UPDATE 23 July 2020:
Originally posted 22 July 2020
The Turkish government has transformed Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest CHURCHES in what was once upon a long-lost time known as Christendom, into mosque.
The Greek Orthodox Church is not happy. The US bishops want to show solidarity. So they tweeted.
The @goarch is inviting all Christians and people of goodwill to join in a Day of Mourning on July 24 for #HagiaSophia. They have asked that every Church toll its bells, every flag be raised to half-mast and that the Akathist Hymn is chanted or the rosary recited in the evening. pic.twitter.com/ib6R3wDiWQ
— U.S. Catholic Bishops (@USCCB) July 21, 2020
How about this? How about every US bishop get down on his knees before the altar in his cathedral church, live streamed, and – for a fortnight – recite
Pius XI’s Leo XIII’s 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 Thine altar. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united to Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates ourselves 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 children, 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, and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that 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, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy towards the children of the 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. R. Amen.
Idolatry and Islamism.
I am reminded of two things that happened in the Vatican Gardens.
Remember the prayer session with Muslims by the “Peace Tree” planted in the Vatican gardens in 2014 when the imam read the passage from the Koran that claimed Vatican City for Allah?
Remember in October 2019 the horrific idolatrous rite to Pachamama, involving another tree planted in the Vatican gardens? And the ritual bowl for demonic Pachamama was placed on St. Peter’s altar at closing Mass of the Amazon Synod (“walking together”)?
Maybe the US bishops would do better to aim their prayers at another of the greatest churches built in long-lost Christendom.
Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism, and refuse not to draw them into the light and kingdom of God.
When I originally posted this, I wrote that the prayer was composed by Pius XI. It was, in fact, from the pen of Leo XIII and was in his 1899 encyclical Annum sacrum. In his turn, Pius IX issued in 1928, in his encyclical Miserentissimus Deus, an Act of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart. However, St Pius X had commanded that Leo XIII’s prayer be recited yearly on the last Sunday of October. When Pius XI made the last Sunday of October into the Feast of Christ the King, in his encyclical of 1925, Quas Primas, Papa Ratti further commanded that Leo’s prayer be renewed on the Feast of Christ the King. Hence, Pius XI, as well as Pius X, adopted Leo XIII’s prayer for themselves. And, waaaay back in 2009, I made a PODCAzT about Leo’s Annum sacrum and this prayer!