John Hess

I also would like to briefly write an update on a prayer request that I asked on my first blog post about my grandpa.  On July 19th, my grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and due to grandpa’s slowly declining health, the family had decided months before to hold a get together of all of my grandparents’ siblings and relatives for a mass of thanksgiving followed by a lunch get together.  It would also celebrate my grandpa’s 89th birthday, which would have been on the 24th, that Monday.

Unfortunately, that Sunday, the day of the mass, my family was sitting in the living room almost ready to leave for mass when my mom took a call from my uncle saying that grandpa had been taken by squad to the emergency room.  Mom and Dad went to the hospital while I drove the rest of us kids to church with the intention of celebrating mass whether grandpa was able to be present or not.  When I parked my car, though, we received a phone call saying that, due to his heart giving out while getting ready for mass, grandpa died on his marriage bed and there was not much that the paramedics could do.  Always a character in life, grandpa really knew when and how to make an exit 🙂  At the mass that Sunday, Father James Dugal put it perfectly when he stated that John had received an invitation to his anniversary and birthday party; however, he had received a higher, better invitation, an invitation to join Christ.

I leave you with the Latin hymn “In Paradisum,” which is a beautiful hymn used traditionally as the body of the deceased processes out of the church towards its final resting place.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli; in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres, et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem. Chorus angelorum te suscipiat, et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.
May angels lead you into paradise; upon your arrival, may the martyrs receive you and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you, and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest

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