Prayer for the Pope

Please join me in this prayer for our Holy Father and for his successor.

February 2013

Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for the wonderful gifts of leadership, wisdom, holiness, charity and integrity which you have bestowed upon our Holy Father, Pope Benedict. In these coming weeks and months, guide and protect Your servant Benedict. Grant him we pray, a spirit of courage, knowledge and love. Comfort him as he begins this new chapter in his life, and bless him with joy, peace and serenity.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, We pray for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit upon the cardinals as they gather in conclave for the election of a new Bishop of Rome and Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond any human judgment, to elect the person most pleasing to You, Heavenly Father, who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history.

We invoke our Blessed Mother Mary, united in prayer with all the saints, to intercede for our cardinals to elect the next Holy Father in docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, her divine Spouse.

We pray that our new shepherd and future Holy Father will be blessed with courage, holiness, charity, compassion, integrity, wisdom, faithfulness, and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for the entire world.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, we entrust this coming conclave to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, and offer these prayers for your guidance and protection over the choosing of the next Supreme Pontiff, and Vicar of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!

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