As Pope Benedict XVI comes to the end of his ministry at 8pm tonight (Roman local time), we offer two simple prayers to say over the coming days.
The first is for the retiring Pope, written by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; the second is for those electing his successor.
Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI
Almighty ever-living God, who has given your faithful servant Benedict grace to maintain his faith and hope in you amid the labours of his apostolic ministry; graciously bestow upon him, we pray, the consolations of your Holy Spirit and uphold him in serenity of life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us. St Peter, pray for us. St Paul, pray for us. St Benedict, pray for us. All holy men and women, pray for us.
Prayer for the Conclave
Heavenly Father, We the People of God, gathered in solidarity as did the disciples in the Upper Room, pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the cardinals who will be in conclave for the election of the next Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond human judgment, to elect the candidate most pleasing to you, Heavenly Father, and who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history at the beginning of the Third Millennium.
We invoke our Mother Mary, we entrust this conclave to her maternal and Immaculate Heart, and offer this prayer for her guidance and protection over the choosing of the next Vicar of her Son.
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