hand and an empty cruet in the left. Each object imposed signifies the nature of the ministry of the particular order. 

At the ordination to the sub-diaconate, the first Holy Order that serves directly at the altar in the Holy Mass, both hands are laid on by the ordaining bishop, invoking the Holy Spirit. The new sub-deacon receives the amice, alb, maniple, and tunicle, the vestments of the sub-diaconate. The Book of Epistles is also imposed, signifying the right to read the Epistle at the mass. After the ritual, a chalice and paten are presented for the new sub-deacon to touch, signifying his ability to hold the Sacred Vessels. Similarly he is presented two cruets, one with wine and the other with water, and a lavabo basin and towel to touch in further symbolism of the role of the sub-diaconate. 

The Archfather ordains Brother Elliott as an Acolyte.

The Archfather imposes the Book Epistles during the
rites of ordination to the sub-diaconate. Brother Elliott
is vested in the tunicle and maniple,
the vestments of a sub-deacon. 

The Archfather and Brother Elliott after the ordination.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Statement of Archfather Don Rutherford I on the Murder of Cannon Hinnant

FLORENCE-NEW ROME 16 August 2020 (ORCNS) - 

Statement of Archfather Don Rutherford I on the Murder of Cannon Hinnant

The recent murder of a North Carolina child Cannon Hinnant is truly a sand crying out to heaven for vengeance! While recent tragic events resulted in widespread rioting and violence, as well as intense media coverage, We are saddened and concerned by the comparative media silence on this murder that likewise is indicative of the systemic racism in the United States. Indeed, America and the world grow weary of the unjust violence and riots that abound. Just as extremists hijack religion in weak attempts to justify acts of psychopaths, so too, do leftists hijack notions of justice and free speech to advance their criminal cause. Yet, when their family, their business, their job, and their freedom are suffering, and when it fits their narrative, suddenly they find reason for outrage. Social justice – authentic social justice – is not one-sided and does not fuel agendas, but is in reality about respect for life and the condition of one’s fellow man. 

Undermining society by pitting neighbor against neighbor is the calling card of the Adversary. The Devil thrives in angst of anarchists; his blood flows freely through the veins of those who seek to spread and instill confusion. His dark heart sings out through fake facts, fake acts, false prophets, and popular politicians. He calls his own opinion truth and seeks to silence all other opinions. Lies become packaged as truth, and belief in those lies as truth becomes forced upon others. 

The Adversary now calls upon each of you. He is the one who expresses outrage to substitute one form of prejudice for another while calling it justice. 

He is the rich fellow who will bend a knee but will not bend his back to help anyone. 

He is the voice convincing young people that acts of wrong can magically make you right. 

He is the one who hires hypocrites to ignore why, as the Holy Church has been proclaiming for 2000 years, All Lives Matter. 

Yes, the Adversary thrives whenever anyone blindly follows angry vendettas no matter what the cause. 

And he grows stronger the longer fools are willing to bleed for him. 

No, we cannot expect the senseless to act sensibly. 

We cannot expect right to emerge from constant wrong. 

We cannot demand that others behave better than we. 

We cannot live in the future if we cannot learn from the past. 

We cannot be forgiven if we cannot forgive. 

We cannot selectively focus only on the things that matter only to us. 

Rather, we must be mature enough to focus on the greater good—the best thing, the best result for everyone. 

Yes, must never shirk our duty to stand in the face of wrong, to stand up for what is right. But we must be right ourselves to stand on any moral high ground. 

And that takes a great deal of soul-searching, and prayer, and a lot of adults in the room willing to discipline unruly children. 

Let us pray for the repose of the soul of Cannon Hinnant. Let us pray for the conversion of the hearts of mankind that we may all learn to live by the commandment of Our Lord to love our neighbour as ourselves. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Statement of Archfather Rutherford I on the Eve of the Assumption 2020


Statement of HH-Em. Archfather Don Rutherford I
on the Eve of the Feast of the Assumption 2020

Tomorrow, 15 August, we celebrate each year the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven. Although believed from the time of the early Church, this was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus

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The Assumption of Mary

The Assumption follows the dogma of the Blessed Virgin’s Immaculate Conception by which she was preserved free from original sin. It was that state that prepared her to be, if she so decided to be, the Mother of God. Our Lady, of course, did so consent upon the message of the Angel and accepted the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. It was through her free choice and obedience to the will of God that Our Lord and Saviour was able to come into this world, and thus the Word became Incarnate.

Tradition holds that Our Lady was assumed into Heaven from what is now known as the Holy House of Mary in Ephesus, Roman Empire, in modern-day Turkey. We had the privilege of making a pilgrimage last summer to the Holy House. 
Relic of the Holy Belt of Mary in the
care of the Anglican Patriarchate

Also, tradition holds, as depicted in many paintings, that Our Lady dropped her girdle down to one of the Apostles. This is called the Holy Belt of Mary. The Anglican Patriarchate counts among the most sacred objects entrusted to its care a piece of the Holy Belt, which came to us via the Byzantine Roman Empire. 
Archfather Rutherford during a 
pilgrimage to the Holy House
of Mary in Ephesus.

Indeed, long before the formal dogmatic definition by Pius XII in 1950, the glorious Assumption of Mary was a part of the Christian Faith. It was an official feast by the mid-ninth century when it was set by Pope Leo IV. St. Gregory of Tours is among the earliest church official to speak officially of the bodily Assumption of Mary. Scriptural evidence also exists. In the 8th century, Pope Sergius I also celebrated the feast. It was during that time that our Diaconal Church in Rome, Santa Maria Antiqua, was prominent and later used as the seat of the Bishop of Rome. Indeed, the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, located in the Roman Forum, contains the earliest-known still-intact depiction of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven. 

May our Lady on the Feast of the Assumption bestow her blessing upon each of you, that you may each be brought thereby closer to Our Lord and Saviour. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Statement of H.H-Em. Archfather Rutherford I on the Upcoming United States Presidential Election


Statement of H.H-Em. Archfather Don Rutherford I
on the Upcoming United States Presidential Election

The people of the United States are again at the time to elect a new President. Such decisions necessarily have a moral component, and faithful Christians must be guided first and foremost by their faith as they cast their ballot. This election in the United States raises many significant moral questions on indeed a global scale. Although the choice of president and other government officials of a particular country necessarily impacts that country and the people of that country, the size and wealth of the United States at present is such that its decisions and its actions influence much of the world. That is also true about a presidential election. Faithful Christians must bear in mind the influence of their vote for President on the people who live within the United States, and also all the people who live around the world, for we are indeed all united in Christ, no matter where we live.

This particular presidential election contains a significant number of grave moral issues. Those issues cannot be laid aside, and Christians place their very souls in peril for all eternity if they lay aside their Christian faith when casting a vote for president.

The Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for a candidate who supports, particularly openly and unapologetically, the grave mortal sin of abortion. The right to life is the most essential of all rights, for all other rights have is a necessary precondition to exercise them that one is alive. Furthermore, the Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for a candidate who does not respect the sovereignty of Our Holy Mother the Church, for that right comes not from the state, but from Almighty God. Additionally, the Christian faithful may not under any circumstances vote for candidate who espouses the principles of Marxism, whether in the form of communism or socialism, or who embraces and promotes secularism. Indeed, no Christian may vote for a candidate who espouses or promotes the sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance. 

It has often been asked what one should do if both major candidates are flawed on those and other major issues. Given that the American system is such that it is almost inevitable that one or the other of the major candidates will win, under the principle of proportionate reason, one should vote for the candidate who will do the least harm. Ultimately this becomes a matter of one’s personal conscience. It is always advisable to seek guidance from one’s personal spiritual advisor.

You will be held accountable for your actions, and that is certainly true regarding the upcoming United States presidential election. Those who shirk the duty entrusted to them remove themselves from the saving graces of the sacraments of Our Holy Mother the Church until such time as they are duly contrite and properly reconciled.

The responsibility is yours, and your actions have consequences, not only for yourself, but for other people. Elections must be used to help establish the peace and justice of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the land. That is the responsibility of the Christian faithful on the American election day, as well as each and every other day.