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 The Birth Centenary of Pope St. John Paul II

Song For Karol - A moving tribute to Pope John Paul II by Mark Mallett with Raylene Scarrott. 

Litany to St. John Paul II

Kyrie eleison, Christ eleison, Kyrie eleison
Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us.
Father of Heaven, God – have mercy on us.
Son, Redeemer of the world, God – have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit – have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God – have mercy on us.
Holy Mary – pray for us.

St. John Paul II – pray for us
Immersed in the Father rich in mercy
United with Christ, the Redeemer of man
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of life
Completely devoted to Mary
Friend of the saints and blessed
Successor of Peter and the servant of servants of God
Guardian of the Church, teaching the truths of faith
Father of the Council and Executor of its indications
Supporting the unity of Christians and the whole human family
Zealous Lover of the Eucharist
Tireless Pilgrim of the earth
Missionary of all nations
Witness of faith, hope, and love
Participant persistent in sufferings of Christ
Apostle of reconciliation and peace
Promoter of the civilization of love
Propagator of new evangelization
Master, calling us to sail into the deep
Teacher showing us holiness as a measure of life
Pope of Divine Mercy
High Priest gathering the Church for sacrificing
Shepherd leading the flock to Heaven
Brother and Master of priests
Father of consecrated persons
Patron of Christian families
Strengthening spouses
Defender of the unborn
Protector of children orphans and abandoned
Friend and Teacher of the youth
Good Samaritan for the suffering
Support for the elderly and lonely
Propagator of the truth about the dignity of man
Man of prayer immersed in God
Lover of the liturgy sacrificing at the altars of the world
The personification of hard work
Love in the cross of Christ
Implementing your vocation properly
Patient in suffering
Example of life and death for the Lord
Reprimanding sinners
Showing the way to the misguided
Forgiving wrong-doers
Respecting opponents and persecutors
Spokesman and Defender of the persecuted
Supporting the unemployed
Concerned about the homeless
Visiting prisoners
Supporting the weak
Teaching everybody solidarity

Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – Spare us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – Hear us, Lord.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – Have mercy on us.

Pray for us, St. John Paul, so that we would proclaim to the world with life and words
Christ the Redeemer of man.

Let us pray:
Merciful God, accept our thanksgiving
For the gift of St. John Paul’s II apostolic life and mission
And through his intercession, please, help us grow in love for you
And proclaim boldly the love of Christ to all people.
Through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.

The Litany has imprimatur of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Cracow from 12 April 2011.

 

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Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

We begin the sixth week of Easter and the scriptures remain full of the discovery of the Spirit’s presence in the life of the early Church.   We are reminded too of the significance of the sacrament of Confirmation in our own lives with these readings.

In John’s gospel, Jesus tells us he will be leaving them soon, but that he will ask the Father to send another Paraclete…the world will not accept this Paraclete because it neither sees nor knows him, but we will know him, because he is with us, he is in us.  When we first read this passage we pause to think about the two groups of people Jesus is referring to and we wonder which group represents our acceptance of God’s Spirit?   How easy it is to feel part of "the world" that Jesus spoke about.  The world that will not accept the Spirit of God, because it cannot see him.  We think, are we not part of the world that cannot see Jesus?   We rely on one of our senses every moment of every day, to relay the experience of that moment to our consciousness.

But we find we cannot rely on our first reaction.  Somewhere deep inside of us we know exactly what John 14:16 & 17 is saying for we DO KNOW JESUS, even though we can’t completely explain the knowledge.  Our reflection reveals that while we may not know him as we know ourselves, neither can we deny that we do know him.  Our understanding of Christ has been growing each year even though we weren’t conscious of this increased understanding.  Jesus told us in John 14:21 "Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love them and reveal myself to them."  He has been revealing himself to us all the while.

In Acts we find Philip preaching the good news to a Samaritan town who accepts the Word of God and Peter and John are sent to pray and lay hands on the people to receive the Holy Spirit.  This is the experience so many of us have had when we received the sacrament of Confirmation.  We didn’t feel anything different in our lives so the gift lie dormant for many years, as we took the gift for granted.  The reason we know Jesus, is not because we've seen him, but because the Spirit has revealed Him to us.

By Deb Fortina

 

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)