Sunday, 17 February 2013

Prayer for the Election of a Pope

Even though Benedict XVI is still our Pope, and the election of a new Pope may be a month away, it is yet timely to pray that God will bless his Church with a worthy Successor of Saint Peter.  The College of Cardinals is responsible for electing the new Pope, but every Catholic plays a crucial role in this process, by praying for God's guidance of the Cardinals in making their selection.  Make no mistake, the Cardinals need our prayers.

This fine prayer is the Collect from the Mass for the Election of the Pope found amongst the Votive Masses of the 1962 Missal.  Pray it every day:
We humbly beseech you, O Lord, that of your boundless mercy you would grant to your Holy Roman Church a Pontiff who, by his tender care of us, may ever find favour in your sight; and ever be honoured by your people, because of his good government of your Church, to the glory of your name.  Amen.