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Five Years Ago Today

08-APR-2005: The Funeral of Blessed Pope John Paul II

None of us can ever forget how in that last Easter Sunday of his life, the Holy Father, marked by suffering, came once more to the window of the Apostolic Palace and one last time gave his blessing “urbi et orbi.” We can be sure that our beloved Pope is standing today at the window of the Father’s house, that he sees us and blesses us. Yes, bless us, Holy Father. We entrust your dear soul to the Mother of God, your Mother, who guided you each day and who will guide you now to the eternal glory of her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

– Cardinal Ratzinger’s Homily at John Paul II’s Funeral Mass


Solar eclipses took place both on the day he was born and the day of his funeral.

For reflection:

Cardinal Ratzinger’s Homily at John Paul II’s Funeral Mass


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Five Years Ago Today

The death of Pope John Paul II.

John Paul II prays at the site of his tomb 1983

On Saturday April 2, we arrived at St. Peter’s Square at about 11:30 pm. A prayer service began shortly after midnight. The Scripture readings were taken from the Feast of Divine Mercy, which is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter and was made a feast day by John Paul II, taking his inspiration from Saint Faustina Kowalska, a nun who lived in Krakow and died in 1937. The double coincidence that the Pope has died on a First Saturday and on the vigil of the Feast of Divine Mercy which he instituted is truly remarkable. I take it as a sign that the Lord has chosen the exact moment when he wanted to take John Paul II to himself.

–  Remembrance of Father Peter Mitchell, a priest in Rome

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Pope Benedict XVI in rose vestments on Laetare Sunday, 26 March 2006

From the Catholic Encyclopedia:

Laetare Sunday – The fourth, or middle, Sunday of Lent, so called from the first words of the Introit at Mass, “Laetare Jerusalem” — “Rejoice, O Jerusalem”. During the first six or seven centuries the season of Lent commenced on the Sunday following Quinquagesima, and thus comprised only thirty-six fasting days. To these were afterwards added the four days preceding the first Sunday, in order to make up the forty days’ fast, and one of the earliest liturgical notices of these extra days occurs in the special Gospels assigned to them in a Toulon manuscript of 714.

Strictly speaking, the Thursday before Laetare Sunday is the middle day of Lent, and it was at one time observed as such, but afterwards the special signs of joy permitted on this day, intended to encourage the faithful in their course through the season of penance, were transferred to the Sunday following. They consist of (like those of Gaudete Sunday in Advent) in the use of flowers on the altar, and of the organ at Mass and Vespers; rose-coloured vestments also allowed instead of purple, and the deacon and subdeacon wear dalmatics, instead of folded chasubles as on the other Sundays of Lent. The contrast between Laetare and the other Sundays is thus emphasized, and is emblematical of the joys of this life, restrained rejoicing mingled with a certain amount of sadness.

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Father Kevin, O.P. attended the Papal Mass in Israel today. In reading his description on the Shrewd Fish blog, I was struck by the broad international flavor of the event described by Father Kevin:

  1. An American
  2. Dominican studying sacred scripture in
  3. Hebrew,
  4. Latin and
  5. Greek, at a
  6. French school in
  7. Jerusalem Israel, travels to see
  8. German Pope Benedict XVI from
  9. Rome Italy celebrate the Holy Mass with a homily in
  10. English. Before the Mass, the
  11. Arab
  12. Catholic
  13. Scouts of Jerusalem
  14. Bagpipe and Drum Band, dressed like
  15. Zouaves,  marched and played to welcome the Holy Father.

That’s what I call Universal!

The Arab Catholic Scouts of Jerusalem number about 3,000 members, and are sponsored by the Latin Parish of Jerusalem. They have a great band. Their 2009 Scout Sunday was impressive. Here’s video from their 2007 Palm Sunday celebration:

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Papal Visit via Church Signs

Blogger Kansas City Catholic has a cool photo essay on the Papal Visit via Church Signs.

Check it out!

Hat tip to Father Z.

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Papal Altar, Nationals Stadium, Washington DC. Image by Thomas Peters

Papal Altar, Nationals Stadium, Washington DC.

Image by Thomas Peters, American Papist

Notice the feeling of verticality created with this installation.

BTW: Mr. Peters is doing a great job on covering the papal visit. Check out his blog.

Check out the feature story on the students at Catholic University of America who designed the 10-by-4-foot papal altar used by Pope Benedict XVI at the Mass in Washington, D.C.

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Welcome Holy Father!

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