By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
4/30/2014 (1 year ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Last week the official prayers for Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII were released by the Vatican and distributed to worshipers at the canonization Mass.
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The prayer cards for Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII have been released in Italian and are presently being translated and published in all languages. Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the Papal Vicar, said there were no plans for official translations yet, so the translations below are "unofficial" but should be quite accurate.
For the time, you can get your own saints medals commemorating this historic canonization, while they remain in stock. Prayer cards in English will also be forthcoming in the weeks ahead from Catholic Shopping .com.
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Official Prayer to St. John Paul II
Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan's assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.
Oh St. John Paul, from heaven's window, where we see you next to Mary, send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.
Official Prayer to St. John XXIII
Dear Pope John,
Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people's hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes.
With outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God's footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good.
You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities.
With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears.
Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen.
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