Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ.—Eucharistic Prayer II.
And you so loved the world, Father most holy, that in the fullness of time you sent your Only Begotten Son to be our Savior. Made incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, he shared our human nature in all things but sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation, to prisoners, freedom, and to the sorrowful of heart, joy.—Eucharist Prayer IV.
Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion, the Resurrection from the dead, and the glorious Ascension into heaven of Christ, your Son, our Lord, we, your servants and your holy people, offer to your glorious majesty, from the gifts that you have given us, this pure victim, this holy victim, this spotless victim, the holy Bread of eternal life and the Chalice of everlasting salvation.—Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I).
Therefore, O Lord, we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son, his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven, and as we look forward to his second coming, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.—Eucharistic Prayer III.
In our communion with Christ, the only Son of the living God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity Who is God the Son, we, in the Holy Spirit, are in communion with the Church on earth and throughout eternity.
- Jesus, the principal actor in the Mass, begins the Liturgy through His priest with the Sign of His victory over death, the Sign of the Cross.
- Jesus forgives our venial sins during the Penitential Act.
- Jesus is present to the assembly gathered in His name.
- Jesus speaks through the reading of Holy Scripture and in His Holy Gospel.
- Jesus, present in His priest, transforms the bread and wine into His very Body and Blood during the consecration.
- Jesus remembers us to the Father in the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus gives Himself to us in Holy Communion.
- Jesus blesses us and sends us forth to invite everyone to an intimate communion with Him in His Church.
- Jesus guides and protects the Supreme Pontiff and He gives His Spirit to protect the Catholic Church in Her mission to save souls.
This year on November 11th, our national memory will be saturated with the loss of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. We honour them by remembering them. Let us honour the Son of God Whose sacrifice makes possible their and our entry into heaven.In Canada, we have Remembrance Day, the day on which we recall the sacrifices made by the brave members of our armed services who have given their lives in defence of freedom: soldiers, sailors, airmen, doctors and nurses. My British mother referred to the Day as Armistice Day, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in 1918 when 'the war to end all wars', World War I, came to an end. Every year we attended with mom the November 11th ceremony at the cenotaph, rain or,... well, rain. Civilians wore a red poppy on their coats near the heart. Hymns accompanied by the cadet band were sung. A trumpet would sound; a silence would descend. A formidable blast from a howitzer that typically shattered more than a few windows, followed by the trumpet, would signal the end of the silence. Prayers were said. Real prayers, not politically correct prayers sanitized of any reference to Christ. As the names of fallen soldiers were read aloud above a military band accompaniment, wreaths were laid before the monument to the memory of the young men of our small town who gave their lives in service to God and country. Before and after the ceremony, young cadets marched alongside members of various active regiments and veterans in a fitting tribute to the fallen. Old men, chests decorated with medals testifying to their bravery, marched. The sacrifices made by the veterans of the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War, along with the supreme sacrifice made by their fallen comrades who stood against tyranny, reminded us that peace and the dignity of man require defence. That defence is continued by our current security and armed forces. We pray for their safety.
though we have strayed from Your Law,
look not on our sins but on the faith of Your Church
and have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Watch over those who defend our nation,
our brave brothers and sisters who defend freedom at home and abroad.
Your Son, our Lord, taught us that peacemakers are blessed.
May we always defend the weak and innocent
and oppose with every just means of defence those who threaten peace.
May Your Holy Spirit guide and protect us from every danger, spiritual and temporal.
In Jesus' name. Amen.