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Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and for the Papal Transition

Publish date: Friday, February 15, 2013

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Please continue to keep Pope Benedict XVI and the Consistory of Cardinals in your prayers, that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Secretariat of Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared these liturgical and musical resources to assist parishes and other groups to pray for Pope Benedict XVI, to give thanks for his pontificate, and to pray for the Church as we look to the future and the election of a new Pope.

Prayers and Resources:

 


Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI

It is appropriate to offer special prayers for Pope Benedict XVI, for his health and well-being, and in thanksgiving for his service to the Church.

The custom of praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father is to be encouraged, especially with school children. The pope can also be prayed for in the recitation of the Rosary.

Pro Pontifice

V. Let us pray for our Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XVI.

R. 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.

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon thy servant Benedict XVI, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to thy loving-kindness, in the way of eternal salvation; that, of thy gift, he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. (Collection of Indulgences)

In Thanksgiving

O God, who in your wondrous providence chose your servant Pope Benedict XVI to preside over your Church, we give you most hearty thanks for the years of his faithful service, praying that, after having served as the Vicar of your Son on earth, he may enjoy your abundant blessing in this life and, at life’s end, be received by your Son into eternal glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI

O God, true shepherd of all the faithful,
look with kindness on your servant Pope Benedict XVI,
whom you set as head and shepherd of Your Church.

We give you thanks for your grace at work in him
as he had led us by word and example:
in his teaching, in his prayer and in his great love.

Grant him your strength in frailty, comfort in sorrow,
and serenity amid the trials of this world;
and guide your Church, built on the rock of Peter,
with the power of your Spirit as we continue on the path that leads to you.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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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 in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

- Collect, The Mass for the Election of a Pope or a Bishop, from the New Roman Missal

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For the Newly Elected Pope

O God, who in your providential design
willed that your Church be built
upon blessed Peter, whom you set over the other apostles,
look with favor, we pray, on N. our Pope,
and grant that he, whom you have made Peter’s successor,
may be for your people a visible source and foundation
of unity in faith and of communion.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Or:

O God, Shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
Look favorably on your servant N,
whom you have set at the head of your Church as her shepherd;
grant, we pray, that, by word and example,
he may be of service to those over whom he presides
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

- Collect, Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions: 2. For the Pope, from the New Roman Missal



Additional Resources for the Faithful

Prayer Cards - Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI

Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI - English Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI - Spanish
English Version (PDF) Spanish Version (PDF)

 

Prayer Cards - Prayer for the Election of a New Pope

Prayer for the Election of a New Pope - English Prayer for the Election of a New Pope - Spanish
English Version (PDF) Spanish Version (PDF)

 

Resources for Parishes

Liturgical Notes and Resource Materials for Use Upon the Resignation of the Pope (PDF)

Bulletin Insert: How a New Pope is Chosen (2-sided)

Bulletin Insert: How a New Pope is Chosen (2-sided-English) Bulletin Insert: How a New Pope is Chosen (2-sided-Spanish)
English Version (PDF) Spanish Version (PDF)



Source: USCCB, with additional prayers courtesy of the National Catholic Register.

 


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