Prayer for the Church in Anticipation of the Vacancy of the See of St. Peter

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Supreme Pastor of Your Church
we thank you for the ministry
of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth
and the selfless care
with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter,
and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd,
who founded Your Church
on the rock of St. Peter's faith
and who has never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church
in faith, hope and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus,
in Your boundless love for us
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same
yesterday, today, and forever.