Memorial of Blessed John Paul II

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
October 22 is the first time for the faithful to commemorate the memory of Blessed John Paul II. This is the day he was installed as the supreme pontiff in 1978 and assumed full official duties. On the liturgical calender this is the day for his memorial. April 2, the day of his death and birth into eternal life (dies natalis), would fall in Lent or on important Easter events and so that date is not really suitable for the memorial. He was elected to the papacy on October 16th 1978. The elected candidate becomes pope as soon as he accepts the office. October 16th is the memorial of St. Hedwig (1174-1243) of Silesia/Andachs, so that day is not the best. (Note: In 1997 John Paul II canonized St Hedwig, Queen of Poland, d. 1399; she was the patron of the School of Theology in Krakow). Thus, this day, October 22, the day of John Paul II’s installation, we are given to commemorate the memorial of Blessed John Paul II.

Members of the John Paul II Forum will participate in a morning Mass in his honor at the Dominican Priory in Houston Texas. We will pray for the Church and all for all readers of this blog, supporters of the Forum and all the faithful who continue to learn from him and seek his assistance.

We should meditate on the readings for the day and offer thanks for the life and ministry of Blessed John Paul II. Here are the readings for Mass:

First reading: Is 52: 7-10

Psalm 96 (95)

Second reading: Ep 4:1-7, 11-13

Alleluia Jn 10:14

Gospel: John 21:15-17

Opening Prayer:

O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as Pope over your 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 you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

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