Oremus pro Pontifice

Prayer for the Pope

This ancient prayer for the Pope has been frequently set to music, including in the venerable Liber Usualis. There are two versions given here, one for Father Benedict, the Pope Emeritus, and one for Pope Francis.

Pope Emeritus Benedict

Prayer for Pope Francis

Pope Francis

V. Let us pray for Francis, the Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.
V. Fiat manus tua super virum dexteræ tuæ.
R. Et super filium tuum quia confirmasti tibi.
Let us pray.
O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Francis, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting.
Through Christ our Lord.
Oremus.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Franciscum, et quem pastorem Ecclesiæ tuæ præesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quæsumus, verbo et exemplo quibus præest, proficere; ut ad vitam una cum grege sibi credito sempiternam.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen. R. Amen.

My dear friends – at this moment I can only say: pray for me, that I may learn to love the Lord more and more. Pray for me, that I may learn to love his flock more and more – in other words, you, the holy Church, each one of you and all of you together.

Pray for me, that I may not flee for fear of the wolves. Let us pray for one another, that the Lord will carry us and that we will learn to carry one another.

Pope Benedict XVI
Mass for the inauguration
Rome, April 25, 2005

Prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

V. Let us pray for Benedict XVI, the Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord not hand him over to the power of his enemies.
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicto Decimo Sexto.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.
V. May your hand be upon your holy servant.
R. And upon your son whom you have anointed.
V. Fiat manus tua super virum dexteræ tuæ.
R. Et super filium tuum quia confirmasti tibi.
Let us pray.
O God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Benedict, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting.
Through Christ our Lord.
Oremus.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Benedictum, et quem pastorem Ecclesiæ tuæ præesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quæsumus, verbo et exemplo quibus præest, proficere; ut ad vitam una cum grege sibi credito sempiternam.
Per Christum Dominum nostrum.
R. Amen. R. Amen.

Saint Peter