19 September 2010

Formally Raised to the Altars

‘Acceding to the request of our Brother Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, of many other of our Brothers in the episcopate, and many of the faithful, after consultation with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, by our apostolic authority we declare that the Venerable Servant of God Cardinal John Henry Newman, Priest of the Congregation of the Oratory, shall henceforth be invoked as Blessed and that his feast shall be celebrated every year on the ninth of October, in the places and according to the norms established by Church law. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. ~ Pope Benedict XVI

O God,
Who bestowed on the priest
Blessed John Henry Newman
the grace to follow Your kindly light
and find peace in Your Church;
graciously grant that,
through his intercession and example,
we may be led out of the shadows and images
into the fullness of Your truth.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of theHoly Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.