Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee, for the sake of this love, to help Our Holy Father Pope Francis, by thy intercession, to overcome the temptations that surround him, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress him, so that he may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon him, and govern with fidelity those entrusted to his care; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate him from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that he may build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist him in the combat against evil, that he may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end.
A good way to mark this midpoint in the Easter Octave is to spend some time with Pope Francis. Below is his address at the Wednesday General Audience and his remarks at the Wednesday Regina Coeli, courtesy of Vatican Radio.
From the General Audience:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we turn to the Catechism of the Year of Faith. In the Creed we repeat this phrase: “He rose again on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures”. This is the very event that we are celebrating: the Resurrection of Jesus, the center of the Christian message that has resounded since the beginning and has been handed down so that it may reach us today. Saint Paul writes to the Christians of Corinth: “For I handed on to you …what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve”(1 Cor 15:3-5). This brief confession of faith announces the Paschal Mystery, with the first appearances of the Risen Christ to Peter and the Twelve: the Death and Resurrection of Jesus is the heart of our hope. Without this faith in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus our hope would be weak, but it wouldn’t even be hope, the Death and Resurrection of Jesus is the heart of our hope. The Apostle says: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins” (v. 17). Continue reading