Thursday, April 7

Here's my own shoddy translation of the first few paragraphs of the document mentioned in the previous post. If you have any help or corrections to offer, I'd be more than glad to hear them. More to follow:



Funeral Mass

and intombation of the body

of the Roman Pontiff






1. In the rite of funerals the Church manifests her faith in the victory of the risen Christ over sin and death. Such faith is expressed in a particular way in the funeral of the Roman Pontiff, which from the motive of his ministry, carried out in the Church, confirmed the faith of all the pastors and the faithful.

2. At the announcement of the death of the Supreme Pontiff, the Church which is in Rome and in the various parts of the world raises to the Father, the Lord of life and of death, an intense prayer of gratitude, for the good which the dead Pontiff has carried out for the good of the Church and of humanity, of suffering and of supplication, that he be welcomed by the Lord into the dwelling of light and of peace together with all the saints, in attesta which fulfills the blessed hope.

3. In prayers he the Holy Church, deprived of the Roman Pontiff is commended to God , because it is entrusted with trustful abandon to Christ, the Supreme Pastor, who has promised to her his unending presence and assistance.

They recall also those who, by reason of kinship, of service, or of collaboration are very close to the dead Supreme Pontiff. For everything, then, which is an occasion to revive the hope of eternal life and to testify to the faith in the future resurrection with Christ.

4. The body of the dead Supreme Pontiff, which with the sacraments of Christian initiation became a temple of the Holy Spirit and with the Sacrament of Episcopal Ordination was totally dedicated to the service of the people of God, is rendered its due honor, according to custom and Christian tradition, but above all from the motive of faith in eternal life and in the resurrection of the body. This is done in any significant moment: in the verfication of death, in the exposition of the body in the Pontifical House, in his solemn transferral to the Vatican Basilica, in the deposition into the coffin, in the funeral Mass with the last commendation and the leave-taking, in the transferral to the tomb and the inhumation.


The funeral Mass, in which occurs the intombation of the Roman Pontiff John Paul II is preceeded by the deposition of the body of the dead Pontiff into the coffin; after the Mass occurs the transferral of the sepulchre and the intombation. To these two parts of the rite are provided the participation of a restricted number of people.



Before the funeral Mass, the body of the dead Pontiff arrives laid on a bier of cypress wood. This comes, closed, to the presence of the Cardinal Camerlengo, the Cardinals Capi d' Ordine, the Cardinal Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, the Cardinal Secretary of State, the Prefect of the Pontifical Household, the Elemosiniere of the Supreme Pontiff, the Vice Camerlengo, a representative of the Canons of the Basilica of Saint Peter, and the Secretary of the Supreme Pontiff, vested in choir dress, and the familiars of the Deceased.

The Cardinal Camerlengo introduces the rite of closing the coffin with these words:

(Latin, then repeated in Italian)

Dearest brothers and sisters, in the name of the Lord we convene to this pious office carried out before a funeral Mass for the Roman Pontiff John Paul.

His mortal body deposited in the coffin, let us entrust our petitions for the dead Pontiff, keeping in mind his life and especial works, for which we pay thanks to God the Father.

We reverently cover the face of the Dead, supported by the hope that he be able to contemplate the face of the Father, and the blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints, to enjoy their company.

The Master of Liturgical Ceremonies of the Supreme Pontiff gives the book of petitions, in which are written examples of those who will come to be present.

Between each is sung the antiphon:

My soul thirsts for the living God: when shall I come, and appear before the face of the Lord?

And, if there is opportunity, an added psalm is sung.

The Cardinal Camerlengo invites those present to pray, saying:

Let us pray.

And all pray for some time in silence.

Then the Cardinal Camerlengo continues:

All-powerful and ever-living God, Lord of life and death, we hope and believe that the life of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul is now hidden in you.

Let his face, which has disappeared from this world, flow with true light from you, the unfailing font, continually made bright.

Let his face, which has searched high and low for the way to be shown to the Church, may see the face of your homeland.

Let his face, which has departed from our view, contemplate your beauty and be commended to your flock, eternal Shepherd. Who lives and reigns forever and ever.

The Master of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff and the Secretary of the Supreme Pontiff lay a veil of white silk over the face of the Deceased. Then the Cardinal Camerlengo sprinkles the body with holy water.

The Master places in the coffin the bag with the medals coined during the Pontificate of the dead Pontiff and the tube with the Deed, after he has sealed it with the seal of the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

While the coffin is closed, Psalm 41 is said.

PSALM 41: 2-6

As the deer longs for streams of water,* so my soul longs for you, O God.
My being thirsts for God, the living God;* When can I go and see the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night, *as they ask daily,"Where is your God?"
Those times I recall as I pour out my soul; † when I went in procession with the crowd, *I went with them to the house of God,
Amid loud cries of thanksgiving, *with the multitude keeping festival.
Why are you downcast, my soul,* why do you groan within me?
Hope in God, whom I shall praise still,* my savior and my God.

Glory to the Father.


The funeral Mass is celebrated by the Cardinals and the Patriarchs of the Eastern Church. The Dean of the College of Cardinals [Ratzinger. - ed.] presides over the concelebration. They use sacred vestments of the color red.



Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord: and let perpetual light shine upon him.

PSALM 64: 2-6

1. A hymn, O God, becometh thee in Sion:* and a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem.
Ant. Requiem...
2. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee. R/
3.The words of the wicked have prevailed over us: and thou wilt pardon our transgressions. R/
4. Blessed is he whom thou hast chosen and taken to thee: he shall dwell in thy courts. R/
5.We shall be filled with the good things of thy house; holy is thy temple, R/
6.Wonderful in justice. Hear us, O God our saviour, who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off. R/

The celebrant:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R/. Amen.

... greets the assembly:

Peace be with you.
R/. And with your spirit.

... he invites them to an act of penance:

Brothers, let us acknowlege our sins, that we may be worthy to celebrate these sacred mysteries.

After a brief silence, all say together:

I confess ...

The celebrant:

May almighty God ...

The schola and the assembly sing, alternating, the



The celebrant:

Let us pray.

God, shepherd and guide of all the faithful, who willed that John Paul be placed over your Church as Shepherd and now appointed him to depart from this age, grant, we beseech thee, that in the kingdom of heaven he be included in the eternal fellowship of your shepherds.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns ...


First Reading

Christ is appointed by God to judge the living and the dead

(Spanish, then Italian) A reading from the Acts of the Apostles: 10:34-43

34. And Peter opening his mouth, said: in very deed I perceive that God is not a respecter of persons.
35. But in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh justice is acceptable to him.
36. God sent the word to the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all).
37. You know the word which hath been published through all Judea: for it began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached.
38. Jesus of Nazareth: how God anointed him with the Holy Ghost and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
39. And we are witnesses of all things that he did in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem: whom they killed, hanging him upon a tree.
40. Him God raised up the third day and gave him to be made manifest,
41. Not to all the people, but to witnesses preordained by God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him, after he arose again from the dead.
42. And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that it is he who was appointed by God to be judge of the living and of the dead.
43. To him all the prophets give testimony, that by his name all receive remission of sins, who believe in him.

The Word of the Lord. R/. Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

The psalmist: Psalm 22
1 The Lord ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.
R/. He hath set me in a place of pasture.
2. He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment: He hath converted my soul. R/
3. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for his own name's sake. R/
4. For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will fear no evils, for thou art with me. R/
5. Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me. R/
6. Thou hast prepared a table before me against them that afflict me. R/
7. Thou hast anointed my head with oil; and my chalice which inebreateth me, how goodly is it! R/
8. And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life.R/
9. And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord unto length of days.R/

Second reading

Christ will transform our bodies and will conform them to his glorious body

(English, then Italian) A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians. 3,20-4, 1

As you well know, we have our citizenship in heaven; it is from there that we eagerly await the coming of our savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will give a new formto this lowly body of ours and remake it according to the pattern of his glorified body, by his power to subject everything to himself.

For these reasons, my brothers, you whomI so love and long for, you who are my joy and my crown, continue, my dear ones, to stand firm in the Lord.

The Word...

Gospel Acclamation

Schola, then assembly: Alleluia...

Schola (Jn 6:40): And this is the will of my Father that sent me: that every one who seeth the Son and believeth in him may have life everlasting.

Assembly: Alleluia...


Follow Me.

The Lord be with you...

A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.

He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.

He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.

Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not.

And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

The Word of the Lord
Praise to You, O Christ



Cantor: Credo, credo. Amen.
R/. Credo, credo. Amen.

Schola: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. R/.

Universal Prayers

The Celebrant: Brothers, let us beg God, the father of all, who today gathers us to his Only-begotten Son to celebrate the paschal mystery in the funeral rites of the Pastor of the Universal Church, that he be taken up in his peace and that every good thing be granted to the Church and to the world.

The Deacon: Together let us all pray: We ask you, hear us.

French: For our deaceased Pope John Paul, that the supreme Pastor, who always lives to intercede for us, welcomes him benignly into his reign of light and peace, we pray to the Lord. R/

Swahili: For the holy Church of God, that faithful to His command, it be firm in renewing in Christ the human family, we pray to the Lord. R/

Filippino: For the people of all nations, that in respect of justice, they form only one family in peace and be united in fraternal sentiment, we pray to the Lord. R/

Polish: For the soul of the deceased Roman Pontiff and of all who announce the Gospel in the Church and excercize the sacerdotal ministry: that they be made participants in the liturgy of heaven, we pray to the Lord. R/

German: For all the faithful departed: that they be admitted to participate in the reign of heaven, we pray to the Lord. R/

Portugese: For us gathered here: that, after we have celebrated these holy mysteries, we be able to be called one day by Christ into his glorious reign, we pray to the Lord. R/

The Celebrant: Hear us, God, our salvation, praying together with all the Saints, and the souls of your servant our Pope John Paul, who relied on the prayer of the Church, together with the company of your saints. Through Christ our Lord.

Offertory Song

Schola: R/ You illumine my lamp, Lord, my God, you illumine my darkness.


1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. * The Lord is my firmament, my refuge, and my deliverer. R/.
2. The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death prevented me. R/.
3. In my affliction I called upon the Lord, and I cried to my God: R/.
4. And he heard my voice from his holy temple: and my cry before him came into his ears. R/.

Prayer over the Gifts

We humbly implore your boundless compassion, Lord, that this sacrifice, which your servant our Pastor John Paul, when he was in the body, offered to your majesty for the salvation of the faithful, that he himself now come to grace. Through Christ our Lord.



The hope of resurrection in Christ.

The Lord be with you. &c...

Truly it is right and just, fair and beneficial, for us to give you thanks always and everywhere: Lord, holy Father, all powerful and eternal God: through Christ our Lord.

In him, who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality.

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.

And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven, we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise:



Mysterium Fidei

Savior of the world, save us, You who by your cross and resurrection has freed us.

Prayer of Intercession for the Dead

A Concelebrant: Also remember, Lord, the Roman Pontiff our Pope John Paul, whom today you call from this earth, and your servants N. and N., who go before us with the sign of faith , and sleep in the sleep of peace.

We pray that you may grant to these, Lord, and all who rest in Christ, that place of rest, light and peace.

Communion Song

Eternal rest grant unto him, Lord, with your saints in eternity, because you are holy.


1. Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord: * Lord, hear my voice. R/
2. Let thy ears be attentive* to the voice of my supplication. R/
3.If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:* Lord, who shall stand it? R/
4. For with thee there is merciful forgiveness:* that we might fear you. R/
5. I have waited for thee, O Lord.* My soul hath relied on his word: R/
6. My soul hath hoped in the Lord, * from the morning watch even until night R/
7. From the morning watch even until night, *let Israel hope in the Lord. R/
8. Because with the Lord there is mercy: *and with him plentiful redemption. R/
9. And he shall redeem Israel* from all his iniquities. R/

Prayer after Communion

The Celebrant: Let us pray.

Approaching the eternal banquet table, we humbly implore your mercy, Lord, on behalf of the soul of your servant Pope John Paul, that he might at last rejoice together by the possession of truth, in which your faithful people are strengthened. Through Christ our Lord.



Having said the prayer after Communion, the Dean of the College of Cardinals completes the rite of final recommendation and leave-taking. He stands near the casket with the other concelebrants, inviting those presten to pray with these words:

Dearest brothers and sisters, let us commend to the most sweet mercy of God the soul of our Pope John Paul, who, as Bishop of the Catholic Church, strengthened his brothers in the faith of the resurrection.

For the deceased Pope I beseech God the Father that through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit, that he, redeemed from death, might be taken up into his peace, and his body be reawakened on the last day.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of apostles and Health of the people of Rome, intercede before God that He might show the face of his Son to our blessed Pope and console the Church with the light of his resurrection.

All pray for some time in silence.


The Cardinal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome comes near the casket.

The cantor chants the Litany of the saints and all respond to the invocations.

The Litany having ended, the Cardinal Vicar concludes the supplications of the Church of Rome with the following prayer:

God, faithful recompense of souls, keep your servant our Pope John Paul, whom you placed as successor of of Peter and pastor of your Church, the grace and compassion of your mysteries, which he faithfully dispensed on earth, may he enjoy happiness with you forever in heaven. Through Christ our Lord.

Then the Cardinal Vicar returns to his place.

(from the Office of the Dead of the Byzantine Liturgy)

The supplications of the Church of Rome having finished, the Patriarchs, the Major Archbishops and the Metropolitans of the Eastern Catholic Metropolitan Churches "sui iuris," come before the the casket, and turn to face the altar.

The chorus:

Grant rest to the soul of your Servant, our Father and Bishop John Paul Pope of Rome, O saving God, together with the souls of the just, lead him to the blessed life with you, friend of men.

Lead into the place of your rest, Lord, where your Saints rest, also the soul of your Servant, our Father and Bishop John Paul Pope of Rome, because you alone are immortal.

Glory to the Father ...

You are our God, who descended to hell and freed the prisoners from punishment; grant that rest also to the soul of your Servand, John Paul Pope of Rome, O Savior.

Now and forever. Amen.

Blessed Virgin Mary, the only pure and immaculate, who without seed has conceived God, interceed for the salvation of the soul of your Servant.

The Deacon: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your great compassion, we pray to you, hear and have mercy.

The Chorus: Lord, have mercy (Three times)

The Deacon: We pray also for the repose of the soul of this Servant of God our Father and Bishop John Paul the Pope of Rome and also forgive every sin, voluntary or involuntary.

The Chorus: Lord, have mercy (Three times)

Deacon: May the Lord place his soul there, where the just rest. We call on Christ, the immortal king and our God, his divine mercy, the king of heaven, and the pardon of his sins.

The Chorus: Hear us, O Lord.

The Deacon: We pray to the Lord.

The Chorus: Lord, have mercy.

The Patriarch incences the body of the Pontiff, while a priest says in a loud voice this prayer:

God of souls and of every body, who has stamped out death, has defeated the devil and has given life to the world, grant the repose of the soul of this your Servant, the deceased John Paul Pope of Rome in a place of light and joy, in a verdant place, in a place of blessing where there is no more suffering, saddness, or pain.

Pardon his every fault committed in word, deed, thought, you who are the one good God and friend of men, because no man lives and does not sin, you alone were actually without sin, you were righteous and righteous forever, and your word is truth.

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