At the end
of December, Vassula Ryden sent via email a letter to her readers commenting an article of
the UK Daily Telegraph regarding the latest anti-Christian manifestation from the European
Commission, who produced over 3 million diaries for UK secondary schools marking Muslim,
Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Chinese festivities, as well as key EU dates, but not a single
Christian festivity. Even Christmas Day was left blank! (See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/8207411/European-Commission-criticised-for-omitting-Christmas-on-EU-school-diary.html)
comments were reproduced on several blogs as follows:
had already warned us that Christmas (His Birth) would be attacked and will be eliminated
and replaced by the word happy Holidays and Seasons. This started to become obvious
already 2 or 3 years ago. This though is not the end of what the freemasons are up to, but
they are the ones that keep the division of the church alive, and will soon start
attacking the divine Liturgy as well so that the Body and Blood of Christ be eliminated;
even the name of God (Yahweh) is under discussion to eliminate it from the Scripture as
pretext that It is too Holy to be written in the bible and too Holy to be sung in choruses
or pronounced by us. Remember how Yahweh in the beginning said to me 4 times in a row:
"Yahweh is My Name" this was when I asked Him who was really guiding me.
However the freemasons will not reach their goal. God will soon intervene with fire to
stop this abomination that's growing. TLIG is also persecuted by the freemasons because it
is powerful and I suggest that all TLIG people should pull up their sleeves and double
their work in whatever they were called to do. We see how much more aggressive have become
their attacks on me and TLIG recently and how well organized they are to destroy the work
of God. No time to waste.
has been stating for years that Freemasonry is to be blamed for TLIG not being recognized
by the Catholic Church. This affirmation is somewhat peculiar because Freemasonry
advocates in favour of the spiritual unity of religions in a syncretistic way (= not based
on beliefs). Vassula's idea of unity tends to go in that direction. She insists on the
sharing of Sacraments, in particular of the Eucharist, without
any need for doctrinal unity.
At the same time, she gives extraordinary importance with insistence to other aspects,
such as the unification of the dates of Easter (but strangely not of Christmas dates), which according to her will bring
global peace (See: http://www.pseudomystica.info/tligcrecan.htm).
Mrs Ryden places
herself and her messages above Holy Scripture and above any Church authority with the
pretext that she speaks in God's name.
Whoever raises any kind of criticism towards her writings is automatically labelled
"enemy", "persecutor" and often accused of being a Freemason or
committing the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. She preaches continually to
distrust in the "ecclesiastic authorities" that do not recognize her as a true
prophet and organizes inter-religious pilgrimages and retreats where "true
is experienced: a sort of new unified Christianism that obeys
directly to "Jesus",
since "His Church" no longer recognizes
Him when He speaks through Vassula
latest letter is yet a further example of a serious misunderstanding of Holy Scripture,
ignorance of Tradition and contradiction of Church teachings. She writes:
the name of God (Yahweh) is under discussion to eliminate it from the Scripture as pretext
that it is too Holy to be written in the bible and too Holy to be sung in choruses or
pronounced by us. Remember how Yahweh in the
beginning said to me 4 times in a row: "Yahweh is My Name" this was when I asked
Him who was really guiding me."
is evidently referring
to a letter by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of
June 29, 2008
can be found in the Adoremus website (http://www.adoremus.org/CDW_NameofGod.html).
It was sent to all the Episcopal Conferences "by
directive of the Holy Father".
In short, the letter requests the Bishops to make sure that "in liturgical celebrations, in songs and prayers the
name of God in the form of the tetragrammaton YHWH is neither to be used or
pronounced" and that it should be rendered by "the Lord" in "translations of the biblical text in modern
languages intended for liturgical usage of the Church".
sacred Name of God in the Bible and Tradition
the Old Testament, God reveals Himself progressively and under different titles. A key
passage of Exodus 3, 13-15 is the Revelation of God's Name to Moses, which in Hebrew
consists of four letters transliterated in our alphabet as YHWH and referred to as the
sacred Name of God or as the "Tetragrammaton" (= a word having four letters). It
appears in several other books of the Old Testament, for instance Genesis, Isaiah, Psalms,
Sacred Name of God written in Hebrew (the Tetragrammaton)
Ancient Israel, the Name of God was considered too sacred to be pronounced. So when
reading Holy Scripture, the observant Jew would say Adonai
("the Lord") each time he found the Tetragrammaton YHWH, a Tradition that was
observed by the Apostles, as the Congregation for Divine Worship recalls: "the sacred tetragrammaton was never pronounced
in the Christian context nor translated into
any of the languages into which the Bible was translated".
the 3rd century before Christ,
the Jewish community living in Alexandria (Egypt) decided to translate the Hebrew Bible
into Greek, the same Tradition was respected and the sacred
Name of God expressed by the Hebrew YHWH was translated into Greek as Kyrios, which means "Lord".
So each time the Hebrew text indicates the Tetragrammaton, the Greek translation
called Septuagint says "the Lord", making
this title the way of expressing the divine Name of God.
As the Congregation points out, "this
fact has had important implications for New Testament Christology".
Indeed, the authors of the New Testament books who wrote in Greek, quoted from the
Septuagint and used the title "the Lord" to proclaim Jesus' divinity (see the
Congregation's letter for a number of examples).
appearance and use of the term "Yahweh" in our Bibles and the habit to pronounce
it is a recent phenomenon.
According to Dr. Ian Elmer of the Australian Catholic University: "It was only during the sixties, that there has
been a movement in modern
and especially amongst biblical scholars throughout the world, to restore the newly
'rediscovered' Sacred Name. (
) Hence most bibles, Hebrew and Christian now bear the
"Yahweh", rather than LORD or YHWH but this does not represent the
a Semitic language
written without vowels.
When the vowels were introduced into the Old Testament text in the 8th-9th
century (the so called "masoretic text"), the original vowels for the sacred
Name of God YHWH were not indicated. The vowels and hence the pronunciation of YHWH remain
unknown both to Judaism and Christianity. The
most commonly used form of "Yahweh" is only a supposition among a series of
fact that Holy
Scripture inspired by God does not transmit the pronunciation of His Sacred Name, the
meaning of the Name itself remaining mysterious, is to be considered as part of Revelation.
Instead of wondering how the Name should be pronounced, Holy Scripture invites us rather
to seek what God is revealing about Himself by omitting this information. As Dr. Elmer
points out, the God who Moses "encountered in
the burning bush cannot simply be reduced to a name."
is therefore in the light of these facts that the Holy Father requested the Congregation
for Divine Worship to establish the directives to be observed in order to remain faithful
to the biblical text and to the Tradition transmitted to us by the Apostles. These
directives should not be considered "new", but rather a correction of a recent
phenomenon that is outside the authentic understanding of Holy Scripture.
Ryden states that the Congregation's letter is an attempt to "eliminate" the
"Name of God (Yahweh)" from Holy Scripture. As
explained above, the
intention of the Church is not to eliminate the Name of God from Scripture, but to remain
faithful to the biblical text (which does not contain the word "Yahweh") and to
that was transmitted to us, "in order that the
Word of God, written in the sacred texts, may be conserved and transmitted in an integral
and faithful manner" and that the translation of the Bible into modern languages
be "a faithful and accurate transposition of
the original texts".
brings us to Vassula's affirmation that God told her "four times in a row" that
His Name was "Yahweh". Vassula is claiming that God revealed to her the
pronunciation of His Divine Name, in other words he gave her the vowels of the
Tetragrammaton. Beyond the fact that this could be considered as "new
Revelation" (which contradicts Holy Scripture and Tradition, hence confirming the
non-authenticity of the messages), it also shows that instead
of helping understand better Scripture, Mrs Ryden's messages and teachings lead instead to
a superficial and literal reading of the Bible,
which ignores the story of the text, the Tradition that passed it down to us and its
authentic interpretation by the Church.
Those wishing to deepen the subject might want to consult an article by Dr. Ian Elmer
which I found particularly helpful : What is God's
Name? available on the website:
A brief explanation of the
Congregation for Divine Cult's letter can be found on the website: http://www.zenit.org/article-23414?l=english