Forty-one years after its suppression, the Society of Jesus was re-established by Pope Pius VII, on August 7, 1814. The papal Bull, Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum, extended to the rest of Christendom the rights and privileges granted to the surviving Society in the Russian Empire and in the kingdom of Sicily. Today we celebrate the 200th anniversary of this moment of grace, and we gather to thank the Lord who continues to confirm us as servants of Christ’s mission.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
A suitable hymn may be sung, or the following psalm recited.
Praise God in His holy place,
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for His powerful deeds,
Praise his surpassing greatness.
O praise him with sound of trumpet,
praise him with lute and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
Praise him with strings and pipes.
O praise him with resounding cymbals,
praise him with clashing cymbals.
Let everything that lives and that breathes
Give praise to the Lord.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
As it was in the beginning,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Scripture Reading (Ephesians 1:3-6)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
The Word of the Lord / Thanks be to God.
Brief moment of silence
From the Tradition of the Church (Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum)
The Catholic world demands with unanimous voice the re-establishment of the Company of Jesus. We daily receive to this effect the most pressing petitions from our venerable brethren, the archbishops and bishops, and the most distinguished persons, especially since the abundant fruits which this Company has produced in the above countries have been generally known. After having by fervent prayers implored the Divine assistance, after having taken the advice and counsel of a great number of our venerable brothers, the cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, we have decreed, with full knowledge, in virtue of the plenitude of apostolic power, and with perpetual validity, that all the concessions and powers granted by us solely to the Russian empire and the kingdom of the Two Sicilies, shall henceforth extend to all our ecclesiastical states, and also to all other states. We declare, besides, and grant power, that [Jesuits] may freely and lawfully apply to the education of youth in the principles of the Catholic faith, to form them in good morals, and to direct colleges and seminaries; we authorise them to hear confessions, to preach the Word of God, and to administer the sacraments in the places of their residence with the consent and approbation of the ordinary.
Be not afraid,
R: For I will be propitious to you.
Intercessions (may be adapted)
Animator: God has deigned to confirm the Society and bring it back together as servants of Christ’s mission. Let us now implore God’s compassion to accompany us as we seek to discern and to carry out God’s will.
Let us now offer our personal intentions for the novena (brief silence).
Prayer: Our Father
Blessed are you, Lord, who choose
the weak and make them strong,
raise the fallen, heal the wounded
and gather the dispersed back to you.
Renew us with the Spirit who moved
St. Ignatius and his companions to serve
your Son under the standard of the Cross.
Grant us the courage to reach out
to our forgotten brothers and sisters;
the generosity to open our doors to those
who seek you, and the wisdom to sow
seeds of your Kingdom in the hearts
of all we meet, for the greater
glory of your Name, as we pray… (or sing)
Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory,
my understanding, and my entire will,
all that I have and possess.
You have given all to me.
To You, O Lord, I return it.
All is Yours, dispose of it wholly according to Your will.
Give me Your love and Your grace,
for this is sufficient for me.
Animator: Let us bless the Lord;
All: Thanks be to God.