Thursday, November 8, 2018

Saint November 9 : Saint John Lateran : Dedication of the Basilica

Feast Day:
November 9

This is the oldest, and ranks first among the four great "patriarchal" basilicas of Rome. The site was, in ancient times, occupied by the palace of the family of the Laterani. A member of this family, P. Sextius Lateranus, was the first plebian to attain the rank of consul. In the time of Nero, another member of the family, Plautius Lateranus, at the time consul designatus was accused of conspiracy against the emperor, and his goods were confiscated. Juvenal mentions the palace, and speaks of it as being of some magnificence, "regiæ ædes Lateranorum". Some few remains of the original buildings may still be traced in the city walls outside the Gate of St. John, and a large hall decorated with paintings was uncovered in the eighteenth century within the basilica itself, behind the Lancellotti Chapel. A few traces of older buildings also came to light during the excavations made in 1880, when the work of extending the apse was in progress, but nothing was then discovered of real value or importance. The palace came eventually into the hands of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, through his wife Fausta, and it is from her that it derived the name by which it was then sometimes called, "Domus Faustæ". Constantine must have given it to the Church in the time of Miltiades, not later than about 311, for we find a council against the Donatists meeting within its walls as early as 313. From that time onwards it was always the centre of Christian life within the city; the residence of the popes and the cathedral of Rome. The latter distinction it still holds, though it has long lost the former. Hence the proud title which may be read upon its walls, that it is "Omnium urbis et orbis ecclesiarum mater, et caput".
It seems probable, in spite of the tradition that Constantine helped in the work of building with his own hands, that there was not a new basilica erected at the Lateran, but that the work carried out at this period was limited to the adaptation, which perhaps involved the enlargement, of the already existing basilica or great hall of the palace. The words of St. Jerome "basilica quondam Laterani" (Ep. lxxiii, P.L., XXII, col. 692) seem to point in this direction, and it is also probable on other grounds. This original church was probably not of very large dimensions, but we have no reliable information on the subject. It was dedicated to the Saviour, "Basilica Salvatoris", the dedication to St. John being of later date, and due to a Benedictine monastery of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist which adjoined the basilica and where members were charged at one period with the duty of maintaining the services in the church. This later dedication to St. John has now in popular usage altogether superseded the original one. A great many donations from the popes and other benefactors to the basilica are recorded in the "Liber Pontificalis", and its splendour at an early period was such that it became known as the "Basilica Aurea", or Golden Church. This splendour drew upon it the attack of the Vandals, who stripped it of all its treasures. St. Leo the Great restored it about 460, and it was again restored by Hadrian I, but in 896 it was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake ("ab altari usque ad portas cecidit"). The damage was so extensive that it was difficult to trace in every case the lines of the old building, but these were in the main respected and the new building was of the same dimensions as the old. This secondchurch lasted for four hundred years and was then burnt down. It was rebuilt by Clement V and John XXII, only to be burnt down once more in 1360, but again rebuilt by Urban V.
Through these various vicissitudes the basilica retained its ancient form, being divided by rows of columns into aisles, and having in front an atrium surrounded by colonnades with a fountain in the middle. The façade had three windows, and was embellished with a mosaic representing Christ as the Saviour of the world. The porticoes of the atrium were decorated with frescoes, probably not dating further back than the twelfth century, which commemorated the Roman fleet under Vespasian, the taking of Jerusalem, the Baptism of the Emperor Constantine and his "Donation" to the Church. Inside the basilica the columns no doubt ran, as in all other basilicas of the same date, the whole length of the church from east to west, but at one of the rebuildings, probably that which was carried out by Clement V, the feature of a transverse nave was introduced, imitated no doubt from the one which had been, long before this, added at S. Paolo fuori le Mura. It was probably at this time also that the church was enlarged. When the popes returned to Rome from their long absence at Avignon they found the city deserted and the churches almost in ruins. Great works were begun at the Lateran by Martin V and his successors. The palace, however, was never again used by them as a residence, the Vatican, which stands in a much drier and healthier position, being chosen in its place. It was not until the latter part of the seventeenth century that thechurch took its present appearance, in the tasteless restoration carried out by Innocent X, with Borromini for his architect. The ancient columns were now enclosed in huge pilasters, with gigantic statues in front. In consequence of this the church has entirely lost the appearance of an ancient basilica, and is completely altered in character.
Some portions of the older buildings still survive. Among these we may notice the pavement of medieval Cosmatesque work, and the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul, now in the cloisters. The graceful baldacchino over the high altar, which looks so utterly out of place in its present surroundings, dates from 1369. The stercoraria, or throne of red marble on which the popes sat, is now in the Vatican Museum. It owes its unsavoury name to the anthem sung at the ceremony of the papal enthronization, "De stercore erigeus pauperem". From the fifth century there were seven oratories surrounding the basilica. These before long were thrown into the actual church. The devotion of visiting these oratories, which held its ground all through the medieval period, gave rise to the similar devotion of the seven altars, still common in many churches of Rome and elsewhere. Between the basilica and the city wall there was in former times the great monastery, in which dwelt the community of monks whose duty it was to provide the services in the basilica. The only part of it which still survives is the cloister, surrounded by graceful columns of inlaid marble. They are of a style intermediate between the Romanesque proper and the Gothic, and are the work of Vassellectus and the Cosmati. The date of these beautiful cloisters is the early part of the thirteenth century.
The ancient apse, with mosaics of the fourth century, survived all the many changes and dangers of the Middle Ages, and was still to be seen very much in its original condition as late as 1878, when it was destroyed in order to provide a larger space for the ordinations and other pontifical functions which take place in this cathedral church of Rome. The original mosaics were, however, preserved with the greatest possible care and very great success, and were re-erected at the end of the new and deeper apse which had been provided. In these mosaics, as they now appear, the centre of the upper portion is occupied by the figure of Christ surrounded by nine angels. This figure is extremely ancient, and dates from the fifth, or it may be even the fourth century. It is possible even that it is the identical one which, as is told in ancienttradition, was manifested to the eyes of the worshippers on the occasion of the dedication of the church: "Imago Salvatoris infixa parietibus primum visibilis omni populo Romano apparuit" (Joan. Diac., "Lib. de Ecclesia Lat.", P.L. CXCIV, 1543-1560). If it is so, however, it has certainly been retouched. Below is seen the crux gammata, surmounted by a dove which symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and standing on a hill whence flow the four rivers of the Gospels, from whose waters stags and sheep come to drink. On either side are saints, looking towards the Cross. These last are thought to belong originally to the sixth century, though they were repaired and altered in the thirteenth by Nicholas IV, whose effigy may be seen prostrate at the feet of the Blessed Virgin. The river which runs below is more ancient still, and may be regarded as going back to Constantine and the first days of the basilica. The remaining mosaics of the apse are of the thirteenth century, and the signatures of the artists, Torriti and Camerino, may still be read upon them. Camerino was a Franciscan friar; perhaps Torriti was one also.
The pavement of the basilica dates from Martin V and the return of the popes to Rome from Avignon. Martin V was of the Colonna family, and the columns are their badge. The high altar, which formerly occupied the position customary in all ancient basilicas, in the centre of the chord of the apse, has now beyond it, owing to the successive enlargements of the church, the whole of the transverse nave and of the new choir. It has no saint buried beneath it, since it was not, as were almost all the other great churches of Rome, erected over the tomb of a martyr. It stands alone among all the altars of the Catholic world in being of wood and not of stone, and enclosing no relics of any kind. The reason for this peculiarity is that it is itself a relic of a most interesting kind, being the actual wooden altar upon which St. Peter is believed to have celebrated Mass during his residence in Rome. It was carefully preserved through all the years of persecution, and was brought by Constantine and Sylvester from St. Pudentiana's, where it had been kept till then, to become the principal altar of the cathedral church of Rome. It is now, of course, enclosed in a larger altar of stone and cased with marble, but the original wood can still be seen. A small portion was left at St. Pudentiana's in memory of its long connection with that church, and is still preserved there. Above the High Altar is the canopy or baldacchino already mentioned, a Gothic structure resting on four marble columns, and decorated with paintings by Barna of Siena. In the upper part of the baldacchino are preserved the heads of the Apostles Peter and Paul, the great treasure of the basilica, which until this shrine was prepared to receive them had always been kept in the "Sancta Sanctorum", the private chapel of the Lateran Palace adjoining. Behind the apse there formerly extended the "Leonine" portico; it is not known which pontiff gave it this name. At the entrance there was an inscription commemorating the dream of Innocent III, when he saw the church of the Lateran upheld by St. Francis of Assisi. On the opposite wall was hung the tabula magna, or catalogue of all the relics of the basilica, and also of the different chapels and the indulgences attached to them respectively. It is now in the archives of the basilica.
SOURCE Catholic Encyclopedia 

#BreakingNews 4 Catholic Priests Kidnapped by Gunmen in Nigeria - Please Pray

Unidentified gunmen yesterday kidnapped four Catholic priests, wounding others attack that has sent shivers. The abducted priests include:

 Rev. Fr. Victor Adigboluja of Ijebu Ode Diocese,
Rev. Fr. Anthony Otegbola, Abeokuta Diocese,
Rev. Fr. Joseph Idiaye, Benin Archdiocese and
Rev. Fr. Obadjere Emmanuel of the Diocese of Warri.
They were all returning from their annual class meeting that held in Warri between Monday, They had just celebrated their 10th year priestly anniversary. Heavily armed men suddenly burst out of the bush and started firing at their bus. Only some managed to escape.
This latest kidnap is coming a week after four reverend sisters were kidnapped along the Benin expressway. The church has refused to disclose how much was paid to secure their release.

Wow Breathtaking Children's Choir Sings Pie Jesu and goes Viral - Share to Touch a Soul!

In this a Breathtaking version of Pie Jesu is sung by the children's choir Angelis. The melody was written by Andrew Lloyd Weber. However, the text is from the last verse of "Dies Irae" of the Requiem Mass. 
Here are the lyrics in English: Pious Jesus, Who takes away the sins of the world, Give them rest. Who takes away the sins of the world, Give them rest, Everlasting Rest. 

Latin Text:
Pie Jesu Domine, Dona eis requiem, Done eis requiem, Dona dona Domine
Dona eis requiem, Sempiternam requiem, Sempiternam requiem, Sempiternam requiem
Pie Jesu Pie Jesu Domine, Dona eis, Dona eis, Sempiternam requiem, Sempiternam requiem

Pope Francis Authorizes Decrees bringing 24 People on the Road to Sainthood

Pope authorizes decrees on the causes of saints

Pope Francis met Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on November 7, and authorized the promulgation of 16 decrees concerning 24 persons. Pope Francis on Wednesday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a special decree on the heroic virtues and the confirmation of the cult from time immemorial of the Servant of God Michael Giedrojć, regarding him as Blessed.
This act of the Pope declaring a person Blessed without the need for a beatification ceremony is called “equipollent” beatification, or “equivalent” beatification. Michael Giedrojć, a professed layman of the Order of St. Augustine, was born in Giedrojce (Lithuania) around the year 1420 and died in Krakow (Poland) on May 4, 1485.  The Pope also authorized 15 other decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of 23 people, bringing them a step closer to sainthood.  They include 9 men and 6 women, 11 of them martyrs.
Two decrees are on miracles attributed to the intercession of two Italian laywomen, clearing them for beatification.  Three decrees are on martyrdom and 10 on heroic virtues.
Below is the complete list of decrees:

A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of the Italian Venerable Servant of God Edvige Carboni, a laywoman.  She was born in Pozzomaggiore (Italy) on 2 May 1880 and died in Rome on 17 February 1952
A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of the Italian Venerable Servant of God Benedetta Bianchi Porro, a laywoman.  She was born in Dovadola (Italy) on 8 August 1936 and died in Sirmione del Garda (Italy) on 23 January 1964


The martyrdom of the Spanish Servants of God Angelo Cuartas Cristóbal and his 8 companions.  The students of the Seminary of Oviedo were killed in hatred of the faith in Oviedo (Spain) between 1934 and 1937 during the Spanish civil war.

The martyrdom of the Spanish Servant of God Mariano Mullerat Soldevila, a layman and father of a family.  He was born in Santa Coloma de Queralt (Spain) on 24 March 1897 and was killed in hatred of the faith at El Pla, near Arbeca (Spain) on 13 August 1936

The martyrdom of American Servant of God James Alfred Miller, a professed Brother of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.  He was born in Stevens Point (USA) on September 21, 1944, and was killed in hatred of the faith in Huehuetenango (Guatemala) on February 13, 1982

Heroic virtues
The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Giovanni Jacono, titular Archbishop of Mocisso and former Bishop of Caltanissetta. Born in Ragusa (Italy) on March 14, 1873, he died there on May 25, 1957

The heroic virtues of Filipino Servant of God Alfredo Maria Obviar, the first Bishop of Lucena and Founder of the Congregation of Missionary Catechists of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus (sisters).  He was born in Lipa (Philippines) on 29 August 1889 and died in Lucena (Philippines) on 1 October 1978
The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Giovanni Ciresola, a diocesan priest who founded the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of the Precious Blood - Cenacle of Charity.  He was born in Quaderni di Villafranca (Italy) on May 30, 1902, and died in Quinto di Valpantena (Italy) on April 13, 1987

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Luigi Bosio, a diocesan priest.  He was born inAvesa (Italy) on April 10, 1909, and died in Verona (Italy) on January 27, 1994
The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Luigi Maria Raineri, a professed cleric of the Congregation of Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, or the Barnabites.  He was born in Turin (Italy) on 19 November 1895 and died in Crespano (Italy) on 24 November 1918

The heroic virtues of the Ecuadorian Servant of God Raffaella of the Passion (born Raffaella Veintemilla Villacís), foundress of the Congregation of the Augustinian Daughters of the Most Holy Saviour.  She was born in Quito (Ecuador) on March 22, 1836, and died in Lima (Peru) on November 25, 1918

The heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Maria Antonia of Jesus (born Maria Antonia Pereira y Andrade), a professed nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.  She was born in El Penedo (Spain) on October 5, 1700, and died in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on March 10, 1760

The heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Arcangela Badosa Cuatrecasas, a professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.  She was born in Sant Joan les Fonts (Spain) on 16 June 1878 and died in Elda (Spain) on 27 November 1918

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Maria Addolorata del Sacro Costato (born Maria Luciani), a professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  She was born in Montegranaro (Italy) on 2 May 1920 and died in Teramo (Italy) on 23 July 1954

The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Lodovico Coccapani, a layman of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Born in Calcinaia (Italy) on 23 June 1849, he died there on 14 November 1931
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#BreakingNews 13 People Killed and 10 Injured at Bar near California - Please Pray

A deadly shooting at California bar has left 13 dead. The gunman was identified as U.S. Marine  veteran Ian David Long, age 28. In a country-western bar on in Thousand Oaks, California the gunman on Wednesday night and shot dead 12 people, including a sheriff's sergeant, before killing himself. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said Long, 28, was found dead in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks late Wednesday. It's believed he killed himself.  The gunman opened fire around 11:20 p.m. PT at the crowded country-and-western bar. Police said hundreds were inside at the time. The first officer inside the door, sheriff's sergeant was also killed.  Sgt. Ron Helus was shot multiple times as he entered the building and was a 29-year veteran of the force. Dean said around 10 other people were injured and taken to local hospitals. The gunman acted alone, and had a handgun.
The bar is a popular hangout for students from nearby California Lutheran University. Cal Lutheran, with about 4,300 students. The school has cancelled classes and invited the university community to gather for prayers on Thursday at the school's chapel.
Please Pray for the Victims and their Families....

#BreakingNews 47 People Killed and 70 Injured as Buses Collide in Zimbabwe, Africa

A Bolt Cutter and Smart Express bus collided head-on on the Harare-Mutare Highway, killing 47 people and leaving 70 others injured. At least 47 people are said to have died on the spot after a head-on collision between two buses in Rusape, Zimbabwe.
 State broadcaster ZBC reported that police had confirmed as many as 47 people had died on the spot. The coach belonged to Bolt Cutter bus company was travelling from Mutare to Harare and collided with a Smart Express Bus Services coach heading in the opposite direction.
Please Pray for the Victims and Families....

Pope Francis "Jesus, with His way of acting, proclaimed this mercy with His witness." #Homily at Mass

Pope at Mass: Bearing witness, complaining, asking questions
At the Mass Thursday morning at Casa Santa Marta, the Pope warns against the sin of “murmuring,” which is a part of our daily life. And he reminds us that the logic of the Gospel is contrary to the logic of the world.
  By Debora Donnini
Witness, complaining, questions. These were the three words which Pope Francis focused on in his homily at the morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Thursday. He reflected on the day’s Gospel (Lk 15:1-19), which begins with the witness given by Jesus: tax collectors and sinners approach Him and listen to Him; and He eats with them. Testimony causes the Church to grow
The first word, then, is the “witness” of Jesus, which, the Pope said, “was a new thing for the time, because going to sinners made you unclean, like touching a leper.” For this reason, the doctors of the law kept away from them. Pope Francis noted that bearing witness has never “been a convenient thing, either for the witnesses – who often paid with martyrdom – or for the powerful.”
Bearing witness is breaking a habit, a way of being… Breaking it for the better, changing it. For this reason, the Church advances through witness. What is attractive [to people] is the witness. Not the words, which help, yes; but witness is what is attractive, and what makes the Church grow. It is a new thing, but not entirely new, because the mercy of God was also there in the Old Testament. They, these doctors of the law, never understood the meaning of the words: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ They had read about mercy, but they had not understood what it was. And Jesus, with His way of acting, proclaimed this mercy with His witness.
Witness, the Pope repeated, “always breaks a habit,” and also “puts you at risk.”

Instead of resolving conflicts, they murmured

In fact, Pope Francis said, Jesus’ witness caused people to murmur. The Pharisees, the scribes, the doctors of the law complained about Him, saying, “He welcomes sinners, and eats with them.”  They did not say, “Look, this man seems to be good because he seeks to convert sinners.” This, the Pope continued, is an attitude that consists in always making negative comments “to destroy the one bearing witness.” This sin of complaining about others, he said, is a part of daily life, in big and small ways. In our own lives, we can find ourselves murmuring “because we don’t like something or other”; and instead of dialoguing, or “trying to resolve a conflict situation, we secretly complain, always in a low voice, because there is no courage to speak clearly.”
And so it happens, he said, even in smaller societies, “in parishes.” “How often is there murmuring in parishes?” he asked, pointing out that whenever “I don’t like the testimony, or there is a person that I don’t like, murmuring immediately breaks out.”
And in dioceses? ‘Infra-diocesan’ conflicts… Internal conflict within the diocese. You know this. And also in politics. And this is bad. When a government is not honest, it seeks to soil its opponents with murmuring. There’s always defamation, slander, always looking for something [to criticize]. And you know dictatorial governments well, because you have experienced it. What makes a dictatorial government? Taking control first of the means of communication with a law, and from there, it begins to murmur, to belittle everyone that is a danger to the government. Murmuring is our daily bread, at the level of persons, of the family, the parish, the diocese, the social level.

Jesus’ question

It’s a matter of finding a way “to not look at reality,” Pope Francis said, “of not allowing people to think.” Jesus knows this, the Pope said, but the Lord is good, and “instead of condemning them for murmuring,” He asks a question. “He uses the method they use.” They ask questions with evil intentions, in order to test Jesus, “to make Him fall”; as, for example, when they asked Him about paying taxes, or about divorce. Jesus asks them, in today’s Gospel, “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it?” And “the normal thing would be for them to understand”; instead they do the calculation: “I have 99,” so what if one is lost?:
‘We’ll let this one perish, and in the balance it will result in profit and loss, and we will save these.’ This is the logic of the doctors of the law. ‘Which one of you?’ And their choice is the opposite of Jesus’. For this reason, they do not go to speak with sinners, they do not go to the tax collectors, they do not go because ‘it is better not to dirty myself with these people, it is a risk. Let us save ourselves.’ Jesus is smart in asking them this question: He enters into their casuistry, but puts them in a position contrary to what is right. ‘Which one of you?’ And not one of them says, ‘Yes, it’s true,’ but all of them say, ‘No, no, I would not do it.’ And for this reason they are unable to forgive, to be merciful, to receive.

The logic of the Gospel is contrary to the logic of the world

Finally, the Pope summarized the three “words” around which he built his reflection: “witness,” which is provocative, and makes the Church grow; “murmuring,” which is like a “guardian of my inner self, so that the witness doesn’t wound me”; and Jesus’ “question.” Pope Francis then adds another word: joy, the feast, which these people do not know: “All those who follow the path of the doctors of the law, do not know the joy of the Gospel,” he said. And he concluded with the prayer, “That the Lord might make us understand this logic of the Gospel, in contrast to the logic of the world.”
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"People ask me: 'What will convert America and save the world?' My answer is prayer. What we need is for every parish to come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Hours of prayer." Mother Teresa
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday November 8, 2018 - #Eucharist

Thursday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 488

Reading 1PHIL 3:3-8A

Brothers and sisters:
We are the circumcision,
we who worship through the Spirit of God,
who boast in Christ Jesus and do not put our confidence in flesh,
although I myself have grounds for confidence even in the flesh.

If anyone else thinks he can be confident in flesh, all the more can I.
Circumcised on the eighth day,
of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin,
a Hebrew of Hebrew parentage,
in observance of the law a Pharisee,
in zeal I persecuted the Church,
in righteousness based on the law I was blameless.

But whatever gains I had,
these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.
More than that, I even consider everything as a loss
because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

Responsorial PsalmPS 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (3b) Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Sing to him, sing his praise,
proclaim all his wondrous deeds.
Glory in his holy name;
rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD!
R. Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Look to the LORD in his strength;
seek to serve him constantly.
Recall the wondrous deeds that he has wrought,
his portents, and the judgments he has uttered.
R. Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
You descendants of Abraham, his servants,
sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
He, the LORD, is our God;
throughout the earth his judgments prevail.
R. Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaMT 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
"This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
"What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
'Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.'
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

"Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
'Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.'
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents."