Monday, July 22, 2013

God Save the Soul of Britain!

Today the announcement came out: HRH the Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4:24 PM. The baby weights 8lbs 6oz.

First, I congratulate them. The birth of a baby is a beautiful thing. He is a gift from Our Blessed Lord. It is fantastic that the entire world never doubted the value of his life. It reveals cognitive dissonance on the part of those who defend abortion.

I also congratulate HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. Why? Firstly, she delivered a boy with her eldest, and it's apparently funny to the CNN folks because so many haven't. She also trolled on the progressive establishment by having a boy. So, barring any accidents to the baby, they'll have to wait three generations to see a female Heir Apparent. (Now...deliver us from his grandfather's error-laden ways, or convert him first!). 

 I found the Order of Service from the Coronation of HM the Queen (in 1952) on Oremus, an Anglican liturgical website. It's quite beautiful. Some elements are accretions, as the aristocracy and Royal Household grew over the centuries. But it's first and foremost a liturgy, with clear origins in the rites derived from the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I mean, the text is even in black and the rubrics are in red! 

You can see Cranmer's hand in the service. They wear copes, and the chasubles were all at Pusey House, alas. The rubrics for Communion indicate the clear and robust denial of transubstantiation. But the prayers are still borrowed from the structure of the traditional Mass. Go have a look! 

The translations of the Latin chants Veni Creator Spiritus and Te Deum Laudamus are literal, and not metrical. The rites use sacral language, and although Latin is still preferable, I might have turned to Anglicans instead of ICEL in 1973. 

However, his great-grandmama, pronounced as Michelle Dockery-Lady Mary- of Downton Abbey would, has broken her coronation oath on two specific occasions as Queen of the United Kingdom, and probably on more occasions as Queen of the Commonwealth Realms. In fact, the lady on CNN just said she took an oath before God, and takes duty quite seriously. The English/British coronations have always harked to the Biblical anointing of monarchs. To that I say, HA! The red here is not mine, unless in brackets Emphases are mine.
The Queen having returned to her Chair (her Majesty having already on Tuesday, the fourth day of November, 1952, in the presence of the two Houses of Parliament, made and signed the Declaration prescribed by Act of Parliament), the Archbishop standing before her shall administer the Coronation Oath, first asking the Queen,
Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath?
And the Queen answering, 
I am willing,
The Archbishop shall minister these questions; and the Queen, having a book in her hands, shall answer each question severally as follows:
Archbishop: Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?
Queen: I solemnly promise so to do.
Archbishop: Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?
Queen: I will.
Archbishop: Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?
Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? [OK. I can do without. But better Protestantism than secularism and multi-faith society.]
Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship [Interesting. She has to go with the change in law. Truly a figurehead...why can't she say no?], discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England?
And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen: All this I promise to do.
Then the Queen arising out of her Chair, supported as before, the Sword of State being carried before her, shall go to the Altar, and make her solemn Oath in the sight of 
[The Bible to be brought.]
all the people to observe the premisses: laying her right hand upon the Holy Gospel in the great Bible (which was before carried in the procession and is now brought from the altar by the Archbishop, and tendered to her as she kneels upon the steps), and saying these words:
The things which I have here before promised, I will perform, and keep. So help me God.
[And a Silver Standish.]
Then the Queen shall kiss the Book and sign the Oath.
The Queen having thus taken her Oath, shall return again to her Chair, and the Bible shall be delivered to the Dean of Westminster.

V. The Presenting of the Holy Bible

When the Queen is again seated, the Archbishop shall go to her Chair; and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, receiving the Bible from the Dean of Westminster, shall bring it to the Queen and present it to her, the Archbishop saying these words:
Our gracious Queen:
to keep your Majesty ever mindful of the law and the Gospel of God
as the Rule for the whole life and government of Christian Princes,
we present you with this Book,
the most valuable thing that this world affords.
And the Moderator shall continue: 
Here is Wisdom;
This is the royal Law;
These are the lively Oracles of God.
Then shall the Queen deliver back the Bible to the Moderator, who shall bring it to the Dean of Westminster, to be reverently placed again upon the Altar. This done, the Archbishop shall return to the Altar.
In 1967 she gave Royal Assent to the Abortion Act. In 2013, she gave Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act. Same-sex marriage is legal in Canada, and civil unions or marriage are legal in New Zealand, I believe. Abortion is legal in many of the Commonwealth realms.  England has been on the forefront of research into embryos for medical treatments, and Dolly the sheep was raised in Scotland.

An unjust law is no law at all, or it is the absence (privation) of law. The UK rules with a hybrid form of the social contract and a greatly reduced feudal monarchy. Rebel, I say! Rebel! The passage of unjust laws from time and time again demands the removal of government as it currently exists, or at least a sweeping reform.

She did not do her duty. She should have created the greatest constitutional crisis in 300 years in 1967, and refused the Abortion Act Royal Assent. Sadly, she did not. Sadly, she did the same in 2013.

I do not envy William's and his son's task; Charles will be an old codger when he ascends the throne, and will only make things worse. 'Defender of Faith!' Wow. Islam is taking over the country. Secularism is replacing Christianity as the English religion. They no longer value their history, culture, and heritage as being a good expression of the Christian way.

St. Augustine of Kent, ora pro nobis.
St. Edward the Confessor, ora pro nobis.

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