Prayer For Canonization Of Pope John Paul Ii

We praise you and we bless you, good and gracious God,
for giving us Saints John XXIII and John Paul II
to be our brothers on the path of holiness
and examples of hope and light for the world.
Let their courage embolden us,
their missionary zeal for the Gospel inspire us,
and their contagious joy be ours
as we continue their work of preaching the good news
to a world in need of your divine mercy and love.

Saint John XXIII, pray for us!
Saint John Paul II, pray for us!
Blessed be God, for ever!

O, 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.

O St. John Paul, from heaven's window, where we see you next to Mary, send God's blessing down upon us all. Amen.

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.

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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.

Teach us, too, we pray,
Humility so that we may
Be among the humble to whom the Father
In the Gospel promised
To reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom.
Teach us the look of faith that will help us recognize
The face of Jesus Himself in the poor and suffering.
Support us in our hours of trouble
And trial and, should we fall,
Let us feel the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness.
Teach us tender devotion
Towards Maria, mother of Christ and our Mother.
Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage
Towards the blessed Homeland,
Where we, too, hope to arrive
To contemplate eternally
The Glory of the Father,
The Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Almighty God and Creator, we give you thanks for your son and servant, Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II. Through your grace he made his life a magnificent example of service to you and to the Church throughout the world. Tirelessly, he took the message of peace and love to the far corners of the earth. His energy and joy inspired young people and people of all ages to follow in the path of Jesus. He missed no opportunity to affirm the dignity of all persons and to promote human rights. You called him to be a great leader, shepherd and teacher. He led us as a model, not only of strength but of vulnerability and suffering. We are grateful for the life of Saint John Paul II and for his canonization. We pray in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.