Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pere Jaques Hamel

If you want know
This is what the priesthood is about
This is what the Mass is about
This is what the Catholic Church is about

Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison

30 comments:

Mr Grumpy said...

Father Hamel, pray for us
Holy Martyrs of Iraq and Syria, pray for us

Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.

Michael said...

Eternal Rest, grant to him, O Lord. May he now be with You who called him to serve!

umblepie said...


Eternal rest grant unto him ,O Lord, may he rest in peace. Amen.
May God forgive those responsible for his death.

John Vasc said...

in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem...

Fr John Speekman said...

May he rest in peace.

Victoria said...

May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once a poor man), may you have eternal rest."

JARay said...

I am with John Vasc 100%. I am sure that the Company of Martyrs has indeed welcomed him him into that august body.

hughosb said...

Indeed it is what those three things are all about!

Pax.

John Nolan said...

The Bishop of Rouen, in a statement from Cracow, described both the priest and his assassins as 'victims' (presumably the latter were victims of the police). Now we will see what the Pope has to say.

Fr Hamel was ordained in 1958 and had been retired ten years. That he was still working is indicative of the lack of vocations in 'progressive' dioceses.

We've seen 'Je suis Charlie'. Will we now see 'Je suis catholique'? Don't hold your breath.

Domine salvam fac Galliam.

geneticallycatholic said...

Je suis Catholique

Nicolas Bellord said...

The Pope has qualified this outrage as 'absurd' which some may find rather curious.

Last night on Newsnight on BBC2 there was a discussion with Richard Barrett former Director of Global Counter Terrorism MI6 and Chami Chakrabarti former Chair of Liberty. They discussed the problem of how to balance resistance against terrorism with our liberties. Their argument seemed to be that the number of people killed by terrorists was relatively trivial; for example in Germany a million refugees had been taken in but only perhaps five had been involved in terrorist incidents and therefore we should not criticise Angela Merkel. They said nothing could be done by the security services to achieve 100% protection and we needed to accept risk of terrorism as a everyday happening and we must not succumb to overreaction in restricting our liberties. I suppose this is the same argument that we accept a certain number of road deaths balanced against the loss of liberty in forbidding the use of cars. Effectively they seemed to be saying that nothing more could or should be done except 'increasing democracy' whatever that meant.

It seems to me that this is a false argument. Whilst road deaths have dropped over the years - partially as a result of restricting our liberties e.g. compulsory use of seat belts, we are here seeing a rapid rise in terrorism. And unlike other killings, whether accidental or deliberate, terrorism is seen as particularly worrying as being promoted by a certain group of people. Can we really dismiss the killing of Father Hamel as just an unfortunate statistic? Is this not the same liberal mindset that accepts the killing of the unborn on an industrial scale?

What was not mentioned was Islam whose teachings mandate this terrorism. Are we going to tackle this and stop pretending that it is a peaceful religion so long as every verse of the Koran is regarded as sacred? A leading Imam in France has been quoted hinting that something needs to be done about this. The dilemma seems to be how can we tackle this problem of violence in Islam, as suggested by Pope Benedict XVI in his Regensburg speech, without antagonising or demonising the Muslim community? What are our religious leaders doing about this? What is the Government doing?

Sadie Vacantist said...

Reading the Regensburg speech, the Pope was also critiquing the violent interventions by the West in their attempt to impose democracy on the theocratic societies of the Islamic World. This is at the heart of the disaster. The imposition of usury, pornography, feminism, reproductive rights and separation of religious faith from the state is unacceptable to the Islamic mindset.

Pamela Ruigh said...

Well the governments, of course, need to step up intelligence, etc, but the churches also need to put in place more of their own security measures. Someone who attends the Masses needs to be trained in recognizing suspicious behavior in people and be on guard at all times. Perhaps the church door needs to be locked at the beginning of each Mass. It may also come to having metal detectors in churches as they have in schools these days. It also may come to having armed security guards in churches. It is not pretty but probably necessary as if these attacks increase more folks will choose not to attend Mass in a church but perhaps in small secret house Masses.

Maria Anna said...

May he rest in peace. With God. And the Saints. And the Angels. And father in that which is final and eternal, the Martyrdom of so many Saints, and lately many Arab Christians, children too, reach the frozen souls of those who cannot see, cannot feel.
https://youtu.be/bjRHqMpsNb4
(It's "Our Father")

Michael Leahy said...

I wouldn't trust any peaceful overture from a member of a cult that endorses mendacity as a weapon for the advancement of its interests.

Eriugena said...

The only "news" reports I can read are all Protestant/atheist. Does anyone know if the Sacred Species were left on the altar, or had Fr. Jacques finished Mass when he was martyred?

Eriugena said...

The only "news" reports I can read are all Protestant/atheist. Does anyone know if the Sacred Species were left on the altar, or had Fr. Jacques finished Mass when he was martyred?

Physiocrat said...

This reminds me of the martyrdom of St Stephen.

On the subject of security, we might think about reviving the minor order of Porter. Apart from the direct benefits, it would give young people an opportunity to get involved in a church activity.

Palincor IG said...

He certainly was a martyr, an elderly man in his eighties, still saying mass, devoted to the people, and the violence against him only started, as one of the nuns at mass said, when he tried to defend the others at mass. May he rest in peace.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

@ John Nolan : It is very likely (and most probable) Mgr LeBrun might well have spoken while utterly griefstricken, as many of us still are. I'm sure I am not the only reader of this blog who has regretted somethimng said in deep anger or distress.
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and : @geneticallycatholic : Great idea, but what about "Moi, je suis Catho" ?

Deacon Augustine said...

Off topic, but thank you, Fr. Blake, for signing the letter to the Cardinals about Amoris Laetitia. I hope you are not the victim of white martyrdom because of this, but I am sure that most of your readers will stand with you if you are.

Mark said...

Eternal Rest, grant to him, O Lord. May he now be with You who called him to serve! Time for Crusade. 2.0 ??

Jacobi said...

Father Harnel is a martyr. As such he will be in Heaven in the company of the blessed martyrs.

David O'Neill said...

Je suis Catholique aussi!!!!!

Pelerin said...

Regarding the question brought up by Eriugena I note that even the French Catholic press does not mention at what part of the Mass the Priest had reached before being so tragically cut down.

However there is an interview with the nuns who were present, on the website of 'La Vie' and unlike other reports they mention that the terrorists burst in at 9.30 am. I see from the parish website that the Tuesday Masses there were celebrated at 9 am so I would guess that the reception of Holy Communion would have been finished by then.

I have read elsewhere that when the Parish Priest suggested Fr Hamel should retire, he replied that he would continue until his last breath....

whiteowl whiteowl said...

Rest in peace. Forgive them father for they do not know what they do.

Jacobi said...

@ Mark.

You will get your Crusade in the next 5/10 years. Indeed, it is already under way. But you won't have to go to the Holy Land. This time it is a case of "hostium intra muros"

Maria Anna said...

It was after the Mass that it happened according to the Sisters witnessing.
Source : http://www.lavie.fr/actualite/france/face-a-face-avec-les-terroristes-de-saint-etienne-du-rouvray-le-temoignage-des-religieuses-otages-29-07-2016-75263_4.php

David O'Neill said...

As some will know St Etienne du Rouvray was initially twinned with Felling which was then subsumed into Gateshead under a local government adjustment. During my tenure of office as Secretary of Felling Male Voice Choir we undertook a European Tour encompassing Assen in the Netherlands, Leipzig & Laubuseschbach in Germany finishing up visiting our twin town of St Etienne du Rouvray & giving a concert in the church where Fr Jacques was murdered. The people of the town were most friendly & generous & I'm sure that such a priest will be greatly mourned by his people. Our church, St Joseph's, in Gateahead has a Book of Remembrance for the diocese of Hexham & Newcastle. Requiescat in Pace

Pete said...

I think this picture sums it up well
http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/var/nrv2/storage/images/contenus/un-peintre-tourangeau-offre-le-portait-du-pere-jacques-hamel-2796701/51200775-1-fre-FR/Un-peintre-tourangeau-offre-le-portait-du-pere-Jacques-Hamel_image_article_large.jpg

And a documentary featuring Pere Hamel; lovely singing voice and a delightful laugh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXX23DgZgO8

... The noble army of martyrs: praise thee