Rite of Beatification of John Paul II – Translated

The Vatican made the Mass Booklet for the Beatification of John Paul II available online in PDF.

For those who do not understand Italian and/or Latin, I have translated the Rite of Beatification so you can enjoy following along on this great occasion. I did not translate the ordinary prayers and responses of the Mass, but focused on the Rite of Beatification – since it is for this reason we are celebrating today.

The Mass begins on p.69 of the booklet, beginning with the entrance antiphon from the Gospel of John 16:18-19:

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 13 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. 14 Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

The Refrain for the entrance hymn: “As newborn children, Alleluia, long only for spiritual milk. Alleluia.”


The Penitential rite:

You, who love us and free us from sin. Lord have mercy.

You, who have made of us a kingdom of priests for Your God and Father. Christ have mercy.
You, that are the Alpha and the Omega, he that is, that was, and that will come, Lord have mercy.
May the Almighty Lord have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to eternal life. Amen.


At this point, before the Gloria, the Rite of Beatification takes place. In the Mass Booklet (page 39):

The Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome, approaches the chair of the Holy Father, with the Postulator, and asks that the he proceeds with the Beatification of the Servant of God, John Paul II:

“Most Holy Father, the Vicar General of Your Holiness for the Diocese of Rome humbly asks Your Holiness to include among the number of blessed the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope.”

Afterward, the reading of the Biography of the Servant of God (p.11 in Mass Booklet). Then all stand, and the Holy Father pronounces the Formula of Beatification (p.76):

“We, welcoming the desire of Our Brother Agostino Cardinale Vallini, Our Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome, of many other Brothers in the Episcopate and of many of the faithful, after having had the review of Congregation of the Causes of the Saints, with Our Apostolic Authority we grant that the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope, from now on will be called Blessed and that his feast might be celebrated in the places according to the rules established by law, every year on the 22nd of October.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The relics of now-Blessed John Paul II are brought to the Altar.

The Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome thanks the Holy Father:

“Most Blessed Father, the Vicar General of Your Holiness for the Diocese of Rome thanks Your Holiness for having today proclaimed Blessed the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II, Pope.” (At this point, we can officially refer to JPII as ‘Blessed’)

The Cardinal and the Postulator exchange an embrace of peace with the Holy Father.


The Gloria now takes place, and concludes with the collect (gathering prayer):

Let us pray.

“Eternal and merciful God, that, in the Paschal recurrence revive the faith of your people, increase in us the grace that you have given us, so that we comprehend the inestimable richness of Baptism that has purified us, of the Spirit that regenerates us, of the Blood that has redeemed us. For our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who is God, and lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.”

Liturgy of the Word (the readings for the Day are here).

Homily by Pope Benedict XVI:

Six years ago we gathered in this Square to celebrate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Our grief at his loss was deep, but even greater was our sense of an immense grace which embraced Rome and the whole world: a grace which was in some way the fruit of my beloved predecessor’s entire life, and especially of his witness in suffering. Even then we perceived the fragrance of his sanctity, and in any number of ways God’s People showed their veneration for him. For this reason, with all due respect for the Church’s canonical norms, I wanted his cause of beatification to move forward with reasonable haste. And now the longed-for day has come; it came quickly because this is what was pleasing to the Lord: John Paul II is blessed! (You can read the whole address at the Vatican Website.

The mass continues according to the ordo.


Let us unite our prayers, that through Pope John Paul II’s intercession, the world may be open to a conversion of heart. God bless!


One thought on “Rite of Beatification of John Paul II – Translated

  1. I came across your site this morning while watching the ceremony on youtube, it has been SO helpful, it was a blessing to find it and follow the mass in English from your translation. Thank you for making the morning that much more special. With my thanks and every good wish and prayer.


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