Christ in the Storm

An Extraordinary Blessing for a Suffering World
Author: Pope Francis
Foreword by: John L. Allen Jr.
Introduction by: Timothy P. O’Malley
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Format: Hardcover

Publication date: October 2, 2020

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“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”—Mark 4:40

As he calmed the storm at sea, Jesus reproached the apostles for their lack of faith. On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis used the Gospel passage as a sign of God’s blessing, forgiveness, and healing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Holy Father offered hope to the world with an Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing from an empty St. Peter’s Square.

Christ in the Storm gathers color photos, readings, the pope’s homily and blessing, and also provides explanation of the symbolism and history throughout the event to create a powerful reminder that Jesus is always with us and that God’s love never fails.

An Urbi et Orbi Blessing (Urbi et Orbi means “to the city and to the world”) is usually reserved for Christmas and Easter, but Pope Francis used his powerful and moving message to unite the world in prayer in the wake of the coronavirus. History will remember the dramatic images of the Holy Father walking alone in St. Peter’s Square at twilight in the rain and his profound words of hope.

The Pope said,

“Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.”

In addition to reading about the historical background of the event, you also will learn the significance of the following elements of the unique and deeply moving service:

  • the icon of Mary, Health of the Roman People
  • the Miraculous Crucifix
  • plenary indulgence
  • prayers such as the Litany of Supplication
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Chants such as the Tantum Ergo

Product Details

Pages: 104

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 9781646800537

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

Urbi et Orbi—“to the City and to the World”

History will remember the dramatic images of the Holy Father walking alone in St. Peter’s Square at twilight in the rain and his profound words of hope on March 27, 2020. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’s Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi, an ancient papal blessing for the city and the world, was a powerful moment of unity, prayer, and Christian witness—and a renewed invitation to every heart to receive blessing, forgiveness, healing, and hope. No matter what your storm is, this beautiful four-color book will bring you hope.

Christ in the Storm gathers color photos, readings, the pope’s homily and blessing, and also provides explanation of the symbolism and history throughout the event to create a powerful reminder that Jesus is always with us and that God’s love never fails.

Learn About the Elements and Significance of:

Urbi et Orbi Origins and History

Blessing of the Miraculous Crucifix

Litany of Supplication: Asking for God's Help

The Icon of Mary, Health of the Roman People

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” —Mark 4:40

As he calmed the storm at sea, Jesus reproached the apostles for their lack of faith. On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis used the Gospel passage as a sign of God’s blessing, forgiveness, and healing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. “Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them.”—Pope Francis

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