Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw:
One like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
R. (1a and 9a) The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth. The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice; let the many islands be glad. Clouds and darkness are round about him, justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the LORD of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his justice, and all peoples see his glory. R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth. Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth, exalted far above all gods. R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
Reading 22 PT 1:16-19
Beloved: We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia. This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him. R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis sent a message on Saturday to Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, O.F.M., the Holy Father’s Special Envoy to the XVII National Eucharistic Congress in Brazil.
The Congress is set to be celebrated in the city of Belém on 15-21 August 2016, occurring during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Cardinal Hummes is accompanied by two clerics of the Archdioces of Belém:
1. Fr. Vladian Silva Alves: Canon of the Cathedral Chapter and Rector of the São Pio X Major Seminary
2. Fr. Ronaldo De Souza Menezes, Parish Priest of the São Geraldo Magela Parish and Director of the Museum of Sacred Art
The original Latin text of the Pope’s message is below:
Venerabili Fratri Nostro
Claudio S.R.E. Cardinali Hummes, O.F.M.
Archiepiscopo Emerito Sancti Pauli in Brasilia
Praefecto Emerito Congregationis pro Clericis
Nostro quoque tempore obsequentes mandato Domini Iesu: “Euntes in mundum universum praedicate Evangelium omni creaturae; qui crediderit et baptizatus fuerit, salvus erit” (Mc 16,15-16), novam evangelizationem universum per orbem terrarum dum fovere studemus, libenter recordamur praeteriti temporis eventus ad Evangelium nuntiandum pertinentes. In iis enim gratiam Dei contemplari possumus, qui copiosus in misericordia per saecula tot homines ad salutem in Christo consequendam vocavit.
Certiores ergo nuper facti de sollemni celebratione XVII Congressus Eucharistici Nationalis Brasiliae in urbe Belemensi, qua occasione memorantur etiam IV elapsa saecula ab urbe hac condita simulque ab inchoata regionis Amazoniae evangelizatione, Nos, summa cum animi consolatione, ibidem cum sacris pastoribus et christifidelibus coniuncti, Christo Iesu ante omnia debitas gratias agere cupimus atque iisdem animum addere Nostramque benevolentiam et spiritalem necessitudinem manifestare.
Quamobrem libenter accepimus postulatum Venerabilis Fratris Alberti Taveira Corrêa, Archiepiscopi Metropolitae Belemensis de Pará, qui humaniter poposcit ut Patrem Purpuratum illuc mitteremus ad Personam Nostram gerendam. Nos autem censemus hanc Legationem te optime esse exsecuturum, Venerabilis Fratris Noster, praestantissimum Pastorem ex Ordine Fratrum Minorum, Brasilianae Patriae totiusque Ecclesiae insignem Filium. Ideo Nostrum Missum Extraordinarium hisce Litteris te constituimus ad XVII Congressum Eucharisticum Nationalem Brasiliae in urbe Belemensi diebus XV-XXI mensis Augusti devote et congrue celebrandum.
Sacros Praesules, auctoritates civiles omnesque adstantes Nostro nomine comiter salutabis. In hac autem honorifica explenda missione sacris liturgicis ritibus praesidebis, sermone tuo Nostram ad mentem illustrabis praecipuorum eventuum momentum, caritatem pariter Nostram testaberis erga Amazoniae totiusque Brasiliae Pastores ac dilectas ecclesiales communitates. Fidem populi confirmans, de catechesi tradenda, oratione simul agenda et caritate cotidiana in vita exercenda recordans, magnum pondus extolles ecclesiae domesticae, id est familiae, ubi novae generationes christianorum et missionariorum nascuntur et educantur. Dum autem multi fideles, reconciliationis et Eucharistiae sacramentis receptis, Dominum Iesum in fractione panis agnoscentes (cfr Lc 24,31) pie adorabunt atque in processionibus Eum comitabuntur, cum fratribus in communione in unum mysticum Corpus Christi quod est Ecclesia coniuncti, Nos, in spiritu praesentes et magnopere laetantes, ad caritatem erga indigentiores enixe eos hortari cupimus: «ex mutuo etenim amore ac potissimum ex ipsa sollicitudine nostra erga egentes nos tamquam veri Christi discipuli agnoscemur» (S. Ioannes Paulus II, Mane nobiscum Domine, 28).
Cum ergo grato animo maturos fructus fidei apostolatusque Evangelii praeconum, comitante profecto divina gratia, mirantes contemplemur, Spiritum Sanctum supplices invocamus ut similiter nostra aetate plurimos sacerdotes, religiosos viros mulieresque et christifideles laicos ad evangelizationis operam ibi ferventer prosequendam compellere dignetur, intercedentibus Beatissima Virgine Maria de Nazaré omnibusque Sanctis, potissimum iis qui in Brasilia fidem in Christum vita et operibus nuntiaverunt. Denique Benedictionem Nostram Apostolicam imo ex corde tibi impertimus, quam cum omnibus adstantibus et per media communicationis coniunctis copiose participabis.
Ex Aedibus Vaticanis, die XV mensis Iulii, in die festo sancti Bonaventurae, anno MMXVI, Iubilaeo Misericordiae, Pontificatus Nostri quarto.