Tuesday, April 30, 2019

An Orthodox Easter Hymn Sung in the Appalachian Mode

If the embedded video doesn’t work, the song is also here:

Our thanks to this web site for posting the video:


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Offsite Post: ‘In Heaven, There Is a Kingdom; in Hell There Is Democracy’

These are the inspired words of a holy Orthodox priest who reposed in Russia in 1908, St John of Kronstadt.  In them, one will find a general rule for politics:  Monarchy is the best form of government for mankind, while democratic forms are the worst.  This is contrary to the wisdom of the age, which reverses the rule.  Nevertheless, this does not nullify the truth of the former; it only shows how deeply into apostasy and rebellion the modern world has fallen.

To illustrate this, let us look at what some of the most unsavory cabals of men have said about monarchy and democracy over the years.

The Rosicrucians:

The three major objects of the Fraternity are:

1.  The abolition of all monarchical forms of government and the substitution there-for of the rulership of the philosophic elect.  The present democracies are the direct outgrowth of Rosicrucian efforts to liberate the masses from the domination of despotism.  . . . .  The American War for Independence represents their first great political experiment . . . .

--Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages: Reader’s Edition, New York, Tarcher-Penguin, 2003, p. 463.

The Freemasons:

The main targets of the Masons were: the hierarchical principle, respect for tradition, the Church and the Monarchy. The Masons did not originate the attack on these – the roots of anti-authoritarianism in both Church and State go back at least to the eleventh-century Papacy. What they did was to use an already existing sceptical and rationalist climate of opinion to intensify and give direction to the revolutionary movement, “the mystery of iniquity”.

--Vladimir Moss, An Essay in Universal History, Vol. II: The Age of Reason, Part 2, 2018, p. 116, http://orthodoxchristianbooks.com/books/downloads.php?book_id=756

The Illuminati:

A concise five-point summary of the beliefs of Illuminism was outlined by Nesta Webster:

1.  Abolition of Monarchy and all ordered Government.

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--Terry Melanson, Perfectibilists, Walterville, Ore., Trine Day, 2009, p. 175

And just for good measure, we will include a statement by a modern globalist, Jacques Attali, praising the fall of monarchical power to the forces of democracy:

In 1689 a political bombshell bursts over London.  The country’s ruling monarchs, Mary and William of Orange . . . grant Parliament, freely elected by the country’s middle classes, the right to look into public affairs.  Thus, after its sketchy Dutch beginnings, the birth certificate of modern democracy is officially promulgated.  Parliament enacts laws, guarantees individual freedoms, and authorizes the king to raise troops and make war.  England is the first market democracy.

--A Brief History of the Future, Jeremy Leggatt trans., New York, Arcade, 2009, p. 62.

Those in the Exceptional States of America who may be feeling a twinge of guilt at their never-ending celebration of the overthrow of King George III and their rubbing ideological shoulders with the likes of Messrs Attali and Hall will attempt to defend themselves by saying something like, ‘Yes, we rejected a king’s rule, but we also did not succumb to democracy.  We have charted the middle way:  neither the despotism of a king nor the chaos of a mob for us.  We have established a constitutional republic instead, the best of all forms of government.’

But the Orthodox priest-monk of Platina, California, Blessed Father Seraphim Rose, fortook them and their objection well in advance.  Here he is quoting a staunch defender of traditional ways, the Spanish nobleman Donoso Cortés (1809-53):

“The liberal school,” he said, “...is placed between two seas, whose constantly advancing waves will finally overwhelm it, between socialism and Catholicism.... It cannot admit the constituent sovereignty of the people without becoming democratic, socialistic, and atheistic, nor admit the actual sovereignty of God without becoming monarchical and Catholic....”xxxix

“This school is only dominant when society is threatened with dissolution, and the moment of its authority is that transitory and fugitive one, in which the world stands doubting between Barabbas and Jesus, and hesitates between a dogmatical affirmation and a supreme negation. At such a time society willingly allows itself to be governed by a school which never affirms nor denies, [italics in original] but is always making distinctions.... xl“Such periods of agonizing doubt can never last any great length of time. Man was born to act, and will resolutely declare either for Barabbas or Jesus and overturn all that the sophists have attempted to establish....”

--Orthodox Survival Course, ‘Lecture 8: Meaning of Revolution’, p. 129, http://tinyurl.com/h8uqu66

The republican form, as the American exceptionalists assert, is a sort of middle way, but not the kind they think it is.  To them it is the solid ground of the golden mean betwixt the one and the many.  In actuality, as the quote just above makes clear, it is inherently unstable, like a beam balanced on a point that will soon fall one way or the other, either back to the God-ordained order of kingship or the Satanic-inspired order of democracy.

Again, the American exceptionalists believe that constitutional republics are the highest expression of Christian political principles.  And once again they could not be further from the truth, as this kind of government is very friendly to the forces of the devil:

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Roses (An Easter Poem)

By Paul H. Yarbrough

--Dedicated to Francis Tyler Harrison—newest member of our family, born Good Friday, April 19.

When the color comes into view then pain abates,
Thorns first felt then tremble of the splendid femme.
Only then does nature avail such horrid fates of them.
Oh, holy rose with beauty yours do you attack flesh touch.
See the flinching form away to react to you as much.

Red is beauty, far in awe always viewed upon;
Forever charm, always sheathed for prickly tear,
It brightens hearts and stabs at flesh wholly without a care.
But delightful forever, draws upon the scenic view;
Though none resist the artful portrait of its pleasing hue.

Thou peach appreciates the lavish sea of life.
The bloom is God’s corsage, for a brooch we see.
Is it not the time of life all saved now for you and me?
The blend of fruit and tasty pulp though it finally ends,
It is a way forever ours and always will begin.

The yellow joy of eternity fills my soul.
We laugh and cry for each day we want as now.
Never trust the final joy of life, as we love our vow.
Grand is the stint so given us while bending present here;
Today’s future we claim is ours and never do we fear.

Black thy rose apocalypse raining onto dark.
We know the specter’s fire will breathe life’s spell;
And always at a front, thy gate, we see the beast of hell.
Its prophesy lain by our flesh that takes for us a breath.
We’ve stopped and waited at the door, of that we so-call death.

Oh, glorious white save glory, and glory more;
That bright white rose, purity of our new life,
Not ever do we worry as God has removed all strife.
White is now, because we knew that from God’s throne we were fed;
The pledge for our new beginning: white will be born of red.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

A Little More on Notre Dame Cathedral

Jay Dyer has some thoughts worth listening to in his short video on what is behind the rash of church vandalism in France:

Also, for a little history on the kinship between the cathedral-building culture in Old France and in New France (Louisiana), follow this path and then mash the ‘Crowdfunding Churches’ link:


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!