Wednesday, February 20, 2013

HWP: Conclaves and Popes and Prayers, oh my!


Well, it's no secret that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI will be resigning from the See of Peter at 8pm on Thursday, February 28th. With that in mind, I introduce to you two prayers that I invite (and strongly encourage) you to pray in the coming days...

The Prayer for the Election of a Pope

O God eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

AND…

Prayer for the Holy Father
. Let us pray for Benedict our pope.
. The Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(or in LATIN!!!)
. Oremus pro pontifice nostro Benedicto.
. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Benedictum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.