Lead, kindly Light

Pope Benedict leaves on Thursday for his voyage to Scotland and England, culminating in the beatification of John Henry Newman next Sunday in Birmingham.The Vatican website has posted the Program and the Missal for the liturgical celebrations.I transcribe the Opening Prayer of the Beatification Mass as well as the Prayer after Communion. Some may desire to join in prayer in preparation and anticipation of the joyful day:

O God, who bestowed on the Priest Blessed John Henry Newmanthe grace to follow your kindly light and find peace in your Church;graciously grant that, through his intercession and example,we may be led out of shadows and images into the fullness of your truth.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reignswith you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.Lord, by the power of this sacrament and the exampleof Blessed John Henry Newman, guide us always in your love.May the good work you have begun in us reach perfection in the day of Christ Jesus, who is Lord for ever and ever.

Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is the author of Rekindling the Christic Imagination.

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