Prayer for the Election of Benedict XVI’s Successor

God our Father,

We thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI,
and for his service to the Church and the world.
We ask that you now give him a fruitful period
of rest and prayer, of gratitude and praise.

We ask you, Lord Jesus, with the Father,
to send the Holy Spirit on the Church once again.

We ask you to guide the Cardinals
who will shortly exercise
the obligation and privilege
of electing a new Pope.
Guide their deliberations and decisions
with divine wisdom and insight
that a worthy shepherd may be elected
to lead your flock on earth.

In all things, Father, your will be done.

We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

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