Prayers for His Holiness,
Pope Benedict XVI

to Shepherd Me, O God

O God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
pour out an abundance of the grace of Your Holy Spirit
upon Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Teoctist,
upon those accompanying them and the Churches represented:
may their visit be yet another stepping stone towards the fulfillment of
Your Son's prayer: that all may be one!
Father, thank You for this gift on the verge of a new millennium.
Thank You for the courage and faith that prevailed for their visit to take place.
Thank You for the vision of those who, despite all obstacles,
pursue this holy cause.
Quiet the criticism, inspire the seekers, encourage the young, and
comfort those who, for the sake of the Name, suffered so much for so long.
Let the Glory of Christ Risen shine forth.
Let the Church be renewed and reconciled.
Father, let their visit bear rich fruit: to the Praise of Your Glory.
Mary, Mother entrusted to us by Christ on His Cross, warm the hearts of
the Pope and the Patriarch and all with your motherly love:
the family's hearth.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: unto ages of ages.

Lord Jesus Christ, You willed to build your Church on Peter the Rock and the Popes who have succeeded him through the ages. Pour forth your grace on our Holy Father, that he may be a living sign and an indefatigable promoter of the unity of the Church.
Help him to proclaim your message to all people and to listen to the message that comes to him from the consensus of all its members and from the world that You made. Make him serve others after your example and in accord with his traditional title: "Servant of the servants of God."
Unite us closely to him and make us docile to his teachings. Amen.

God, our Father, we ask You to look with mercy and love on Your servant, Benedict, whom You have chosen to govern Your Church and shepherd Your people. May he, through word and through example, direct, sustain and encourage the people in his care so that with them he may share everlasting life in Your kingdom. Amen.

May the Lord preserve our Holy Father, Benedict. May He give him life
and protect him in this life and reserve for him the reward of the just. Amen.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd Benedict a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for the world. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessed are You, Father, Who, in Your infinite love, gave us Your only-begotten Son. By the power of the Holy Spirit, He became incarnate in the spotless womb of the Virgin Mary and was born in Bethlehem. He became our companion on life's path and gave new meaning to our history, the journey we make together in toil and suffering, in faithfulness and love, towards the new heaven and the new earth where You, once death has been vanquished, will be all in all.

Praise and glory to You, Most Holy Trinity, You alone are God most high!

By your grace, O Father, the Jubilee Year began a new millennium, a time of deep purification and conversion wherein you invited the Church and the entire human race to return to you in and through your Son Jesus Christ. In such a wonderful way You gave us the gift of Pope John Paul II, in this significant moment in the history of the Church and the world, to teach, pastor and lead us into this millennium. We now pray for Your servant, Pope Benedict XVI, who has faithfully and tirelessly proclaimed in word and deed the Good News of Jesus Christ. As he enters the beginning of his Papal service, Lord, hold him close to Your heart; heal and comfort him, let him know Your deep, intimate presence as he continues to pour himself out for You and, in Your Son, for the sake of the world. May we truly encounter, as he prayed with Pope John Paul II in the Jubilee, a time of reconciliation between people, and of peace restored among nations, a time when swords are beaten into ploughshares and the clash of arms gives way to songs of peace. Father, grant great favor to our beloved Pope, so docile to the voice of the Spirit, faithful to the way of Christ, diligent in listening to Your Word and in leading so many to the wellsprings of grace.

Praise and glory to You, Most Holy Trinity, You alone are God most high!

Father, by the power of the Spirit, strengthen Pope Benedict's and the Church's commitment to the new evangelization Pope John Paul has proclaimed, and guide our steps along the pathways of the world to proclaim Christ by our lives, and to direct our earthly pilgrimage towards the City of heavenly light as he has both taught and demonstrated through his own holy life, extraordinary teaching and prophetic invitation. May Christ's followers show forth their love for the poor and the oppressed; may they be one with those in need and abound in works of mercy; may they be compassionate towards all, that they themselves may obtain indulgence and forgiveness from You.

Praise and glory to You, Most holy Trinity, You alone are God most high!

Father, grant that Your Son's disciples, purified in memory and acknowledging their failings, may be one, that the world may believe. May dialogue between the followers of the great religions expand, and may all people discover the joy of being Your children. May the intercession of Mary, Mother of Your faithful people, the one to whom Pope John Paul consecrated himself, his fruitful service and the entire Church and world, in union with the prayers of the Apostles, the Christian martyrs, and the righteous of every people and every age, bring comfort, healing, mercy and consolation to Your son, Benedict XVI, and make this millennium a time of renewed hope and of joy in the Spirit for each of us and for the whole Church.

Praise and glory to You, Most Holy Trinity, You alone are God most high!

To you, Almighty Father, Creator of the universe and of mankind, through Christ, the Living One, Lord of time and history, in the Spirit Who makes all things holy, be praise and honor and glory now and forever. Amen

Prayer for a Deceased Pope

In Your wise providence, O God, You wished Your servant (Name) to be counted one of the Popes. Please number him also among the company of Your saintly Pontiffs, we beg You, since he ruled as Vicar on earth of Your only Son. This we ask through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.