Beatification celebrates John Paul II's impact on the Church and the world


John Paul II Beatification Program News Story
Pope John Paul II, June 2004.

The full program of John Paul II's beatification will 'emphasise the richness of John Paul II's personality, and the impact of his pontificate on the life of the diocese of Rome and on the whole world', according to the Vatican.


The Vigil celebration, to be held at the ancient Circus Maximus in Rome from 8pm to 10.30pm Rome time (4am to 6.30am Sydney time), will be divided into two parts. The first part will be dedicated to remembering the words and actions of John Paul II followed by a solemn procession during which the image of Maria Salus Populi Romani will be enthroned. This first part of the celebrations will be concluded with the hymn 'Totus tuus', composed for the 50th anniversary of John Paul's priestly ordination.

The second part of the Vigil will focus on the celebration of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, which were introduced by John Paul II and conclude with Benedict XVI reciting the final oration and impart the apostolic blessing to all participants, in live transmission from the Apostolic Palace.

Mass of Beatification

The Mass of Beatification on Sunday 1 May (Divine Mercy) will be officiated by the Holy Father in St Peter's Square from 10am Rome time (6pm Sydney time).

The solemn liturgy of beatification shall be preceded by an hour of preparation during which the faithful will pray together the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a devotion introduced by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska and dear to the Blessed John Paul II.

The preparation will conclude with an Invocation to Mercy in the world, with the hymn 'Jezu ufam tobie'. This will be followed by Mass, with the texts for the Sunday after Easter. At the end of the rite of beatification, the unveiling of the tapestry depicting the newly Blessed shall be accompanied by the Hymn to the Blessed in Latin.

Mass of Thanksgiving

The Mass of Thanksgiving will be held in St Peter's Square on Monday 2 May at 10.30am Rome time (6.30pm Sydney time), officiated by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.

The Mass will be the first celebrated in honour of the newly Blessed John Paul II.

The texts shall be those of the Mass of the Blessed John Paul II. Music during the celebrations shall be provided by the Choir of the Diocese of Rome, with the participation of the Choir of Warsaw and the Wadowice Symphony Orchestra, Poland.

Altar of Confession

On the evening of Friday 29 April, the tomb of the Blessed Pope Innocent XI - currently in the Chapel of St Sebastian in St Peter's Basilica - shall be transferred to the Altar of Transfiguration, to make way for the body of John Paul II.

That morning, the coffin of John Paul II (which will not be opened) will be transferred before the tomb of St Peter, in the Vatican grotto. On the morning of 1 May, it will be brought before the Altar of Confession in the Basilica.

Following the beatification ceremony, the Pope and the concelebrating cardinals will make their way to the Altar of Confession in the Basilica and will pray for a moment before the body of the newly Blessed.


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