Shock, sadness, & hope: Pope Benedict XVI renounces the Apostolic See
I must have set a record for progression through the stages of grief: first shock, then denial, then anger, and now sadness have marked my reaction to Pope Benedict's announcement today that, effective at 20:00 hours, Rome time, on 28 February 2013, the See of Rome, the See of St. Peter, would be vacant.
At the Josephinum, we offered our Lauds and Holy Mass for the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes for the intentions of Pope Benedict and for the universal Church.
United to that same intention, I will be praying the Collect for the Election of a Pope from the Roman Missal in the days leading up to the conclave:
Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
— Who made heaven and earth.
Lord, have mercy.
— Christ, have mercy. Lord have mercy.
Our Father (and the rest silently, until:)
And lead us not into temptation.
— But deliver us from evil.
Let us pray.
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.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
St. Peter, pray for us.
All you holy popes, pray for us.
Let us bless the Lord.
— Thanks be to God.