Many of the faithful are aware of the opposition which the Holy Father has faced in his efforts to reconcile the Society of Pius X. The current pressure from the media and others seems to not only threaten Pope Benedict’s work with the SSPX. It also seems as though some would like to see it work as a means to undermine his very teaching and governing authority for his pontificate.
Given these oppositions which the Holy Father faces; given the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s particular role in working as a bridge for those who have grown apart from the Church in the last fifty years; finally, given that we hold St. Peter as our patron and have a particular attachment to his successor, the Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its the members to offer prayers for strength for Pope Benedict XVI.
Although this novena was originally offered from February 14 until the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 23, 2007, reconciliation has not yet been achieved, and the Holy Father still faces opposition from many fronts. We ask the faithful in our Apostolates, and all supporters of the Fraternity, to continue to offer this novena periodically for the intentions of the Holy Father and for his strength.
NOVENA FOR THE POPE
Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri
V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.
V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.
Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. R. Amen.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.
V: Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
R: May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.
Let us Pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.
V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.
V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.