V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.

partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite any duly approved prayer for the Supreme Pontiff (e.g., the Oremus pro Pontifice):

V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and bless him upon earth, and deliver him not to the will of his enemies.

Our Father.  Hail Mary.

Let us pray.

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

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  1. McCall1981 says:

    A beautiful video. I found it just after seeing a very hateful ‘news’ artical directed against Pope Benedict. It makes my heart ache to see how much some people in the world can hate such a holy man. I feel blessed to have come into the Church during his pontificate. May God bless Pope Benedict!

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Very good selection of pictures.

    Tomorrow is certainly an amazing historic day.

    In observance of it we are ringing our bells at 8 PM Rome time for 90 seconds – a five-bell peal.

    Most likely the only time this will ever happen in most of out lifetimes.

    I am hoping for some video of the chopper taking off.

    Kind of like the Nixon departure footage – now I am NOT making a comparison regarding the disgrace of the Nixon presidency . . . I am simply referring to the moving spectacle of the outgoing leader choppering away . . . high drama on a global, epochal scale. Footage like that would be tear-worthy.

  3. monmir says:

    Beautiful set of photographs. Ringing the bells at my church tomorrow in NYC. Praying the Litany of the Saints every day besides the rosary, and will do so pre-retirement time. We need all the help we can get.

  4. MarrakeshEspresso says:

    Let us pray for our Pope … and then ADOPT A CARDINAL!
    The numbers of people doing this are rising at a staggering rate – I’m very impressed.

  5. monmir says:

    Adopt a Cardinal? I would rather pray to the Holy Spirit and let him do the community organizing.

  6. MarrakeshEspresso says:

    monmir, THAT’S THE IDEA.
    It’s not ‘adopt a Cardinal and then pray that he becomes Pope’.
    It’s ‘adopt a Cardinal and pray he picks the right one under the influence of the Holy Spirit’.
    Although having said that, I’m strongly tempted to run a parish sweep and do some fundraising for our local prolife charity …

  7. happyCatholic says:

    Wow, Marrakesh, you are right. When I “adopted” a cardinal a day or so ago, there were only 19,000 or so people who had participated. The number I just checked at your link is at 90,000 plus. I am finding it a good way to focus my prayers for the conclave — more concrete and also puts a representative face to the conclave.

  8. VexillaRegis says:

    Getting teary-eyed again, how I will miss Benedict XVI! I will always be thankful to the Holy Father.

    As an aside: there are only two women in this video: the last one is Princess Charlene of Monaco and the first one is the Swedish, non-catholic, Ambassador to the Holy See, Ulla Gudmundsson. Swedish friends tell me she is quite BXVI-friendly!

  9. StWinefride says:

    I have always loved pictures of Pope Benedict at prayer – there’s something very moving about them. You’ll be so missed, Papa!

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  11. David Zampino says:

    I “adopted” a Cardinal as well. It is helping me to focus my prayers.

    Last night, I taught an RCIA class. At least half the class was given over to discussion of Pope Benedict, and how the election of a new Pope works. It was a very good discussion.

  12. The Masked Chicken says:

    “Last night, I taught an RCIA class. At least half the class was given over to discussion of Pope Benedict, and how the election of a new Pope works. It was a very good discussion.”

    I really wish most RCIA classes were like this: filled with correct facts and lively discussions.

    The Chicken

  13. PA mom says:

    My class was the same. Very high interest, luckily I had some Pope facts with me, thank you Fr Z.

  14. wmeyer says:

    I really wish most RCIA classes were like this: filled with correct facts and lively discussions.

    Amen, amen! I shudder to imagine what the class may have been like at my former parish. They may have been praying for Sr. Joan to be elected.

  15. The Sicilian Woman says:

    McCall1981, a brief mention of mine at work about what I was giving up for Lent (it was directly related to the discussion at hand) led to my 20-something female co-worker (who has parroted what she learned in a womens’ studies class, and was complaining awhile back about the cost of her birth control pills and is in a relationship with a guy who is long separated from his wife but not advancing in getting a divorce, but of course, there’s no irony in any of this) told me, with a nasty look on her face and tone in her voice: “The Pope is evil.”

    Even the RCIA class I sat in on as I slowly, fully reverted to the Church a couple years ago left a lot to be desired, and I’m in a good parish. I’d love for there to be worldwide standards set and enforeced with regards to RCIA. I can dream, right?

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