Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Le Roi-Martyr

Here is a prayer in honor of the Martyr King Louis XVI.

O Almighty God, who didst call thy servant Louis to an earthly Throne that he might advance thy heavenly kingdom, and, when his throne was violently overturned, didst give him boldness to confess the name of our Savior Jesus Christ before the rulers of this world, and courage to die for this faith: Grant that we may in ready obedience accept both prosperity and adversity at thy hand, and that we may always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in us, and to suffer gladly for the sake of the same our Lord Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

O Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy martyr Louis Triumphed over suffering and was faithful even unto death: Grant us, who now remember him with thanksgiving, to be so faithful in our witness to thee in this world, that we may receive with him the crown of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Anonymous said...

Once again Madame, Bravo! I had cause to watch a program on the History Channel the other night which found it necessary to repeat the old lies and calumny presented by the republican government of France. A people who have suffered so much for the faith and have such a glorious Catholic history, the French nation pursues its secular ambitions with reckless abandon. Unfortunate France.
"de Brantigny"

elena maria vidal said...

D'accord, Monsieur de Brantigny! I have confidence that someday the truth about the King will be universally recognized, even by The History Channel.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link! I'm glad to have read Louis XVI's will in full. Such eloquence and forgiveness in his writing; it's not an ordinary will!

Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. said...

Thank you for this! As a result of your timely reminder, I have begun my post for the anniversary of His Most Christian Majesty's Martyrdom.

elena maria vidal said...

I agree, Elisa!

Jovan-Marya, I can't wait to see your post on Saint Agnes' day.

May said...

I recently came across a comment somewhere (in French) to this effect: Louis XVI might have been a decent enough man, but still had to be killed for "symbolic" value. "I would have voted for his death," the commentator added. Incredible! The king wasn't just a "symbol", he was a real person - flesh, blood and soul! I doubt these people would talk so airily if it were their own lives that were at stake.