The Rite of Investment with the Crusader Cross

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Above: Mass of the Ages director Cameron O’Hearn takes up the cross of Eucharistic Reparation and is invested with the crusader cross by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. All photos by Allison Girone.

 

In the days of the eastern and northern crusades, special rituals and customs went with those who were said to “take up the cross.” They committed their family and property to the care of the Church, and were invested with a special cross which marked them for the crusade. They offered this to Our Lady, especially with the Crusader Prayer, the Angelus.[1]

They forsook mother and father, wives and children, and all they possessed (Lk. xiv. 26, 33).

Then they marched off to give their lives for Christendom. They took up the cross to follow Christ, seeking that greater love which lays down his lives for his friends (Jn. xv. 13).

Engraving of the investment of the crusader cross. 1595 Clementine Pontificale

This new Crusade of Eucharistic Reparation, called by His Excellency Bishop Schneider has now come, with the help of God, to this point. The crusade has been called, and this lay sodality has been formed to answer that call.

The sodality is run by OnePeterFive in partnership with Mass of the Ages and Benedictus in line with our editorial stance to unite the clans to rebuild Christendom.

I am grateful for Mr. Michael Matt for welcoming OnePeterFive at the Catholic Identity Conference this past weekend and allowing me to address the conference and call for souls to heed the words of the good bishop and take up this cross.

Above: offering the Prayer of Eucharistic Reparation with some of the crusaders.

His Excellency addresses the crusaders before the investment ceremony

Matt Gaspers, Managing Editor of Catholic Family News, is invested with the Cross

More than a hundred souls took up the cross this past weekend. More have joined remotely and have taken the cross already. Those on our mailing list (join by sending me an email: editor [at] onepeterfive.com) will receive a notice once we can set up these crusader crosses for purchase on the website.

You can now access a PDF of the Rite of Investment with the Crusader Cross. This ritual was adapted by Aaron Seng at our partner Benedictus from the rite of imposition of a Crusading Cross, as found in the Clementine Pontificale (1595). It has approved for use by any priest by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

So once we have the purchase and mailing set up (current page is onepeterfive.com/crusade), everyone who joins can buy the cross, print out this rite and have any priest invest them just like a scapular.

The idea is that crusaders will take up the cross and then work to build a lay sodality of Eucharistic reparation in their parish and diocese. We want to establish in every parish regular Eucharistic reparation and an annual “Day of Reparation for Crimes Against the Most Holy Eucharist” in each diocese as the octave day of Corpus Christi.

We fully support the Bishops’ initiative of Eucharistic Revival, but we want to add some sack cloth and ashes to that effort.

So we ask you, dear reader: take up this cross.

Take up this cross and offer back to Almighty God the worship due to Him in the Sacred Host against the crimes of sinners, and offer penance that these sinners may be turned bath to the Faith.

My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love You.
I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love You.

Intentions of this Crusade

  1. To make reparation to God for the sins committed against the Blessed Sacrament
  2. The restoration of the Latin Mass in the Church.

Requirements

  1. One hour Adoration per month in reparation for the sins committed against the Blessed Sacrament.
  2. Pray at least once per month the Prayer of the Crusade of Reparation to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Additional Devotions (Optional)

  1. Become a “Custos Traditionis” by praying the Memorare daily with weekly penance for the reversal of Traditionis Custodes.
  2. Be invested with the Crusader Cross using Bishop Schneider’s approved rite of blessing.
  3. Offer a weekly or even a daily Holy Hour in reparation for the same ends.

Additional Efforts of the Crusade (Optional)

  1. Read and share the articles and reflections we have published on this topic.
  2. Share the Mass of the Ages Documentary series (Episode I, Episode II).
  3. Share Benedictus, the traditional Catholic companion.
  4. Promote, plan and execute a weekly, monthly, and/or annual reparation Mass and devotions in your parish and diocese. His Excellency suggests a “Day of Reparation for Crimes Against the Most Holy Eucharist” in each diocese as the octave day of Corpus Christi.
  5. Gather a group in your parish or diocese to pray regularly these prayers for your bishop to restore the Latin Mass in your diocese and root our liturgical abuses and sacrileges.
  6. Read and share Kwasniewski’s manifesto of Eucharistic Reparation: Holy Bread of Eternal Life: Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety
  7. Read Bishop Laise’s treatise against Communion in Hand (Holy Communion), and His Excellency’s Dominus Est and buy all these books for priests and bishops.
  8. Send me an email (editor [at] onepeterfive.com) to join our mailing list so that we can coordinate the promotion and spread of this crusade to as many souls as possible.

How to Join:

  • Email me editor [at] onepeterfive.com. We will have more communication soon on more organisation.

We offer all these intentions to Our Lady of Sorrows who stood at the foot of the Cross and likewise sees the continued abuse of her Son in the Blessed Sacrament, that she may purify these efforts and offer them to God by her hands. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who have no recourse to thee – especially the enemies of Holy Church!

T. S. Flanders
Editor

 

 

[1] “It seems that the origin of this prayer goes back to the pontificate of Blessed Urban II (1098-1099). It is said that at the Council of Clermont (1095), this Pope established the recitation of the Angelus in the morning and in the evening, for the purpose of invoking the protection of the Virgin over the Crusades.” Roberto de Mattei, “The Angelus: A Militant Christian PrayerThe Remnant (March 6, 2020).

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