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The Everyday Prayer

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Icon of the Holy Face
Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Memory of the historic Meeting in Assisi (1986), when John Paul II invited representatives of all Christian confessions and the great world religions to pray for peace.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Revelation 10,1-7

Then I saw another powerful angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were pillars of fire.

In his hand he had a small scroll, unrolled; he put his right foot in the sea and his left foot on the land

and he shouted so loud, it was like a lion roaring. At this, the seven claps of thunder made themselves heard

and when the seven thunderclaps had sounded, I was preparing to write, when I heard a voice from heaven say to me, 'Keep the words of the seven thunderclaps secret and do not write them down.'

Then the angel that I had seen, standing on the sea and the land, raised his right hand to heaven,

and swore by him who lives for ever and ever, and made heaven and all that it contains, and earth and all it contains, and the sea and all it contains, 'The time of waiting is over;

at the time when the seventh angel is heard sounding his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, just as he announced in the gospel to his servants the prophets.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The seventh trumpet is about to be blown, after the first six had unleashed evil and the ruin and catastrophe that result from their blasts. But the seventh trumpet still cannot be heard. John interrupts the scene and narrates the vision of another angel who descends from heaven. It is an angel different from the others; it fact, he appears to be marked by exceptional dignity. He bears over his head a rainbow, the sign of God’s covenant with the peoples of the earth, established with Noah after the flood. His face shines like the sun. His legs are as strong as pillars of fire, and one rests on the sea and the other on the earth: he rules over all of creation. He is the Messiah, and he appears as the Lord of history. In his hands he holds a "little scroll," the Gospel. With his Son, God has intervened in human history - which has been devastated by the Prince of Evil - and brought salvation and peace. The "little book" is not closed and inaccessible; it is "open," and everyone can access it. It is a little scroll (the Greek uses the diminutive of the diminutive: "little ‘scroll-et’"); it might seem weak, but it is strong with the very power of the Messiah. His words are like a peal of thunder that shakes the earth. In front of the tragedy of history, in front of the crises that torment the world at the beginning of this new millennium, the apostle shows us the vision of the angel who comes down from heaven presenting this "little scroll." The Gospel truly is the strength of its believers; it is the definitive Word of God. The angel then warns: "There will be no more delay!" Yes, we can no longer delay our choices, we can no longer put off to tomorrow our decision for the Lord, nor should we wait for anyone else. We have to listen to the Lord’s voice and welcome it in our heart today. This is the mission of Christians. And it has to be enacted in every generation, including our own. It is the same mission that was given to John on Patmos: to welcome the "little scroll," the definitive Word of God, to write it with his life, and to communicate it to the women and men of his time.

Memory of the Saints and the Prophets