Today is a sad and solemn day as the Church will enter a period of sede vacante, but it is also hopeful. May we all continue to pray for Pope Benedict XVI, soon to be officially called "Pontiff Emeritus," for the College of Cardinals, and for the next successor of Peter.
Oremus pro Pontifice
(To be prayed often in the next 12 hours)
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.