Rorate Caeli

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The Faithful venerate relics of St. John Cantius and Blessed Karl of Austria

For the closing of their annual Forty Hours Devotion, the people of St. John Cantius parish in Chicago were graced with the presence of Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Maria Anna, Princess of Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl of Austria, and her husband Prince Piotr D. Galitzine along with members of the Royal Family. The Royal Family was in assistance at the 12:30 Solemn High Mass which was celebrated by parish pastor Rev. C. Frank Phillips C.R. The Mass was that of the feast of St. John Cantius (October 20). Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was sung by the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra and propers were chanted by the Schola Cantorum of St. Gregory the Great. Relics of St. John Cantius and of Blessed Karl were exposed for public veneration on the church’s Lady Altar. Vespers at 4:00 were the First Vespers of the Solemnity of St. John Cantius, Confessor and included a procession. Mozart's Vesperae de Confessore was sung by the Sine Nomine Choir and Orchestra. The great care with which the traditional liturgy and sacred music were treated is a hallmark of the priests and people St. John Cantius and was a befitting tribute to their Royal visitors who came to pay homage to their beatified predecessor whose feast day is October 21.

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  1. Anonymous11:50 PM

    Sounds Great!!!!

  2. For peace in the Middle East, that our leaders may receive wisdom and moral virtue, and for a good outcome to the American election next month and the defeat of Barack Obama's candidacy, Blessed Charles of Austria, pray for us.

  3. For the defeat of liberal democracy and republicanism everywhere and the restoration of Throne and Altar throughout Christendom, we ask the intercession of Blessed Karl! Ora pro nobis!

  4. Yes indeed, Mr. Hoag, those are also very good, very necessary things to pray for.

  5. Anonymous6:01 PM

    Monarchy has its goods and its truths and its beauties, but we're naive to think that the monarchies of old were always or even often good for the Church and her Gospel witness.

    The ideal regime, in this life, will always include elements of monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy checking-and-balancing each other, however imperfectly.

  6. Well, some of us are that naive anyway.

  7. Anonymous7:11 PM


  8. Do you mean Henri-Charles (1820-1883), Duke of Chambord, son of King Charles X? Legitimists often refer to Henri, Duke of Chambord, as Henri V. Or do you mean Henri, Count of Paris, the Orleanist claimant, who would be Henri VII if he were reigning as France's king? The Legitimist claimant to France's throne is Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjoi, de jure Louis XX.

  9. Anonymous9:34 PM

    You could say the same of Bishops ,priests and laity as you said about monarchies. It takes an effort to be a Blessed Karl. I dont think the current crop of democratically elected politicians with their support of abortion and other immoral practices have any reason to be superior to Monarchy system.

  10. Anonymous4:14 PM

    Let's face reality. Blessed Karl would have been a hopeless king if he had been allowed to remain on the throne. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was on its last legs and a major contributor to the start of the First World War. The monarchy had lost credibility in the aftermath. Yet it was still technically possible for him to be recalled from exile but Horthy, the Regent of Hungary, failed to do so because he knew what a hopeless job Karl would make of it and the social unrest it would cause.

    This does not excuse the appalling suffering he and his family were subjected to after his abdication, but the blame for that lies with the world powers of the time.

  11. Let's face reality. Blessed Karl would have been a hopeless king if he had been allowed to remain on the throne.

    Since we're talking about hypotheticals and what-ifs, we obviously cannot be talking about "reality." Things that did not happen and never will happen are not "reality." Anyway there's no telling what kind of monarch Blessed Charles would have been had he not be forced from his rightful inheritance. God willing the Austrians and Hungarians eventually will restore their monarchies, and the grave damage done to central and eastern Europe by the Allies will be made right.

    The Austro-Hungarian Empire was on its last legs and a major contributor to the start of the First World War.

    Not necessarily on its last legs. The rise of the evil of nationalism was threatening the integrity of the empire, but the heir to the throne, Franz Ferdinand, favored Trialism, establishing a Triple Monarchy rather than just the Dual Monarchy of Austria and Hungary. There was a likelihood that solution would have been very popular with the Slavic subjects of the empire, which is why Serbian terrorist Gavril Princip murdered him and his wife Sophie: Serbia was hoping to bring many of those Slavs under its own heel, and Trialism would have thwarted their expansionist plans.

    That provocation is what made Austria-Hungary "a major contributor to the start of the First World War." The Serbs ignited the war, Austria responded. The emperor predicted how it would likely end, of course: with Serbia's Allies victorious, the empire would be violently dismembered and Serbia would get the prizes it coveted.


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