The Holy Father..."Slowing Down"

12:51 PM

At Mass today, with worry I know I should not have, I felt the need to pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI as I hear reports of him "slowing down."  He's in his mid 80's and it's to be expected, but I can not imagine a next Pope....

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. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor 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 savor 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 to 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 new and manifest power.


Patty said...

I'm thinking the same way about our Pope. Thanks for posting the beautiful prayer. And I love your hand waving signs...who the hands belong to. Very creative :) Hard to believe it has been almost one year since you were there!

PattyinCT said...

Thanks for the beautiful prayer Allison! Love it!!! And hope to pray it often!

Lisa said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful prayer. I just prayed it and will continue to remember him in my prayers. My children pray for him everyday, as well.

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