Because I learned a long time ago that EWTN is far from reliable. You still haven't answered why after the fall of communism that the prayers are still receited after 'low mass' or why it is part of the rosary as these Roman Catholic posters claim on the website mentioned. Or why this apparition asked for Russia to consecrated to her when Russia had more churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary than any other country in the world. This is why you will never convince an Orthodox Slav of the validity of this farce. And, anyone of us who were around from the fifties on, remember very well from our RC friends and neighbors why they were going to church to pray for the conversion of Russia. We were told this constantly until ecumenist movement came about when things suddenly changed. I remember Bishop Sheen saying on TV he would like to live long enough to be able to serve mass in St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square. I heard it with my own ears. We all know he was a bi-ritualist so how could he have served mass in an Orthodox Cathedral as a Roman Catholic bishop if the cathedral remained Orthodox?
First of all you don't mention the website you are getting your info from but I doubt the people know what they are talking about or are faithful to the Holy Father.
The Leonine Prayers are:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. (three times)
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
P: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R: That we be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
P: Let us pray. O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with favor upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of her spouse, blessed Joseph, of Thy holy apostles, Peter and Paul, and all the saints, mercifully and graciously hear the prayers which we pour forth to Thee for the conversion of sinners and for the liberty and exaltation of holy mother Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. We humbly beseech God to command him. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
P: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
R: Have mercy on us! (three times)
Prayers after Low Mass were first requested by Blessed Pius IX for the intention of Pope regaining temporal sovreignity over the Papal States. These were three Hail Marys and the Hail Holy Queen with Versicles and Collect. Pope Leo XIII changed the collect slightly and added the pareyr to St. Michael. The intention remained the same. it is from this they acquired the name Leonine. St. Pius X added the petitions to the Sacred Heart. In 1929 the Lateran Treaty was signed and the Pope regained temporal sovreignity over the Vatican City State. The original intention of the prayer being answered, Pope Pius XI in 1930 changed it stating:
"not so long ago the enemies of God and religion throughout the aforementioned regions kindled a very fierce persecution of the Church. Christ, the Redeemer of the human race, is therefore to be implored to permit tranquillity and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia.
And, that all may be able to make this prayer with very little trouble and difficulty, We desire that those same prayers which Our Predecessor of happy memory, Leo XIII, ordered priests to recite with the people after Mass, shall be said for this intention, that is, for Russia. Bishops and the clergy, both secular and religious, should be most zealous in giving notice of this to their people or to all who assist at Mass, and should frequently remind them of it."
In 1964 Pope Paul VI suppressed the Leonine Prayers. There were never used in the Ordinary form of the Roman Rite Mass and those using the Extraordinary form today should not be using them.
In origin the prayers were not originally for Russia, nor were they ever for the conversion of Russia to Latin Catholicism but that Christ "permit tranquillity and freedom to profess the faith to be restored to the afflicted people of Russia."
The Fatima prayer added to the Rosary has nothing at all to with Russia but with imploring mercy for all souls.
Why did Our Lady ask for Russia to be consecrated? Because the most powerful atheist goverment yet to exist was in control of her. It had nothing to do with the suffering faithful but the persecuting apostates.
As for Archbishop Sheen, I believe he hoped that just as Russian Orthodox were allowed to celebrate Liturgy in the Catholic Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, he would be able to celebrate Liturgy in the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Basil.
Fr. Deacon Lance