Saturday, April 02, 2005

Vere Papa mortuus est

In Latin, "The Pope has truly died," are the words that the Cardinal Camerlengo Eduardo Martinez Somalo pronounces to verify the death of Pope John Paul II.

Psalm 130 is also recited by the Camerlengo: "Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. ..."

Any prelates present with the Pope when he dies join together in saying, "Subvénite, Sancti Dei; occúrrite, Angeli Domini: Suscipientes animam eius. Offerentes eam in conspectu Altissimi." ("Come to his aid, Saints of God; race to meet him, Angels of the Lord: Receive his soul and present it in the presence of the Most High.")

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jesus for this Pope

Landon Howell said...

The Bible says that when we are on Earth... we are away from our home.

The Pope is home.

Anonymous said...

I am a southern Baptist, but still respect the loss of this great religous leader. His passing is a great loss to the entire world.

Annie said...

C.S. Lewis said, on Life on Earth compared to Heaven:

"Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns [a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bath or a football match], but will not encourage us to mistake them for home."

http://reflections.gospelcom.net/writings.php?writings_id=79

Godspeed, John Paul. We love you, we know you have received your well-earned reward, but we grieve for ourselves: to lose you at a time when we need you more than ever.

Anonymous said...

Godspeed - it is a very sad day - but also a hopeful one. The Holy Father is at peace; he is home. I am proud to be Catholic; humbled to have met the Pope; blessed to have life. It is such a loss for the world; such an emotional time. Blessings and prayers to everyone.

Anonymous said...

Our Dear John Paul,

Few men reach such great heights. Fewer men are so loved. We, the children of the Fisherman,wait in peace...Until we met again, smile on us.

Anonymous said...

This Pope represented what is the best about Humanity. Lets honor His Holiness by making Earth gentlier and kindlier place to live...

Anonymous said...

John Paul II was a truly great man!

DonaldGuatemala said...

Thank you John Paul II for guiding us to God! You were a true follower of Jesus! May a flight of Angels carry You to Him! The World misses you already

Anonymous said...

Holy Father We Loved you and we still do. You were a great Man and Leader.

Hayr Armenag Bedrossian

Anonymous said...

We are all here with the same purpose, that is to be with God in the next life We will greatly miss our Holy Father and the sadness we feel is for our loss. Sure JP II is with Our Lord, he has triumphed over death and for that we celebrate and pray for his successor.

Anonymous said...

He was truly an amazing man. I dont think we will have another person like him in our lifetime. May you rest in peace, God bless you and thank you for the gift of John Paul II

Anonymous said...

Holy Father, You performed well your duties in this life and we trust that you leave us to go to a place where division and seperation are no more, a place where all the opposites are reunited into one. Amen.

Kris said...

I personally am not Catholic but I did and always will have a great respect and adoration for Pope John Paul II. He was a great man in this world and a true man of God. My motto in life is to treat others with the same respect that you desire and you will be blessed. Help those in need just because you can not for personal gain and good will always befall you. I saw him do alot of good in my lifetime and I would hope to think that he taught us all a lesson or two in his journey here on earth. I hope that all the true followers of the Pope learn to live as he lived. Peace be unto everyone.

Anonymous said...

It has never ceased to amaze me what we take for granted. As a non Catholic, to me, "Il Papa," was my vision of what Jesus Christ was when he himself, roamed the earth. As I too, age, religion has come more and more into my focus. With the death of "Il Papa," my belief in the Lord has been both bolstered and strengthened. Seeing this great man every day for the past twenty five years, it never dawned upon me that someday, he too, would return to the Father who placed him in our own good graces. Seeing him carried through the multitudes, it became crystal clear, that death is not the end of anyone's life so much as it is a celebration of it. I felt comforted in knowing that the holy Father was in heaven soon after his soul left his diseased racked body. A man so great, should never suffer so much as he did the past five or six years.

I took great comfort in the dignity of the man when I read that he was ready to enter the kingdom we know as heaven. John Paul died with the dignity all of us can hope to look forward to when our lives finish their designed paths by God the Father. John Paul did not fear his death. He taught us by virtue of his own strength that death is nothing to be feared or saddened about. Rather, we should be joyous in our belief that we are simply leaving one plane, only to enter another plane in which we will be with Jesus.

Father in heaven, thank you for allowing us to endear ourselves to your faithful servant, John Paul. Thank you for allowing all mankind to learn from this gracious, spiritual, religious intellectual about the true human condition. And Father, welcome this faithful servant into your house in which he has prepared for so faithfully and dutifully. Let all mankind carry his message of decency, compassion and love for all mankind. Let all mankind learn what John Paul's message truly was.

In the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy spirit, amen. Go in peace, Holy Father, John Paul.