Pope John Paul being beatified today

Today, 1st May, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify his predecessor Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

At 9:00am – there will be an hour of preparation during which the faithful shall pray together the Devotion of Divine Mercy, which was introduced by St. Mary Faustina Kowalska and was dear to Blessed John Paul II. The preparation will conclude with an invocation to the Mercy of God in the world, with the hymn “Jezu ufam tobie” (Jesus, I trust in you).

Directly following will be Holy Mass, with the readings of the Sunday after Easter. At the end of the rite of beatification, when the tapestry depicting the newly Blessed is unveiled, the Hymn of the Blessed will be sung in Latin. At the end of the Mass, a reliquary of John Paul II will be brought to the altar for the veneration of all the faithful.

The Mass of Thanksgiving (Monday 2 May, in St. Peter’s Square at 10:30am) will be presided over by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and will be preceded by an hour of preparation during which some of John Paul II’s poetry will be recited by two actors, a Polish and an Italian.

The Eucharistic celebration will be enlivened by the Choir of the Diocese of Rome with the participation of the Choir of Warsaw and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Radio of Katowice, Poland.