On June 26 the Church celebrates the liturgical feast day of  St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei.
Devotional materials to St. Josemaria and various novenas can be found on the Opus Dei website.

A new illustrated biography of St. Josemaria is now available for online downloading:
St. Josemaría died in Rome on June 26, 1975 and was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II on October 6, 2002.
In Chicago here will be a Solemn Mass celebrated on Friday, June 26, at 7:30 pm  at St. Mary of the Angels Church, with Very Rev. Javier del Castillo as main celebrant and homilist. This mass will be streamed on their YouTube channel.
 Come and discover through the message of St. Josemaría, the joy of finding God and living out your Christian vocation in the middle of the world.
Mass with the Prelate in Italian at 7:00 pm (Rome time)
In the afternoon, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz will celebrate Mass in the Prelatic Church of Our Lady of Peace, where Saint Josemaria is buried. A small group of faithful will participate in the celebration. The Eucharistic Sacrifice will be offered for the faithful of the Work, relatives and friends who have died as a result of the coronavirus.

The Mass will be in Italian, although Latin will be used for the canon. and the readings and prayers of the faithful will be done in various languages.  The homily will be in Spanish, but it will be available for download from this website shortly before the start of the celebration in English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Holy Mass will begin at 7:00 pm (Rome time/ 1 p.m. our time). This schedule will allow those in America, Africa and Europe – where many people are still living in confinement – to take part. Those who cannot do so live (for example, people in Asia or Oceania) will find a recording of the Mass on the Opus Dei YouTube channel the following day.



Let us give thanks for the lifting of restrictions on the celebration of Holy Mass while we continue to storm heaven for a lifting of the Coved -9 plague and for a return to civic harmony, a sense of universal brotherhood and mutual respect.  

Daryl Glick
Reston Study Center

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