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One Million Pocket Papal Liturgies for Parishes

24/08/2010 3:00 pm

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A million copies of the ‘Magnificat – Liturgies and Events of the Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom’ are due to be distributed to parishes across England, Scotland and Wales.

The handbook contains the texts for the times the Holy Father will participate in public prayer, together with a series of brief articles about the Visit. It comes in a hard-wearing, pocket-sized format which makes it easy to carry around and ‘pray as you go’. It's also a key companion for the Papal liturgies.

Papal Visit Co-ordinator, Monsignor Andrew Summersgill said: “Although [a million copies] isn’t enough for everybody who regularly attends Mass, it is enough for each household, certainly, to have a copy. And also of course for those people who are going either to Bellahouston, to Hyde Park, or to Cofton Park. It will also be helpful for those who will be following the Pope from home, or from gatherings in their own parish, it’s designed to help across the board.

“We will be asking people if they would like to make a donation towards the costs. That would be really helpful and information will be given by local priests as to how to do that.”

The publication has been produced by the Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland in co-operation with Gabriel Communications, the Catholic Truth Society and Magnificat. It also includes texts for the Liturgy of the Church (Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Mass) for some days before and after the Papal Visit.

What is Magnificat?

Launched in France in 1992, then in other European countries and in the United States, Magnificat has proved a rich resource for laypeople in many countries. With this special issue for the Papal Visit, and beginning on a monthly basis in November, it is available for the first time with readings, texts and calendar appropriate for the British Isles.

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This pdf version of the Magnificat handbook contains the texts for the times the Holy Father will participate in public prayer, together with a series of brief articles about the Visit.