Friday, March 8, 2013
SOON AND VERY SOON HABEMUS PAPAM!
My crystal ball is sometimes fuzzy and not all things are clear until they are clear. So the conclave will begin this Tuesday, March 12th not the 13th as my crystal ball was really fuzzy at the time. However, as unclear as it still is, I still think I see in the future the pope being elected the next day, 03/13/13 or 13/03/13, whichever you like.
I also see a name for the new Holy Father coming to me, but it is like seeing letters at an eye exam with the fuzzy lens, so I can't be sure, but it seems like to me it is Pope Pius XIII! I wonder if that has anything to do with the date 03/13/13? Time will tell.
On Tuesday, we will celebrate our morning Mass at 8:00 AM as a “pro eligendo Romano Pontifice.” And certainly, no one needs to be clairvoyant like me or maybe not, or have a crystal ball to believe that we will have a new pope by the weekend of March 16/17. Therefore at all our weekend Masses that weekend, our recessional hymn will be "Long Live the Pope."
As well, we will dedicate our Solemn Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for our patron feast of the Universal Patron of the Church, Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 PM for the intentions of the Pope Pius XIII. The recessional to that Mass also will be "Long Live the Pope!"
Long live the Pope!
His praises sound
Again and yet again:
His rule is over space and time:
His throne the heart of men:
All hail! The Shepherd Pope of Rome,
The theme of loving song:
Let all the earth his glory sing
And heavn the strain prolong.
By the foes of earth,
Beset by hosts of hell,
He guards the loyal flock of Christ,
A watchful sentinel:
And yet, amid the din and strife,
The clash of mace and sword,
He bears alone the Shepherd Staff,
The champion of the Lord.
Then raise the chant,
With heart and voice,
In Church & school & home:
"Long live the Shepherd of the Flock!
Long live the Pope of Rome!"
Almighty Father bless his work,
Protect him in his ways,
Receive his prayer, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him length of days!