Monday, January 16, 2012

Pray for a New Archbishop

Like many dioceses throughout Australia and the whole world, that of Hobart is waiting for a new bishop; turning to the Missal, I find these prayers "For the Election of a Pope or a Bishop":

O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through...

May your abundant kindness favour us, O Lord, that [, through the sacred offerings we reverently bring to you,*] we may come to rejoice that a pastor pleasing to your majesty presides over your holy Church. Through Christ our Lord.

[As we have been renewed,*] O Lord, [with the supreme Sacrament of salvation, the Body and Blood of your Only Begotten Son,*] may the wondrous grace of your majesty gladden us with the gift of a shepherd who will instruct your people by his virtues and imbue the minds of the faithful with the truth of the Gospel. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen, grant it, Lord!

* Omit these phrases if these prayers are not used at Mass.

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