Thursday, February 28, 2013


Did you know this was Pope Benedict XVI's coat of arms? You can read all about it at the Vatican website here.

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.


Sue said...

I've been watching various clips online today, and I can't help tearing up. We feel like he's "our" Pope, since we became Catholic during his pontificate. We will miss him so much!!

Praying along with you for dear Pope Benedict and for the College of Cardinals as they begin the process of electing our new Holy Father!

jasmine tea said...

I know, Sue! For me it was the still photos from Catholic TV that Fr. Z was posting... the Pope leaving the Vatican, flying in a helicopter past the Coliseum to Castel Gandolfo, and taking his leave of the crowd that had gathered there, with the setting sun on his white cassock and golden ring.

In an address to cardinals this morning, he said, "Before greeting you each personally, I desire to tell you that I will continue to be near to you in prayer, especially in the upcoming days, so that you may be entirely docile to the action of the Holy Spirit in the election of a new Pope. May the Lord show you what He wants you to do. And among you, in the College of Cardinals, there is the future Pope, to whom I, already, promise my unconditioned reverence and obedience."

What a strange feeling he must have had, looking at them (though not all were assembled there, of course) and knowing that one of them will be the next Pope during his lifetime! And his promise is as elegant as it is suitable.