Eucharistic Celebrations on the liturgical feast of St. Josemaría
The Church commemorates the feast of St. Josemaría on June 26. The Prelate of Opus Dei celebrated Mass in the Basilica of St. Eugene, in Rome, on the day of the feast at 11 in the morning. In the Holy Land there were solemn celebrations in Jerusalem and in Bethlehem and Nazareth.
Noteworthy this year was the first Mass of St. Josemaría in Korea, in the Church of Hannamdong in Seoul, on Monday, June 21. The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, celebrated the Mass with some 150 people in attendance. In his homily, Archbishop Padilla said that “St. Josemaría was an instrument of the Word of God,” and that although Opus Dei’s presence in Korea was still a small seed, it would grow, nourished by prayer and good will. He also emphasized that Opus Dei’s challenge “to the contemporary world is a constant reminder of the universal call to holiness and of the Christian virtues that each of the baptized should practice in all the situations of life.”
The Prelature of Opus Dei is carrying out its apostolates in a stable way in 67 countries. The feast of the Founder of Opus Dei is also celebrated in many other countries of the world, including Angola, Thailand, the Arab Emirates, Tanzania, Bulgaria, Greece, etc.
Romana, n. 50, January-June 2010, p. 140.