V. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord R. And let perpetual light shine upon him. V. May he rest in peace. R. Amen.
Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the soul of your departed servant Francis cardinal George the remission of all his sins, that through our pious supplication he may obtain that pardon which he has always desired; who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
May the divine assistance remain always with us + and may his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. R. Amen.
“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.” – Francis Cardinal George.
It was with great sadness that this blogger learned of the passing of Francis Cardinal George OMI. As a life long Chicagoan, not to mention a product of the city’s Catholic school system (K through B.Sc.), I still vividly remember the dark days of the Catholic Church in Chicago, the period between the passing of John Cardinal Cody and the appointment of Cardinal George.
With respect to the man himself, I consider Cardinal George a man of good will and an exemplary transitional figure that guided the Catholic Church in Chicago and in the United States from the post-conciliar “neo-modernist theology of death” back onto the road of the ONE TRUE FAITH, the FAITH that was given by Our Lord to His apostles and handed down through the generation of Faithful. In another era, Cardinal George would have been a GREAT CARDINAL. Having said that, I think posterity will be…
A fine statement of faith in Christ’s resurrection, often heard at Easter (Pascha) in Orthodox Churches
Devout and God-loving people, enjoy this kind and bright festival. Wise people, come and share joy with your Lord. You who have laboured in fasting, receive your deserved reward.
You who have laboured from the first hour, come to the festival now! You who came at the third hour, rejoice! You who lingered until the sixth hour, celebrate! You who came at the ninth hour, do not be sad! You who managed to come only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed by your lateness. No-one will be deprived of heavenly joy.
For our Lord is generous. He welcomes those who come last in the same way as those who come first. He is grateful to the first and rejoices in the last. He consoles those who came at the last hour, as if they had laboured from the first hour. He gives to everyone: those who laboured and those who wanted to labour. He receives the service and kisses the intention.
He values the deed and praises the desire. All of you enter into the joy of the Lord: First and last, receive the reward! Wealthy and poor, rejoice with one another! Diligent and lazy, celebrate the festival! Those who have fasted and those who have not, be glad together.
The feast is abundant, eat your fill! All of you enjoy the wealthy banquet of the faith and mercy of God. Let no-one go away hungry or offended. Let no-one be sad about their poverty, for the kingdom is now here for everyone.
Let no-one weep over their sins, for forgiveness for all has burst with light from the grave. Let no-one be afraid of death, for the death of Jesus has freed us all.
Embraced by death, He subdued death. Having descended into hell, He took hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of his flesh.
Isaiah prophesied: “Hell was troubled, having met You in the underworld!” Hell was in mourning, for it was abolished! Hell was distressed, for it was condemned! Hell was impoverished, for it was deposed! Hell was destroyed, for it was bound!
It took on a body, and touched God. It took on the earth, and met heaven. It took what it saw, and fell to where it did not expect! Death! Where is your sting? Hell! Where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are brought down. Christ is risen, and the demons have fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life triumphs. Christ is risen, and there are no dead in the grave. Christ has risen from the dead, become the firstborn of those who sleep and set into motion the resurrection of all. To Him be glory now and forever. Amen! – Source: http://www.earlychurchtexts.com/public/john_chrysostom_easter_sermon.htm
The Paschal homily or sermon (also known in Greek as Hieratikon or as the Catechetical Homily) of St John Chrysostom (d. 407 CE) is read aloud on the morning of Pascha (a.k.a. “Easter” in the West), called “the Great and Holy Pascha of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ” in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite. According to the Tradition of the Church, no one sits during the reading of the Paschal homily. Portions of it are often done with the interactive participation of the congregation. – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paschal_Homily.