Feast of the Annunciation

Today is the transferred Solemnity of the Annunciation. One thinks of the pope’s motto “Totus Tuus” referring to his total devotion to Mary as his body is displayed for the public to view in St. Peter’s on this day. One also thinks of this day being the feast of the annunciation of the Lord’s first coming and as the entire world focuses on the Church today…is this a universal manifestation…an annunciation of the second coming….”to prepare the world for my final coming”?

There are plenty of atheist sites that can detail how many times people have announced the Lord’s coming and been wrong. One of the things these sites detail is how the linkage of Good Friday with the Annunciation was thought to signal the end, but we know that Our Lord said “you know neither the day nor the hour,” therefore “keep watch, be ready.” It isn’t something to predict but it is something to be prepared for….and I do think that the death of John Paul will lead to many people being prepared…at least for a few weeks.

I wonder how many, like myself are already asking the intercession of John Paul?

Rite of Committal on Friday, Burial at St. Peter’s

There had been some speculation that he would be buried in Poland…

From Tampa Bay Online:

Pope John Paul II’s funeral will be held Friday morning, and his remains will be interred in the grotto of St. Peter’s Basilica where pontiffs throughout the ages have been laid to rest, the Vatican said Monday.

Chief spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the announcement after the College of Cardinals met for 2 1/2 hours in its first gathering since the pope’s death and ahead of a secret vote later this month to elect a successor to John Paul.

Navarro-Valls said the basilica would remain open overnight except for three hours for cleaning every night this week to accommodate the thousands of mourners.

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