Wednesday, February 19, 2014

HWP: Prayer for the Pope

This Saturday is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, when we celebrate not physical chair so much as the person who symbolically seated upon it. Two thousand years ago Christ gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom and promised that the powers of Hell should not prevail against the Church. Today we continue to trust in that word as the Lord continues to provide great men to lead the Church, men who walk in the shoes of the original fisher of men. So let us today offer a prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Prayer for the Sovereign Pontiff
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace. 
Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in unison with him. 
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen. 
(Composed by Pope Leo XIII, taken from the 1957 edition of the Raccolta)
Visit the "Pope Francis" link above for a shorter prayer that can be prayed daily to gain him grace and  you a partial indulgence!