Проповеди Иоанна Павла II
Episcopal Ordination in Saint Peter's Basilica
EPISCOPAL ORDINATION IN SAINT PETER'S BASILICA
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
27 May 1979
1. "Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, show which one of these two thou hast chosen" (Acts 1:24).
Thus the apostles prayed, gathered in the Upper Room at Jerusalem when, for the first time, they had to fill the place that had remained empty in their community. It was necessary, in fact, for the Twelve to continue to bear witness to the Lord and to his Resurrection. Christ had duly constituted the Twelve. And now, after the loss of Judas, it was necessary to face for the first time the duty of deciding in the Lord's name who was to take the vacant place.