Today following yesterday’s canonizations of Pope St John XXIII and Pope St John Paul II in Rome by His Holiness Pope Francis in the presence of His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and many world leaders, what looked like the entire college of cardinals, many archbishops, bishops, monsignori, priests, deacons, seminarians, and several hundreds of thousands of the faithful, our Presiding Archbishop celebrated a solemn Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary in thanksgiving assisted by Bishop Michael. Following Mass, in addition to the Regina Cæli, the Te Deum was sung.
Sancte Ioanne XXIII, ora pro nobis.
Sancte Ioanne Paule II, ora pro nobis.
Archiepiscopal degree following the canonizations
The Presiding Archbishop has decreed that the Feast Days will be celebrated on October 11th for Pope St John XXIII, and October 22nd for Pope St John Paul II, both First Class Feasts and using the Common of One Supreme Pontiff (Missale Romanum 1962, Missa Si diligis me (2). The liturgical texts to be used at Mass according to the 1970 Missal and its subsequent revisions will be advised in due course. Red vestments to be used when celebrating in either form as with Feasts for all Canonized Popes.
Speaking this evening from Bedford, Archbishop Peter said,
“I earnestly ask that all priests and members of the National Catholic Church of the UK and Ireland pray this prayer in Christian solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Belfast.”
The Prayer for Peace
God of love whose love streams unceasingly and relentlessly to all, we cry to you for our city. We pray for peace on our streets, for economic well-being, for understanding across our differences. Build us as one community, though diverse, that being reconciled to you we might be reconciled to one another. Lord, turn our hearts to you that your glory might dwell in this city. We pray this in the name of Jesus who is Lord of all. Amen.
Our Blessed Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for the people of Belfast.
The date for Fr Michael’s consecration is yet to be set.
Please pray for him as he prepares for his new responsibilities.
Until his consecration, Fr Michael will be known as the Bishop-Elect of Hibernia and The Isles. Archbishop Davies also appointed Fr Michael as domestic prelate and apostolic adminstrator of the Diocese of Scotia.