NOVENDIALI, NINE DAYS OF MOURNING FOR POPE
VATICAN CITY, APR 7, 2005 (VIS) -
Archbishop Piero Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of
the Supreme Pontiff, has published a note on the "novendiali" or
period of nine days of official mourning for the late Pope John Paul
II, explaining the background and indicating the dates, times and
principal celebrants of each of the nine Masses.
The communique states that "according
to an ancient custom, for nine consecutive days there are special
Eucharistic celebrations for the repose of the soul of the deceased
Roman Pontiff, starting with the funeral Mass which is determined by
the Congregation of Cardinals (cf. Universi Dominici gregis, n. 13
"Each day the celebration is open to
everyone. It is, however, entrusted each day to a different group,
taking into account that group's links with the Roman Pontiff. This
variety of the congregation shows in a certain way both the milieu
of the Supreme Pastor as well as the universality of the Church of
Rome (Ordo Exsequiarum Romani Pontifici, n. 133)."
"The funeral Mass for the Supreme
Pontiff John Paul II will take place April 8 at 10 a.m. in St.
Peter's Square whereas in the Vatican Basilica, from the 9th to the
16th of April, the novendiali celebrations for the repose of the
soul of the deceased Pope, will continue in the following manner:
Day 1: Funeral Mass
Day 2: Saturday, April 9, at 5
p.m.: For the faithful of Vatican City: The concelebration will be
presided over by Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of the
Patriarchal Vatican Basilica.
Day 3: Sunday, April 10, 5
p.m. For the Church of Rome. Mass presided over by Cardinal Camillo
Ruini, vicar general for the diocese of Rome, and concelebrated by
the clergy of Rome.
Day 4: Monday, April 11, 5
p.m. For the Chapters of the Patriarchal Basilicas. The
concelebration will be presided by Cardinal Bernard Francis Law,
archbishop emeritus of Boston and archpriest of the Patriarchal
Basilica of St Mary Major.
Day 5: Tuesday, April 12, 5
p.m. Cappella Papale. Mass to be presided over by Cardinal Eugenio
de Araujo Sales, archbishop emeritus of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de
Janeiro, proto-priest of the College of Cardinals.
Day 6: Wednesday, April 13, 5
p.m. For the Roman Curia. Concelebration will be presided over by
Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for General Affairs of the
Secretariat of State.
Day 7: Thursday, April 14, 5
p.m. For the Oriental Churches. Divine Liturgy in the Oriental Rite
to be presided over by His Beatitude Pierre Nasrallah Sfeir,
patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites.
Day 8: Friday, April 15, 5
p.m. For members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
Apostolic Life. Mass presided over by Archbishop Piergiorgio Silvano
Nesti, emeritus of Camerino-San Severino Marche, secretary of the
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
Day 9: Saturday, April 16,
Cappella Papale. The concelebration will be presided by Cardinal
Jorge Arturo Medina Estevez, prefect emeritus of the Congregation
for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments,
proto-deacon of the College of Cardinals.
All cardinals are invited to
concelebrate in the Cappelle Papali on April 8, 12 and 16."
PRESIDENT BUSH LEADS
US DELEGATION TO FUNERAL
Vatican, Apr. 07 (CWNews.com) -
President George W. Bush lead an official delegation of American
mourners in prayer over the mortal remains of Pope John Paul II on
Wednesday, April 6, in St. Peter's Basilica.
President Bush and his wife Laura
flew from Washington to Rome, then traveled to the Vatican to pay
their respects. They were accompanied by the President's father,
former President George H. W. Bush, and another former US President,
Bill Clinton. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was also in the
Late Wednesday evening, Vatican
security officials temporarily halted the long line of mourners--
some of whom had waited 15 hours outside the basilica-- to allow the
American delegation to approach the Pope's body. The crowd stirred
noticeably with surprise as the three US presidents appeared. All
three US leaders will remain in Rome to attend the funeral on April
President Bush will be the first
American President ever to attend a papal funeral. The only Catholic
ever to head the US government, John F. Kennedy, did not attend the
funeral of Pope John XXIII in 1963. President Jimmy Carter sent his
wife to represent him at the funeral of Pope Paul VI, and his mother
to the funeral of Pope John Paul I.