The Last Secret by Michael Brown
A look at the apparitions of the Virgin Mary throughout Church history, from the year 40 A.D. to present! The first comprehensive history of Mary's entire history of apparitions --  how they helped form history, how Mary intervened to institute the Church, to heal, and to save her people from war and plague -- to the current day.  CLICK HERE


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Yesterday we heard from Patricia "Pachi" Borrero, a reputed seer from Ecuador who urged the immediate institution of the Angelus. It was a stirring appeal. Right now cities and towns across the U.S. face the threat of terrorism, and it's time to face that threat with the power of prayer. 

, and it hearkens to crisis times in Europe. Through much of history villages and towns stopped business at noon and recited it as a community prayer. Bells rang. And the devout recited it three times a day -- 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m., except at Paschal time, when what is known as the Regina Coeli is recited.

It was with the Angelus that villages threatened by invaders were spared invasion and those threatened with bubonic fever were spared the plague. In many cases, its recitation was connected with miracles attributed to the Virgin. 

Now we are asked to institute it in the United States and while prayer is prohibited in public, while we can't say it at schools, while we can't say it in government offices, we could ring the bells of our churches. We can bring it back in the privacy of our offices. We can recite it in cars and homes. 

It would be an enormous way of praying together -- as a nation. It could fend off local attack. It was first approved on October 13, 1318 (the same day, centuries later, that the "great miracle" of Fatima occurred), and it was crucial through the Middle Ages. 

While bubonic plague would menace regions of Europe for the next several centuries (just as barbarians menaced Europe during a chastisement of the Roman Empire), the way was open for divine grace. The way had been opened, after the horror of the Black Death, for Mary to halt disease from resurging. In village after village, in town after town, she came imploring prayer so the disease would fade into memory.

The same can occur now. She is again imploring prayer, and we should start with a national push to recite the Angelus:

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, etc.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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