A Prayer of Blessing for Pope Francis and the Universal Church
- The King of Love, My Shepherd Is (St. Columba)
- Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service (In Babilone)
- The Church’s One Foundation (Aurelia)
- Like A Shepherd (Dufford, OCP)
- Shepherd of My Heart (O’Brien, GIA)
- Make Us True Servants (Wente, Slane, WLP)
- Prayer of St. Francis (Temple, OCP)
Upon the election of a new Pope, the Church celebrates the faithful witness of all believers to Christ and his Gospel. The Holy Spirit was present on the day of Pentecost and at our Baptism, and the Holy Spirit was present with the College of Cardinals when they elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina. May we now praise the goodness of God as we pray for Pope Francis, the Church, and the world.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
God of wisdom and love,
you sent your Spirit to call a humble fisherman, Peter,
to follow Christ along the path of discipleship.
On this journey, Peter witnessed the loving power of Jesus
as the storms of life were calmed, diseases were cured, and demons driven away.
He encountered the compassionate heart of Christ,
as he dined with sinners and prostitutes,
preached of a forgiveness without end,
and washed the feet of his friends,
especially those who would eventually deny and betray him.
As you brought Peter down from the mountaintop of prayer
into the valley of discipleship,
remain upon Peter’s humble successor, Pope Francis.
Bless the Church under the care of our new Holy Father.
May he be a gentle shepherd called to tend his flock
with your kindness and generosity.
By your love and gentleness,
may Pope Francis inspire us to love God our Father
by returning the sheep gone astray to the flock of the Lord.
May he serve the Church in the image of Christ,
patterned by the faith of Simon Peter, the Rock.
As the keys once presented to St. Peter are entrusted to Pope Francis,
may we ever discover ways to unlock the door of faith
to a world most in need of the spiritual gifts you shower upon us.
We make our prayer with Christ your Son,
and through the gentle yet ever-changing power of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalm Response Psalm 100 (Lectionary #864.2)
We are his people: the sheep of his flock.
Gospel Reading John 21:15-17 (Lectionary #774.13)
Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.
Litany of Blessings
Loving God, gentle and compassionate,
you gave us your Son as both Shepherd and Lamb
to serve with kindness and redeem a chosen people.
Let us humbly ask for blessings upon the Church, Pope Francis,
the entire flock you have called as your own,
and for those who seek your love and mercy.
Our response to each petition will be, “Bless and keep us, O Lord.”
- Bless the Church for proclaiming the Good News to the world, we pray…
- Bless the people of God with an increase of faith, hope, and charity, we pray…
- Bless us as we continue to seek and return the lost sheep to the fold, we pray…
- Bless Pope Francis with continued humility as we strive to serve the poor and lowly, we pray…
- Bless Pope Francis with Christ’s compassion toward sinners and hypocrites, we pray…
- Bless Pope Francis with a Church zealous in her mission of evangelization, we pray…
- In thanksgiving, bless Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with health and happiness, we pray…
- In thanksgiving, bless the College of Cardinals’ continued wisdom in their service, we pray…
- In thanksgiving, bless all clergy, religious, and lay faithful who commit their lives to the Gospel, we pray…
- In thanksgiving for the many blessings in our lives, we pray…
Let us pause so that the prayers kept in the silence of our hearts may rise like incense to the Lord our God…
- Our Father . . .
- Hail Mary . . .
- Glory Be to the Father . . .
- Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
- St. Peter, pray for us.
- St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
- St. Ignatius, pray for us.
- St. Francis Xavier, pray for us.
- All holy men and women, pray for us.
And may Almighty God bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us everlasting life. Amen.
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