As Traditionalists and as nationalists, it can become easy to view our struggle as one only of the corporeal world, one where flesh, blood, and steel will decide the day in favor of either defeat or victory. A materialist worldview however is the opposite of what we should believe because the forces of the supernatural of God and His Saints play the most important role in whether we will be victorious and more importantly if our souls and the souls of our families and kinsmen will be saved.
Corneliu Codreanu told the members of the Legion of Saint Michael how prayer is more effective than any gun, speech or material effort we can muster. The Captain said,
“Prayer is decisive element of victory. Wars are won by those who have managed to attract from elsewhere, from the skies, the mysterious forces of the invisible world and to secure their support. These mysterious forces are the souls of the dead, the souls of our ancestors, who once were, like us, linked to our clods, to our furrows, who died for the defense of this land and are still linked today to it by the memory of their lives and by us, their sons, their grandsons, their great grandsons. But, above the souls of the dead, there is God. Once these forces are attracted, they are of considerable power, they defend us, they give us courage, will, all the elements necessary to victory and which make us win. They bring in panic and terror among the enemies, paralyse their activity. In the last analysis, victories do not depend only on material preparation, on the material forces of the belligerents, but on their power to secure the support of spiritual forces. The fairness and the morality of actions and the fervent, insistent call for them in the form of rite and collective prayer attract such forces.”
Prayer as a weapon helps us as Christians to fend off attacks by demonic forces and influence, something that happens to all of humanity on a frequent basis. Only through prayer can we be protected from these malicious forces that wish to devour our souls and defeat us in our worldly pursuits for righteousness, justice, peace, healthy families, and a positive future for our extended family and the world.
Satan hates what is good and will do anything to tear families apart through the temptations of lust, anger or greed and also wants to tear nationalists away from a positive worldview on our struggle. Satan is a deceptive fallen angel who might not be able to persuade you to completely turn to his side, but he will work to subvert you and to have you unknowingly fall away from the path that God has set.
As Christians we know from 2 Corinthians 11:14 that “even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” and with that understanding it is not surprising how he works to promote his nefarious works by subversion in the hearts and minds of many who call themselves nationalists. One of the clearest examples of subversion from Christian nationalism into a Satanic perversion of nationalism is found in those who espouse genuine racial hatred.
To be a nationalist means to love your own immediate family but also your extended family, the men and women who are tied to you by blood, culture and Identity. If your folk is your extended family we should look at our feelings towards them in a familial fashion. For instance I love my wife and my newborn son, but I do not hate my next door neighbors just because I love my immediate family.
Likewise as nationalists we must remember 1 Corinthians 13:13, “And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” Your drive to be a nationalist should be because of love for your people and the future of your children and grandchildren, not hatred towards other racial groups. If all of humanity is made in the image of God and all human beings have the same spiritual worth before the Throne, how could we even hate another human being, even if they are not of our tribe? Loving your people is normal, natural, healthy, and Biblical but falling into hatred towards other groups is neither Christian nor positive for our movement.
An example of Christian nationalism can be found in the recent statement by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The Holy Synod said that the immigration invasion cannot be allowed because it will demographically change Bulgaria, “our fatherland Bulgaria, in which God ordained our Orthodox people dwell.” The Synod continued by calling the immigration invasion what it is, an invasion to demographically, religiously, and culturally change Christian Europe.
The statement released said, “In recent months we have witnessed a wave of flooding from countries of the Middle East and North Africa impoverished by war countries, seeking refuge in European countries people. A wave, which has acquired all the signs of an invasion… we believe that our government should never allow into our country more refugees.” The Bulgarian Church noted that Bulgarians are suffering in poverty and it would be unchristian to give away what little the nation has to outsiders and not the ethnic Bulgarians for whom God has given the Bulgarian land to.
The Christian thing to do is to take care of your people, but the Bulgarian Church is not saying to turn away refugees because they hate them, they are saying it because they have a duty and an obligation to care for the Bulgarian people that the Church loves. To be a Christian nationalist is to be driven for love of one’s own and the nation that God blessed you to inherit, nothing more and nothing less.
Archbishop Anastasii in his Introductory Speech as the Chairman of the Department of the Spiritual Revival of Russia, said,
“The Church as a historical fact exists in the conditions of space and time; it recalls Jacob’s ladder with a top that goes to the heavens, while stepping on the earth, [and] transferring the heavenly blessing downward to all aspects of human life. Remaining catholic by its inner essence, i.e., an over- worldly body, it has been always more or less national in its external manifestation.”
The Christian Church as part of God’s plan is based around the expression of Faith, family, and folk. In Acts 17 Scripture says, “And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” There is a clear Scriptural and Church Tradition example that while we are all spiritually equal, defending the physical boundaries of your nation and your ethnic kinsmen is not only allowed in Christianity, but a command.
Monk Anthimos of Mount Athos said of foreigners in our nations, both the usurious international bankers and the Third World invaders, “Throw out the usurers and the invaders. We shall not give our country to any foreigner who it does not belong to and illegal immigrants should go back to where they came from.”
A nation has a Church that reflects unique language, customs, and Identity while still remaining universally linked on a spiritual level with all of our brothers and sisters in Christ. A man would be found delinquent in his Christian duties if he allowed his wife and children to starve because he gave all of the family’s bread to a stranger, just so it is delinquent in our Christian duty to not care for and provide for your folk. Just as Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria said, “It is not right that the Orthodox Bulgarian people pay the price of our disappearance as a state.” it is clear that the from a Christian perspective of love we must secure the existence of the future for our ethnic family and our culture, no matter what modernists, heretics, and Leftists have to say.
To secure a future for our folk but also for our souls and the souls of our family we must turn to prayer. Our actions in the streets and communities we live in are crucial public displays of our values, but without prayer they will find themselves coming up short.
One of the best examples of prayer being a crucial part of victory can be found in the historic Battle of Lepanto and the campaign surrounding this heroic struggle.
Prior to the battle of Lepanto was the Battle of Malta. The army of less than seven hundred Christian knights were forced to face off against an Ottoman army of over forty thousand soldiers. Prior to battle, prayer came first to the Christian defenders of the island. The Grand Master of the Knights of Saint John had his knights all go to confession and then all receive the Eucharist prior to taking the field.
Grand Master Jean de la Valette told his men,
“A formidable army composed of audacious barbarians is descending on this island.. These persons, my brothers, are the enemies of Jesus Christ. Today it is a question of the defense of our Faith. Are the Gospels to be superseded by the Koran? God on this occasion demands of us our lives, already vowed to His service. Happy will be those who first consummate this sacrifice.”
God blessed the Christian warriors with a victory that encouraged the entire Christian world. At Malta the Cross still stood high above the walls while it is estimated that thirty thousand Turks lay dead. A victory that can only be described as miraculous for the valiant Christian warriors of the Knights of Saint John.
This victory gave Christian Europe breathing room to be able to organize the Holy League, a combined force of Christian European nations to be able to resist the coming Third World tidal wave that was expected shortly. Men like Father Francisco Borgia inflamed the hearts of Christian Europeans throughout many different European nations to unite together as European Christians to fight for Faith, family and folk. Within a short time the Holy League had come together and preparations were made to resist the Turks, although militarily it still would take a miracle from God Himself to be able to repel the invaders.
At Lepanto the Islamic forces were poised to use superior manpower and military equipment to defeat Christian Europe and possibly occupy all of our homeland. In response to what looked like could be a crippling military defeat, Pope Pius V ordered the churches of Rome opened for prayer day and night, encouraging the faithful to petition the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary through the recitation of the Rosary.
Pope Pius V recognized the grave peril to European Christianity both physically and spiritually and so he fought both in the physical and the spiritual means of a crusade. Rome gave huge sums of money to outfit a Christian army to fight the Turks while pushing forward spiritual warfare at the same time.
Pope Pius V put priests on every single Holy League ship in order to hear confession and pray for the souls of the soldiers and for victory in the coming battle. In addition to the priests, the Pope gave rosaries for every man in the Holy League to be able to pray to the Virgin Mother both before and during the battle. Churches throughout the Western Christian world were filled with thousands of parishioners praying for victory, and history tells us that the Virgin Mother was listening.
When the battle began, the head of the Holy League fleet Don John unfurled a giant blue banner bearing an image of Christ and led his flagship and the rest of the Christian vessels out to meet the Islamic invaders. During the middle of the battle the Islamic fleets flag that had the name of Allah stitched in it, which Islamic tradition held was carried in battle by the Prophet, was captured by the forces of the Holy League, all while the banner of Christ continued to fly.
By the end of the day only thirteen of the over three hundred Turkish vessels were still afloat and the battle had been won for the Christian forces, securing the sovereignty of Europe for generations to come. It would be weeks before the victory would be announced throughout Europe but in the Vatican Pope Pius V was already celebrating with clergy and laypeople alike.
During the battle the Pope saw a vision of the Virgin Mary above the battle and the end result of the conflict, victory for Christendom over the foreign invaders. Pope Pius V turned to his cardinals and said, “Let us set aside business and fall on our knees in thanksgiving to God, for he has given our fleet a great victory” and had the Church bells of Rome rung in celebration as joyous prayers filled the churches and homes of Christian Europe. When the first messenger arrived weeks later to declare victory he was astonished to find the city already knew, not through the abilities of man but through the glory of God and the Blessed Mother.
In the Western Church this victory became known as the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary came after God blessed the Christian forces with a stunning victory, due primarily it was believed not only by clergy but by the soldiers who fought in the battle due to the prayers of the faithful asking the Virgin Mother to bless Christian Europe with victory.
As we face another Islamic invasion of our Homeland and we see the organized foes of Faith, family and folk seemingly unbeatable due to their financial, military, and political power it is easy to become disheartened. Fear not my brothers and sisters because we have access to a power that can beat any army on this planet, the power of the Almighty God on our side. If we humble ourselves in love and Christian charity the good Lord will hear our prayers.
Elder Joseph the Hesychast told us that “The only hope of salvation from the delusions and the heresies, the innovations and the traps of wicked people and of the devil is prayer, repentance, and humility.” With this lesson we must try in our lives to live the best and most pious Christian lives we can. Only prayer can help us overcome our personal demons and the demons who currently wage war against us through evil men here on the corporeal plane. Our victory is assured through Christ and His sacrifice on the Cross, death has been beaten and Satan will be defeated, it is our duty to sally forth as Christian warriors and fight for what is good, holy, and righteous.
The path forward may not be easy and our prospects may seem bleak, but the prospects appeared bleak at Malta and at Lepanto, but through pure Faith, victory can and will be ours. In the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, go forth and fight my brothers and sisters, it is your calling as members of the Church Militant.