Thursday, March 14, 2013

Prayers for the Pope

From the Raccolta
This is the old manual of indulgenced prayers; my copy has an imprimatur from 1951. The second of the prayers is from the Roman Breviary, the fourth from the Roman Missal, and the fifth from the Roman Ritual.

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Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope under the protection of Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou his light, his strength, and his consolation.

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V. Let us pray for our Pontiff Francis.
R. The Lord preserve him and give him life, and make him to be blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.

Our Father; Hail Mary.

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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. His is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, his is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervour 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 savour 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 union 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 unto 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 a new and manifest power. Amen.

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O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, mercifully look down upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Thy Church; grant him, we beseech Thee, so to edify, both by word and example, those over whom he hath charge, that he may attain unto everlasting life, together with the flock committed unto him. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant Francis, 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.

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