Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy feast day ... of Bl. John Paul II!

Last November, the USCCB approved the country-wide celebration of Bl. John Paul II's feast day on Oct. 22.  Typically, a beatified person's feast is limited to celebration in his home diocese or other place of particular importance to the  beatified in question.  Last year, Bl. John Paul II's first feast was not an officially recognized day in the United States.  

The approved-prayer for Masses celebrating his feast is:

O God, who are rich in mercy
and who willed that the blessed John Paul the Second
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.

Happy feast day, or as a friend texted me in Polish today: Szczęśliwy dzień święto!

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