NOVENA TO BLESSED JOHN PAUL II:
FOR A YEAR OF THANKSGIVING FOR HIS BEATIFICATION IN ROME ON A.D. MAY 1, 2011:
O Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for having given to The Church Pope John Paul II, and for having made him shine with Thy Fatherly Tenderness, The Glory of The Cross of Christ and The Splendor of The Spirit of Love. He, trusting completely in Thine Infinite Mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself in The Likeness of Jesus The Good Shepherd and has pointed out to us [that] holiness is the path to reach eternal communion with Thee.
Grant us, through his intercession, according to Thy Will, the grace, that we implore, in the hope that he will soon be numbered among Thy Saints. Amen.
The only places where parishes and churches can be named after Blessed John Paul without special Vatican permission are in the Diocese of Rome and the dioceses of Poland or other places, that have obtained specific Vatican permission to insert Pope John Paul’s October 22nd Feast in their liturgical calendar, the decree said. Outside Rome and Poland, bishops will have to file a formal request with the Vatican to receive permission to mark the feast day, the decree said. The local-only celebration of a Blessed’s Feast is one of the most noticeable differences between being beatified and being canonized, which makes universal public liturgical veneration possible. In the Diocese of Rome, where Pope John Paul served as Bishop, and in all of the dioceses of his native Poland, his Feast Day is to be inserted automatically into the annual calendar, the decree said. October 22nd was chosen, as the day to remember him, because it is the anniversary of the liturgical inauguration of his papacy in 1978. The text of the opening prayer for the Mass in honor of Blessed John Paul is:
“O God, Who Art Rich in Mercy and Who willed that Blessed John Paul II should preside as Pope over Thy Universal Church, grant, we pray, that, instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, The Sole Redeemer of mankind, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in Unity with The Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
(taken from: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1101438.htm)
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