Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Francis performs Birkat Kohanim blessing at the New Year’s Angelus


Francis giving the Birkat Kohanim blessing in the Sephardic manner.


To welcome in the new year, on Tuesday 1 January 2019, Francis decided to scrap the usual Catholic blessing invoking the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and replaced it with the Birkat Kohanim blessing.

And today the liturgy refers to the very ancient blessing with which the Jewish priests blessed the people. It states: “The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). The priest repeated God’s name, “Lord,” thrice, extending his hand over the assembled people. In the Bible, in fact, a name represents the reality itself that is invoked and so, “to put the name” of the Lord on a person, a family, a community means to offer them the beneficial strength that flows from Him.

Angelus Address: On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace, Zenit, (1 January 2019)


The website, NovusOrdoWire succinctly pointed out,

“Unfortunately, Bergoglio didn’t think it worth mentioning that the fact that the Lord’s name is invoked three times is a prefigurement of the Holy Trinity, just as is the threefold invocation of God as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” (Ex 3:6), and as is perhaps the visitation of Abraham by three angels who “appeared to him [as] three men” (see Gen 18:1-3). No, the Trinity does not make an appearance in Francis’ Jan. 1 Angelus at all, not even, as we just saw, in the final benediction.”

Francis opts for Old Testament Blessing at New Year’s Angelus, NovusOrdoWire, (9 January 2019)




The still above is taken from this video where Francis begins the Birkat Kohanim at 10 minutes & 34 seconds mark by raising his hands and saying,

“The Lord bless you and keep you: The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”

Angelus Address: On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and the 52nd World Day of Peace, Zenit, (1 January 2019)


These words are in agreement with the description the Jewish Encyclopedia of 1906 provides for the Birkat Kohanim,





We return to the still frame. In it, Francis is holding his hands and head in the style done by the Sephardic Jews as explained by the Chabad Lubavitcher website,


Knowing Francis’ penchant for all things Talmudic, his claim that he has an inner-Jew, his homilies filled with anti-Christian rabbinical ideas, his telling of blasphemous jokes to Jewish friends, and his vast collection of Judaic books, it should come as no surprise that Francis pulled another fast one.  In 2016, Francis received for his 80th birthday a replica of the oldest Birkat Kohanim known from his good friend and often guest at the Vatican, Rabbi Isaac Sacca. What amazes us at Call Me Jorge... is that while everyone is arguing over who the pope is (Francis or Benedict), the Viganò allegations, or is mesmerized by Francis’ redefinition of the papacy hardly anyone notices as Francis slowly and methodically incorporates Talmudic Judaism into the Novus Ordo.  As we grow tired of writing, Francis and his cronies will not be content until St. Peter’s resembles a synagogue and the Vatican a shtetl.  With this Birkat Kohanim ‘blessing’ another nail has been hammered into that coffin.

Thanks to NovusOrdoWire who brought this New Year’s ‘blessing’ to out attention.

1 comment:

  1. Holy Spirit, you who makes me see everything and shows me the way to reach my ideal, you who gives me the divine gift to forgive and forget all the wrong that is done to me and you who are in all instances of my life with me. I, in this short dialogue, want to thank you for everything, and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. To that end and submitting to God's holy will, I ask from you..(mention your favour). Amen

    This prayer should be said for 3 consecutive days. After the 3rd day, your sincere wish will be granted no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to offer thanksgiving by sharing it and expressing it on granting of your favour. The idea is to spread the wonder of the Holy Spirit.

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