Sunday, June 10, is White Rose Day, about which I wrote extensively two years ago at another site. I do not have too much to add to what is written therein, save to observe that as the day itself is a Sunday this year, Monday might be a proper and fitting day to have Requiem Masses offered for the deceased members of the House of Stuart, especially Mary Queen of Scots, Charles I, Charles II, James II, James III, Charles III, and Henry IX. Despite their failures, they and their Cavalier and Jacobite followers did much for the Faith (as witnessed by surviving institutions from Douai Abbey to the English College in Rome), and sacrificed much more for it. We might also make our own these prayers of James II and VII:
“ALMIGHTY and everlasting God! Who only workest great marvells, show the riches of Thy goodness to Thy desolate and persecuted Church, that now sits mourning in her own dust and ruins, torn by schism and stripped and spoiled by sacrilege.
And Thou, who after a long captivity didst bring back Thy people to rebuild their Temple, look upon us with the same eyes of mercy.
Restore to us once again the publick worship of Thy name, the reverent administration of Thy sacraments; raise up the King, that we may once more enter into Thy courts with praise and serve Thee with that reverence, that unity, and order, as may be acceptable in Thy sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
O MOST powerful and ever blessed Lord God! Who art glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders; we most humbly beseech Thee to look compassionately on this persecuted part of Thy Church, now driven from Thy publick altars into corners and secret closets, that Thy protection may be over us, wherever we shall be scattered, and a remnant preserved amongst us by whom Thy name may be glorified, Thy sacraments administered, and the souls of Thy servants kept up in a corrupted and corrupting generation. So we that are Thy people and sheep of Thy pasture shall give Thee thanks for ever, and will always be showing forth Thy praise from generation to generation, through Jesus Christ, our only Saviour and Redeemer. AMEN.:
[Source: Donald B. Aldrich, ed., The Golden Book of Prayer, Dodd, Mead, & Co., New York 1942, pp. 224-225.]