Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pray for Pope Benedict XVI

I am asking you to add the following prayer to your daily prayers. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, is being attacked on all sides. Many of his attackers call themselves Catholic. They also are in need of prayer, for they, by attacking the Holy Father and the teachings of the Church endanger their souls. Speaking against the Pope, indeed speaking against any person, with malice, injustice, or perfidy is at the least a venial sin. But, given the dignity of the papal office, the sin is always of sufficient gravity to be mortal if done with knowledge and deliberation. Pray for the Pope and pray for those who attack him.

Prayer for the Pope

Ant. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and to thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 16:18a)

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father…
V. Let us pray for our most blessed Pope Benedict, that our God and Lord, who chose him for the order of the episcopacy, may preserve him in health and safety for the good of his holy Church, to govern the holy people of God.

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.

V. May thy hand be on the man thou hast chosen.

R. The man thou hast given thy strength.

Let us pray.

O God, the shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look down favorably upon thy servant Benedict, whom thy hast been pleased to appoint pastor of thy Church; grant, we beseech thee, that he may benefit by word and example those over whom he is set, and thus, together with the flock committed to his care, attain unto life eternal.

Almighty everlasting God, who alone workest great wonders, send down upon thy servant Benedict our Pope, and upon all the congregations committed to his charge, the spirit of thy saving grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing.

Almighty, everlasting God, have mercy on thy servant, our Pope Benedict, and guide him according to thy clemency along the path of eternal salvation, so that by thy gift he may desire those things that are pleasing to thee and with all his strength accomplish them. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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