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Lord, source of eternal life and truth,

give to Your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment,

a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and Vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.


Let us pray for Benedict XVI, the Pope.

May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and not hand him over to the power of his enemies.

May Your hand be upon Your holy servant, Lord.

And upon Your Son, Whom You have anointed.

Oremus (Let us pray):

Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and

lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee,

Blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.