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Novena for Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope is always praying for us and working to help us to have a deeper faith in Christ. It’s very important for us to lift up our Holy Father in prayer. This novena is meant for the faithful to support the Pope through prayer.

Day 1

Heavenly father, Your Providence guides the Church and the successor to St. Peter, Pope Benedict XVI. May he be protected at all times from spiritual attacks so that he may lead Your Church to greater holiness and unity through Your Holy Spirit.

Day 2

Prince of Peace, we come to You today to ask for Your grace of peace for our Holy Father. There are many problems in the world and in the Church that he must address everyday. We beg You for peace in the world, peace in our hearts as we face the brokenness of a fallen world and peace for the Pope as he shepherds Your Church.

Day 3

Dear Lord, Your servant Benedict has given his life for the Church and for You. As he now steps down from leadership, please protect his health as he grows older so that he can continue to serve You in prayer.

Day 4

Jesus, You gave to us a great Pope in Benedict XVI. You blessed him with wisdom, insight and intelligence to help guide Your Church on an intellectual level. We pray for his ministry as a teacher specifically through his writing. We pray that his writings about You will reach the whole world with Your saving message. We pray for a deeper understanding of our faith through the Pope’s writings.

Day 5

Jesus, we pray for our beloved Pope and for his intentions. We pray for his personal intentions and for his recent decision to retire. That Your will be done through the election of his successor.

Day 6

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 in these last days of his rule, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.

Day 7

Heavenly Father, our Pope has shown us an example of great humility. May he be blessed as You promised in Holy Scripture for he is meek and humble of heart. Grant that the whole world will be moved by his example.

Day 8

Lord Jesus, You suffered persecutions and physical anguish for our sake. Grant, we pray, that the Holy Father is strengthened to unite the sufferings he has endured due to persecutions and his physical limitations to Your cross.

Day 9

On this final day of his reign as Pope, we pray to You Almighty God, that Pope Benedict XVI will grow ever closer to You. May Pope Benedict’s prayers for the Church be answered. May Pope Benedict’s prayers for the Papacy be answered. May Pope Benedict’s prayers for all of us be answered – According to Your Holy will.

After praying the daily prayers above, finish with the following prayers.

[Insert your intentions and personal petitions for the Pope here]

Prayer for the Pope:

Let us pray for Benedict, the Pope.
May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
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.
And upon Your son, whom You have anointed.

Closing: The Prayer of St. Benedict

Gracious and holy Father,
please give to our Pope and
to us the faithful:
intellect to understand You;
reason to discern You;
diligence to seek You;
wisdom to find You;
a spirit to know You;
a heart to meditate upon You;
ears to hear You;
eyes to see You;
a tongue to proclaim You;
a way of life pleasing to You;
patience to wait for You;
and perseverance to look for You.

Grant Your servant the
Pope and us the faithful:
a perfect end,
Your holy presence.
A blessed resurrection,
And life everlasting.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

Amen.

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