Now the End Begins, the website mentioned in the previous item, really doesn’t like the Catholic Church. It’s an organ of the mean snarling wing of anti-Catholic fundamentalism. I normally don’t pay any attention to such groups, because why would you, but this, having read it while writing the other story, I pass on because it’s a scream: Pope Francis Invokes Lucifer During Easter Mass 2013.
Another thing that the Catholic Church is fond of doing is to invoke the name of Lucifer in their Easter Mass Exsultet. Yes, you read that correctly. The Catholic Church, as well as Pope Francis, makes singing a love song to the Devil part of their worship service. Don’t believe us?
Click on the video and see it for yourself.
You bet I did. First they play the Exultet from the Easter Vigil of 2012 with Pope Benedict allegedly invoking Lucifer, and then in a “They did it again!” way play it from the 2013 Vigil to implicate Francis. As the 2012 Exultet plays, the video helpfully provides the text and their translation:
Flammas eius —
lúcifer matutínus invéniat —
Lucifer finds mankind
Ille, inquam, lúcifer, qui nescit occásum: Christus Fílius tuus —
I say, O Lucifer who will never be defeated, CHRIST IS YOUR SON! (all caps and exclamation mark theirs)
The video ends with the words “Lucifer Worship” in the middle of the screen over a shot of the nave of St. Peter’s as the people sing “Amen.” Which is, to be fair, a nice Leni Riefenstahl touch.
So you’ve seen for yourself. Oh, by the way, the translation we use at Mass runs: “May this flame be found still burning by the Morning Star: the one Morning Star who never sets, Christ your Son.” For such Bible-believing Christians, the Latinists at Now the End Begins seem to have missed the use of “morning star” as a title for Christ in 2 Peter 1 and Revelation 2 and 22.
Update: Two friends have suggested other worrying possibilities. Rob Grano notes that Wycliffe was called “the morningstar of the Reformation” and Michael Hoffman asks if the food from Morningstar Farms is the Devil’s vegetarian line.