Friday, April 08, 2005

The Pope's Funeral in Guymon
For today's morning Mass (there were a few extra folks in attendance) I used the same readings that were used at the Vatican for Pope John Paul's funeral. I also used the same Mass texts from the Roman Missal (Sacramentary). In addition, at the end of Mass, kneeling before the exposed Blessed Sacrament (we have Adoration every Friday), I also used some of the commendation prayers and the chanted Litany of the Saints which were used at the Pope's funeral (I translated them from the Vatican web site which was kind enough to have the full program for the funeral posted in Latin and Italian). It was very moving and gave us some sense of participation in the Church's liturgical farewell to her Pope.

Currently in the church, Adoration continues until Benediction tonight at 10 p.m. I also have the CD "Abba Pater" over in the church, playing softly over the sound system -- it is at once both comforting and bittersweet to hear Papa's voice in the church playing from that CD.

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