TRIBUTE TO POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT
(2005 - Eternity)

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"In my Father's house there are many mansions... I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I shall go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself: that where I am, you also may be." - St. John 14:2-3

I will say of you what I once said of Mother Teresa:  Some consider your falling asleep "a great loss," yet you are still alive to us in the Body of Christ. And in some mysterious way you are now closer to us than you ever could have been before.

"We commend thee to Almighty God, dearly beloved Holy Father, and commit thee to His mercy whose creature thou art; that having paid the debt of humanity by passing through death, thou mayest return to the Maker, who formed thee out of the earth.  When, therefore, thy soul goeth forth from thy body, may the glorious company of Angels meet thee; may the council of the Apostles who shall judge the world greet thee; may the triumphant army of white-robed Martyrs come out to welcome thee; may the band of shining Confessors, crowned with lilies, encircle thee; may the choir of joyous Virgins receive thee; and unto the bosom of blessed rest may the embrace of the Patriarchs clasp thee; may St. Joseph, most consoling Patron of the dying, lift thee up in holy hope; may Mary, the holy Mother of God, mercifully turn her eyes upon thee, and may He award thee a place among those who stand before Him for ever...."

Did Blessed Teresa of Calcutta come to greet you, dear Papa?  Did St. Pio and all those you canonized and beatified lead you into glory?  Did you see your father, your mother, your brother, after being separated for so long?

"May the most clement Virgin Mary, Mother of God, loving consoler of the afflicted, commend to her Divine Son the soul of this her servant, Pope John Paul II, so that through her maternal intercession our dying brother may be freed from the terrors of death and in her company joyfully enter the desired heavenly home.
R. Amen."

Did the loving Mother of the Redeemer gently take you under her mantle?  She to whom you said "Totus Tuus!"  What a joy it must have been to finally see her.

"We fly to thee, St. Joseph, Patron of the dying, and we earnestly commend to thee, whom Jesus and Mary assisted at thy happy death by this twofold pledge most dear, the soul of this thy servant John Paul II, now in his last agony, so that under thy protection he may be freed from the snares of the devil and from everlasting death, thus reaching the eternal joys of Heaven.  Through the same Christ our Lord.
R. Amen."

Come to his assistance, ye Saints of God, come forth to meet him, ye Angels of the Lord; Receiving his soul: Offering it in the sight of the Most High.

Did St. Faustina come to welcome you at the gates? Did she invite you to spend the Feast of Divine Mercy in Heaven with her and Our Merciful Lord?

V. May Christ receive you, who hath called you, and may the Angels bear you into Abraham's bosom.
R. Receiving his soul: Offering it in the sight of the Most High.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
R. Offering it in the sight of the Most High.
V. Lord have mercy.
R. Christ have mercy.
V. Lord have mercy.

(Silently) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us.

V. And lead us not into temptation.
R. But deliver us from evil.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
V. From the gate of hell
R. Deliver his soul, O Lord.
V. May he rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer
R. And let my cry come unto You.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with you spirit.

Let us pray

To You, O Lord, do we commend the soul of Your servant, Pope John Paul II, that being dead to the world he may live unto You; and whatsoever sins he has committed through the frailty of his mortal nature, wash away by the pardon of Your most merciful love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

The cardinals say your last word was "Amen".  You ended your life with the same word that Christians and Jews use to end a prayer.  How fitting, for your earthly life had become a prayer.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

"I AM the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, even though he die, shall live; And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." - St John 14:25-26


(The text on this page is excerpted from the traditional Catholic Prayers for the Dying.)

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