Prayers for the Roman Pontiff

V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, 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.

LET US PRAY: O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Benedict, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

[Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be (see the main Prayers page)].


Litany of Loreto

To pray the Litany as a group, the leader recites the main body while the congregation makes the responses contained in the brackets, below.  In private recitation, simply pray all the parts out loud.

Lord, have mercy on us. (Christ have mercy on us.)

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (Christ graciously hear us.)

God, the Father of heaven, (have mercy on us.)

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, (have mercy on us.)

God the Holy Spirit, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Trinity, one God, (have mercy on us.)

Holy Mary, (pray for us) & repeat "pray for us" after each of the following, ending with "Queen of peace"

Holy Mother of God,

Holy Virgin of virgins,

Mother of Christ,

Mother of the Church, 

Mother of divine grace,

Mother most pure,

Mother most chaste,

Mother inviolate,

Mother undefiled,

Mother most amiable,

Mother most admirable,

Mother of good counsel,

Mother of our Creator,

Mother of our Savior,

Virgin most prudent,

Virgin most venerable,

Virgin most renouned,

Virgin most powerful,

Virgin most merciful,

Virgin most faithful,

Mirror of justice,

Seat of wisdom,

Cause of our joy,

Spiritual vessel,

Vessel of honor,

Singular vessel of devotion,

Mystical rose,

Tower of David,

Tower of ivory,

House of gold,

Ark of the covenant,

Gate of heaven,

Morning star,

Health of the sick,

Refuge of sinners,

Comforter of the afflicted,

Help of Christians,

Queen of angels,

Queen of patriarchs,

Queen of prophets,

Queen of apostles,

Queen of martyrs,

Queen of confessors,

Queen of virgins,

Queen of all saints,

Queen conceived without original sin,

Queen assumed into heaven,

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary,

Queen of families,

Queen of peace,

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (spare us, O Lord.)

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (graciously hear us O Lord.)

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, (have mercy on us.)

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. (That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.)

Let us pray: Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and, by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


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