Friday in the Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time
Into the house of the Lord, your God, and cry to the Lord! (Joel 1:14b )
Lord of Mercy, the prophet Joel calls Israel to join together in a common expression of repentance. The liturgy they will share in is meant to ground their humility before You, combining contrition, mortification and trust that Your judgment includes mercy.
The Dies Irae is the Church's 800 year old hymn rooted in our knowledge that the "Day of the Lord" will come, our personal reckoning upon our death and the second coming of Christ when history and creation will achieve their fulfillment in Jesus' judgment of the living and the dead. Pie Jesu Dominie, Dona eis requeim. Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them eternal rest, and our minds and hearts in the knowledge of Your peace and love.
Saint Denis and Companions, pray for us. Saint John Leonardi, pray for us.