My friend Fr. Byers wrote to ask for help with something. HERE
He suggests that people all over the world pray at the say time each day (early morning Rome time) to ask God to protect Pope Francis from diabolical assault.
Thus, Fr. Byers…
An Hour for Pope Francis – Help!
4:00–5:00 AM daily the Pope’s time (following daylight savings time in the country where he happens to be around the world) is being dedicated to praying special prayers for the Holy Father. May he begin each day dedicated to Jesus and free from diabolical assault. Join in at that time if you can for as long as you can. Your prayers are helpful anytime. When it’s 4:00 AM in Rome, it is:
2:00 AM Sierra Leone
3:00 AM London / Bangui
5:00 AM Jerusalem / Nairobi
7:00 AM Dushanbe
7:30 AM Mumbai
9:00 AM Bangkok
10:00 AM Shanghai
11:00 AM Seoul / Ulaanbaatar / Yakutsk
12:00 Noon Sydney
2:00 PM Christchurch
4:00 PM Honolulu
5:00 PM Rikitea
6:00 PM Adamstown
7:00 PM Los Angeles / Destruction Bay
8:00 PM Denver / Sinaloa / Hanga Roa
9:00 PM Chicago / Cité Soleil
10:00 PM New York / Havana
11:00 PM Buenos Aires / Rio de Janeiro
V: Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
R: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
Oremus: Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.
V: Let us pray for our Pontiff Francis.
R: May 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.
Let us pray: O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
That’s the suggestion that I will use. It’s a prayer I should memorize anyway. He has other suggestions and you can see them there.
NB: In the older, traditional form of Holy Mass priests could/were to add orations after those assigned in the Mass formulary for the day. One of them was/could be for the Roman Pontiff. Sometimes when I read Mass privately, I add orations (whether the rubrics indicate or not… I just do) for specific purposes or people.
Think about this for a while. Once upon a time, thousands of priests all over the world, at every hour of the day, were praying for the Pope at Mass with great frequency – and not merely in the Roman Canon, but specific with specific orations. And then we stopped doing that. Once upon a time, after almost every Mass everywhere in the world people knelt after Mass and prayed the Leonine Prayers, asking the help of Mary and St. Michael, asking for the conversion of sinners, protection of the Church, mercy. And then we stopped doing that.
Did stopping help?
So, friends, be prayer warriors and help the Pope, who really needs help.