Feast of Corpus Christi 2014

  To the members of the Court of Saint Mary of Walsingham, greetings and Apostolic Blessings on this Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the year of our Lord 2014. On this day around the world the faithful are privileged to ex-perience the living Body of Christ through the Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacred Benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament. This ceremonial procession is an archetype for the service promoted by our See. In the procession, we take the Body of Christ out into the world for all to see as we proclaim our faith. The service of the Patriarchate of Saint Stephen must always be in a like manner. It must flow from the Sacrifice on the Altar of God such that when we go out into the world to serve, Christ Himself comes with us. It must be a testament to God and to the Holy Faith. To serve in this way requires great humility. It re-quires the traits of selflessness, trustworthiness, devotion, and loyalty; steadfastness against adversity, valiance against enemies, and compassion to all in need. In short, it requires good character. We in this See require that all who would serve under our banner pass stringent tests of this character and undergo a formation process to help them to be worthy of what will be freely bestowed. This formation process is not temporary. It continues even after ordination to the priesthood, for we must be engaged in a lifelong process of learning and self-betterment for the sake of the Kingdom of God and of the Church. There are many schismatics who have robbed the Holy Church of the gifts of the Spirit and bestow them through countless illicit ordinations on those who have barely completed any formation, if they have completed any at all. Some seek this for reasons of ego. In either case, how can such persons carry the Sacrifice of Christ into the world?

  The Stephenian Patriarchate is blessed to have a solid foundation of loyal clerics who are true Catholic clerics. Our special privileges of administrative autonomy from the Roman Communion are never a license for deviation from the true Catholic Faith. We are ever faithful to the eternal Magisterium of Rome and the eternal One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church. We remain ever faithful to the doctrine and traditions of the true and eternal Catholic Church, which is in part our sacred duty to maintain, along with the ancient patrimony of the English Church and the traditions of the Holy Roman Empire.

  On this Feast of Corpus Christi, let us truly bless the Lord and bow in humility before the presence of His Most Holy Body and Blood! Let this serve as an annual renewal of our mandate of mission, service, and loyalty. And may the blessing of Almighty God, the Father +, Son+, and Holy + Ghost, be upon you and remain with you always. R. Amen.

 

 

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