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Upon the Resignation of the Pope

Liturgical Notes Upon the Resignation of the Pope

For additional information, please refer to “Liturgical Notes and Resource Materials for Use Upon the Resignation of the Pope” from the USCCB.

IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE HOLY FATHER’S MINISTRY

During this time it is appropriate to celebrate a special mass for the Pope. This Mass may be celebrated with white vestments on the weekdays of Lent (refer to the Table of Liturgical Days). The propers come from Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 2. For a Pope.

In lieu of a special Mass, the Mass intention may be offered for the Holy Father.

PRAYER IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE MINISTRY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

We give you thanks, almighty Father, 
for the faithful ministry of your servant Benedict, 
who, as chief shepherd of your People, 
shared with us profound insights into the mysteries of faith.
Empowered by the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, 
may we join in communion with one another 
to bring forth your Kingdom 
in faith, hope and love. 
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Te damos gracias, Padre Todopoderoso,
Por el fiel ministerio de tu siervo Benedicto XVI,
que, como Pastor Supremo de tu Pueblo
compartió con nosotros conocimientos profundos en los misterios de la fe.
Fortalecidos por el amor de tu Hijo Jesucristo,
nos unimos en comunión para traer su Reino
en la fe, la esperanza y el amor.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo,
un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén.

 

SAMPLE INTERCESSION FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI

For Pope Benedict XVI, who preached that God is love and that we are saved by hope, that he may be strengthened in hope and know God’s love for him now and for all eternity, we pray to the Lord.

For Pope Benedict XVI, who served the Church faithfully as Supreme Pontiff, that God will bless him with peace and good health, we pray to the Lord.

That the tireless efforts of Pope Benedict XVI in fostering the unity and communion of the Church, may bear fruit in the hearts of all Christians, we pray to the Lord.

 

Por el Papa Benedicto XVI quien predico que Dios es amor y que somos salvos por la esperanza, que ahora él sea fortalecido en la esperanza y teniendo conocimiento de el amor de Dios por él, hoy y por toda la eternidad,
Oremos al Señor…

 

Por el Papa Benedicto XVI, que sirvió fielmente a la Iglesia como Sumo Pontífice, que Dios lo bendiga con paz y buena salud,
Oremos al Señor…

 

Que los incansables esfuerzos del Papa Benedicto XVI de fomentar la unidad y la comunión de la Iglesia, den frutos en los corazones de todos los Cristianos,
Oremos al Señor…

 

 

LITURGICAL NOTES UPON THE RESIGNATION OF THE POPE

From 12:00pm (noon) on February 28, 2013, the line “your servant N. our Pope” (I, III and IV) or “N. our Pope” (II) is omitted from the Eucharistic Prayers until the new Pope is elected.

MASS DURING THE CONCLAVE           

According to the Ceremonial of Bishops, at least once after February 28, a Mass for the election of a new Pope should be. The propers come from Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 4. For the Election of a Pope or Bishop. This Mass may be celebrated on the weekdays of Lent (refer to the Table of Liturgical Days).

A Votive Mass for the Holy Spirit might also be celebrated within the limits of the calendar.

PRAYER FOR THE ELECTION OF A POPE

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 our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Eternal Shepherd, 
pour forth, we pray, 
the Holy Spirit’s power in wind and fire among us all. 
May your gifts of wisdom and discernment, 
come down upon the College of Cardinals, and upon us all, 
that our worldwide communion might deepen, grow 
and walk in our difficult age a clear path to transforming the world.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen. 

 

Eterno Pastor,
Te rogamos, derrames,
entre nosotros el poder del Espíritu Santo en el viento y en el fuego.
Que Tus dones de sabiduría y discernimiento bajen sobre el Colegio de Cardenales y sobre
todos nosotros y que nuestra comunión mundial pueda profundizar, crecer y caminar en
estos tiempos difíciles sobre una ruta clara hacia la transformación del mundo.
Por nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del
Espíritu Santo, un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos. Amen

 

SAMPLE INTERCESSIONS FOR THE ELECTION OF A POPE

For an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church and especially the College of Cardinals gathered for the election of a new Chief Shepherd for the Universal Church, we pray to the Lord.

That the Holy Spirit will lead and guide the Cardinals gathered in the Conclave for the election of a new Chief Shepherd for the Universal Church, we pray to the Lord.

 

Para que el Espíritu Santo se derrame sobre la Iglesia y sobre todo el Colegio de Cardenales reunidos para la elección del nuevo Pastor de la Iglesia Universal,
Roguemos al Señor…

 

Que el Espíritu Santo guie y conduzca a los Cardenales reunidos en el cónclave para la elección del nuevo Pastor Principal de la Iglesia Universal,
Roguemos al Señor…

 

UPON THE ELECTION OF A NEW POPE

A special Mass might be celebrated upon the election of the new Pope. The propers come from Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 2. For a Pope. This Mass may be celebrated on the days ranked below nos. 1-4 on the Table of Liturgical Days.

SAMPLE INTERCESSIONS

For our new Holy Father, N., that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide him in his ministry as Servant of the Servants of God, we pray to the Lord.

 

Por nuestro nuevo Santo Padre, N., que el Espíritu Santo lo guie y oriente en su ministerio como el Siervo de Siervos de Dios,
Roguemos al Señor…