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Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Since1967

"Mary is the first charismatic of the Church." - Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa

Pope John Paul II called the Renewal a “gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church”

"To sing is to pray twice." - St. Augustine

"Singing brings unity as one community ... We need to sing."
- Fr. Chris Alar,
The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, 
The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Video: Papa Francisco canta Vive Jesús el Señor - México 2016
(Click on the link to see - Pope Francis singing His Favourite Song, "Vive Jesús el Señor")



Ave Maria - Andrea Bocelli

 

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Worship Through Song

What does the bible say about worship through singing?

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16)

"Praise him with sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp. Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs. Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia." (Psalm 150:3-5)

"And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites, to appoint some of their brethren to be singers with musical instruments, to wit, on psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, that the joyful noise might resound on high." (1 Chronicles 15:16)

"And a hymn being said, they went out unto mount Olivet " (Matthew 26:30)

"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury; but be ye filled with the holy Spirit, Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord."  (Ephesians 5:18-19)

St. Faustina desired that her last breath would be a Hymn

"O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy."
(St. Faustina, Diary, 1708)

The Virgin Mary Sings

"One time the demon expressed the continual gratitude of Mary to God as follows: "She always sings the praises of that one (God)as she did before but very few on earth are able to hear her when she sings." The demon was probably refering to our incapacity to understand fully the greatness of that heart that praises God for the benefit of all of God's children. (Father Vincent Lampert, Mary vs attacks of the devil - The necessity of exorcists #4 of 5)

The Magnificat -  The Blessed Virgin Mary's Hymn of Praise to the Lord - also known as The Canticle of Mary

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever. (Luke 1:46-55)

Pope Francis: Being afraid of change is a temptation from the devil (*Click Here for PDF*)

*Video*: Charismatic Movement - Vatican

"Long Life for the Charismatics." - Pope John Paul II, Vatican Gardens1981, International Leaders Conference (video time: 5:30-5:34)

"That all people may experience the priceless dignity that is there's, in Christ. I ask you and all the members of the Charismatic Renewal to continue to cry aloud to the world with me - open the doors to the Redeemer." - Pope John Paul II, Vatican 1984, International Leaders Conference (video time:5:55-6:19)

"Thanks to the Charismatic movement many Christians, men and women, youth and adults have rediscovered Penetecost as a living and present reality in their daily life. I desire that the spirituality of Pentecost be spread in the church." - Pope John Paul II, Pentecost 2004 (video time: 6:25-7:01)

"Today I would like to cry out to all of you gathered here in St. Peter's Square, and to all Christians. Open yourselves docily to the gifts of the Spirit. Accept gracefully and obediently the charisms which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us. Do not forget that every charism is given for the common good, that is for the benefit of the whole church." - Pope John Paul II, Pentecost 1998, International Gathering of Ecclesial Movements (video time:8:00-8:35)

"Though the past century was marked by some of the saddest pages of history, it was at the same time, started with wonderful testimonies of spiritual and charismatic revival in all areas of human life and activity. It is my firm hope that the Holy Spirit will find more and more fruitful welcome in the hearts of believers so that the culture of Pentecost so necessary in our time can spread." - Pope Benedict XVI, September 2005 (video time:8:35-9:10)

Since 1967, over 120 Million Catholics in over 220 countries in the world have experienced this refreshment of The Holy Spirit. The promise Christ gave to His followers, the experience of Pentecost, the lineage of 2000 years, the open window of Vatican II in the 1960's, are all a part of what the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is today. Like all those who have gone before, the men and women of the Charismatic Renewal today, continue to  pray "Come Oh Creator blessed!"(video time:9:14-9:50)

"Fear of change is a temptation of the devil. Though fear of change is quite human, it shouldn’t be the case with spiritual people, as Jesus said in the Book of Revelation: “Behold, I make all things new.” The new things of God are always a blessing because they flow from his loving heart.  There’s a temptation not to rock the boat when things seem to be going well.This kind of thinking does not come from the Spirit. Perhaps from the spirit of the world, but not from the Holy Spirit." “Don’t make this mistake.”“To evangelize is to love. It is to share God’s love for every man, woman and child,” he said, adding that evangelization plans and offices are useless without love. By virtue of Baptism, all of us are called to give for the evangelization of the world. Evangelization is a witness of love. To evangelize is to love. It is to share God's love for every man, woman and child." - Pope Francis, Vatican 2019 

What is Charismatic Renewal?

"A growing movement within the Catholic Church is known as the “charismatic renewal.” It is a spiritual movement that focuses on a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit, highlighting the many “charisms” that are given to Catholics through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.

This particular movement was initially found within various Protestant denominations, who emphasized the list of spiritual gifts (charisms) given by the Holy Spirit in the writings of St. Paul. It began roughly in the 1960s and was introduced into the Catholic Church by faculty members and students from Duquesne University. The beginning of this movement is best described below by the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal as it exists today is the outgrowth from a retreat held in February 1967 of several faculty members and students from Duquesne University. Many of the students – though not all – experienced a movement of God’s Spirit called being “baptized in the Holy Spirit.” The professors had previously been “baptized in the Spirit” a week or two before. God’s action was also prepared for in a very human way by the students’ prayerful preparation in reading the Acts of the Apostles and a book entitled The Cross and the Switchblade.

From there it began to spread rapidly in the United States and throughout the world. The Diocese of Lafayette explains what marked the movement, “They had a renewed commitment to prayer and a personal relationship to Jesus, a yearning for more knowledge in their Catholic faith and to the gospel call to bring the message of the Jesus to others, and the use of the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit to bring this about.”

Aleteia has printed three reflections from the preacher of the pontifical household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, in preparation for Pentecost, and sponsored by the new service organization of the Charismatic Renewal.

See them here (links within article): Mary is the first “charismatic” of the Church, says Fr. Cantalamessa

Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis have all offered their support of the movement, encouraging it as an authentic spiritual movement within the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI in particular mentioned the positive attributes of the charismatic renewal.

What we learn in the New Testament on charism, which appeared as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, is not a historical event of the past, but a reality ever alive. It is the same divine Spirit, soul of the Church, that acts in every age and those mysterious and effective interventions of the Spirit are manifest in our time in a providential way. The Movements and New Communities are like an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. We can, therefore, rightly say that one of the positive elements and aspects of the Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely their emphasis on the charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having recalled their topicality in the Church.

There is an emphasis within the Renewal on a proper discernment of charisms, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal which gifts God has given to them for the overall good of the Church. This is often expressed in “ordinary” charisms, such as the charism of “encouragement,” “faith” or “giving.” However, the Renewal is most often known by others for certain “extraordinary” charisms that are visibly seen at charismatic prayer meetings. This would include the charism of “healing,” “intercessory prayer” or “speaking in tongues.”

Above all these charisms are to be tested and Catholics are advised that these charisms are not meant to bring attention to themselves or others, but to God. The Renewal emphasizes how these charisms are never to be used for personal gain, but are always at the service of the Church and designed for the ultimate glory of God. While it can be a strange movement from an outsider’s perspective, when it is authentic and stays true to the teachings of the Catholic Church, the Renewal can bring much healing and peace to a person’s soul."

(Source: Aletia.org: What is Charismatic Renewal)

Papal Statements

Pope Francis

Pentecost Vigil on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Renewal – 3 June 2017

Address to the Renewal in the Spirit – St. Peter’s Square – 3 July 2015

Address to the Worldwide Renewal at the 37th National Convocation of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit – Olympic Stadium, Rome – 1 June 2014

Pope Benedict XVI

“Benedict XVI is wishing members of the charismatic renewal a revitalized closeness with the crucified and risen Christ. The Pope said this in a telegram signed by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and sent to the Italian chapter of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, who were gathered last weekend in their 32nd national assembly in Rimini, Italy.”

Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to participants in a meeting by the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships Hall of Blessings, Friday, 31 October, 2008

“As I have been able to affirm in other circumstances, the Ecclesial Movements and New Communities which blossomed after the Second Vatican Council, constitute a unique gift of the Lord and a precious resource for the life of the Church. They should be accepted with trust and valued for the various contributions they place at the service of the common benefit in a an ordered and fruitful way…”

Homily of his Holiness Benedict XVI  St. Peter’s Square   Saturday, 3 June 2006

Prayer vigil and meeting, Solemnity of Pentecost
Meeting with the ecclesial movements and new communities

Pope John Paul II

The Apostolic Letter of his Holiness Pope John Paul II – NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE
to the Bishops, Clergy and Lay Faithful at the close of the great Jubillee of the Year 2000

Address of Pope John Paul II to the Participants in The Fourth International Leaders' Conference of The Catholic Charismatic Renewal, May 7, 1981

US Catholic Bishops

Grace for a New Springtime    

by the Administrative Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops published on the anniversary of the 30th Anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in March of 1997.

English Version               Spanish Version

"Long Life for the Charismatics." - Pope John Paul II "Amen"

 

Video: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pope John Paul II & Pope Francis - "Hallelujah"

Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Gesù è Signore (Jesus Is Lord)
Gesù è Signore (Jesus Is Lord)
Gesù è Signore (Jesus Is Lord)
Gesù è Signore (Jesus Is Lord)

Santo è Signore (Holy Is Lord)
Santo è Signore (Holy Is Lord)
Santo è Signore (Holy Is Lord)
Santo è Signore (Holy Is Lord)

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Other Choruses  for use with this song

Thank you Jesus x4 
Lord We love you x4
Lord We Praise You x4
Lord We Thank You x4
We Adore You x4
Lord You're Worthy x4
Lord We Worship x4
You're So Faithful x4
 

May 7, 1981  - IV International Conference of Leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal with Pope John Paul II, Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Vatican Gardens (Conferencia Internacional de Dirigentes de la Renovación Carismática Católica, Gruta de Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, Jardines del Vaticano)

June 03, 2017 - CCR (Catholic Charismatic Renewal) Pentecost Vigil and Ecumenical Prayer with Pope Francis on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Charismatic Renewal, Circo Massimo Rome  (Rinnovamento Nello Spirito Santo)

 

Video: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pope Francis - "Hosanna"

Italian: Osanna all'Altissimo (English: Hosanna) (Spanish: Hosanna)
- Sung in three languages

Osanna, Osanna  (Hosanna, Hosanna)
Osanna al Altissimo! (Hosanna in the highest!)
Osanna, Osanna, (Hosanna, Hosanna)
Osanna,  al Altissimo! (Hosanna in the highest!)

Ti innalziamo il Tuo nome (Lord we lift up Your name)
Con le lodi nel cuor (with hearts full of praise)
Ti esaltiamo Signore Dio! (Be exalted oh Lord my God!)
Osanna all'Altissimo! (Hosanna in the highest!)

Gloria, Gloria (Glory, Glory)
Gloria al Re dei Re (Glory to the King of Kings!)
Gloria, Gloria (Glory, Glory)
Gloria al Re dei Re (Glory to the King of Kings!)

Ti innalziamo il Tuo nome (Lord we lift up Your name)
Con le lodi nel cuor (with hearts full of praise)
Ti esaltiamo Signore Dio! (Be exalted oh Lord my God!)
Gloria al Re dei Re (Glory to the King of Kings!)

Gesù Gesù (Jesus Jesus)
Gesù è il Re dei Re! (Jesus Jesus is the King of Kings!)
Gesù Gesù (Jesus Jesus)
Gesù è il Re dei Re! (Jesus Jesus is the King of Kings!)

Ti innalziamo il Tuo nome (Lord we lift up Your name)
Con le lodi nel cuor (with hearts full of praise)
Ti esaltiamo Signore Dio! (Be exalted oh Lord my God!)
Gesù è il Re dei Re! (Jesus Jesus is the King of Kings!)

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna, Hosanna,
Hosanna in the highest!

Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna in the highest!

Glory, Glory
Glory to the King of Kings!
Glory, Glory,
Glory to the King of Kings!

Lord we lift up Your name
with hearts full of praise
Be exalted oh Lord my God!
Hosanna is the King of Kings!

Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna en el cielo! (Hosanna in heaven!)
Hosanna, Hosanna
Hosanna en el cielo! (Hosanna in heaven!)

Bendito es el Señor (Blessed is the Lord)
Proclamamos Su amor (We proclaim His love)
E levantamos a les todos! (And You raise us all!)
Hosanna en el cielo!  (Hosanna in heaven!)

 

Video: Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pope Francis - "Vive Jesús el Señor "

Vive Jesús el Señor(Spanish)(Jesus the Lord Lives)
(Pope Francis' favourite song)

Vive Jesús el Señor /4
Él vive /3
Vive, vive Jesús el Señor.
Él vive /3
Vive, vive Jesús el Señor.
Vive Jesús, el Señor, vive Jesús, el Señor /2
Él vive /3
Vive, vive Jesús el Señor.
Él vive /3
Vive, vive Jesús el Señor.

Other Chorus for use with this song

Cristo Jesús et Señor/4
Tu vives /3
Vive, vive Jesús el Señor.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Resources

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Internation Service (CHARIS)

Catholic Charismatic Renewal - National Service Committee

Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services of Ontario (C.C.R.S.O)

Messagefrom the Episcopal Commission for Doctrineof the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 50thanniversary of the Charismatic Renewal in Canada

Is Francis Our First Charismatic Pope

What is Charismatic Renewal

Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Hallelujah (Pope John Paul II (1981) & Pope Francis Enjoying Charismatic Song and Worship)

Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Pope Francis - Hosanna

Papa Francisco y la Renovación Carismática - Vive Jesús el Señor. Jubileo de Oro 2017

CHARIS Pentecost Vigil, May 30, 2020 - Message of The Holy Father Francis

To Praise is to Think Twice – Music and Charismatic Praise at the Service of the Church!

Book - Call to Holiness: Reflections On The Catholic Charismatic Renewal - By Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes

"I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbour: the first - by deed, the second - by word, the third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works." (Diary 742)

The Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków-Łagiewniki, Poland 
Chapel of the miraculous image of the Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina

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