Monday, February 11, 2013

I Didn't Expect to Need These Again Quite So Soon

From the traditional Missal, the Votive Mass for the Election of a Pope:

We humbly beseech Thee, O Lord:  That of Thy unbounded mercy Thou wouldest grant unto the holy Roman Church a Pontiff; who by his tender care towards us may ever find favour in Thy sight, and, studying to preserve Thy people in safety, may ever be honoured by us to the glory of Thy name.  Through our Lord.   Amen.

Supplici, Domine, humilitate deposcimus:  ut sacrosanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ concedat Pontificem illum tua immensa pietas;  qui et pio in nos studio semper tibi placitus, et tuo populo pro salubri regimine sit assidue ad gloriam tui nominis reverendus.  Per Dominum nostrum.  Amen.

From the BCP, slightly adapted:

Almighty and everlasting God, who by thy Holy Spirit didst preside in the Council of the blessed Apostles, and hast promised, through thy Son Jesus Christ, to be with thy Church to the end of the world;  We beseech thee to be with the College of Cardinals assembled in thy Name and Presence.  Save them from all error, ignorance, pride, and prejudice; and of thy great mercy vouchsafe, we beseech thee, so to direct, sanctify, and govern them in their work, by the mighty power of the Holy Ghost, that the comfortable Gospel of Christ may be truly preached, truly received, and truly followed, in all places, to the breaking down the kingdom of sin, Satan, and death; till at length the whole of thy dispersed sheep, being gathered into one fold, shall become partakers of everlasting life; through the merits and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour.  Amen.

And once more, and for a while yet, what's been near the top of the left-hand column for the past few years:

Oremus pro beatissimo Papa Nostro Benedicto:

 Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatam faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.

 Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon Thy servant, Benedict, our Supreme Pontiff, and direct him, according to Thy loving-kindness, in the ways of eternal salvation; that, of Thy gift he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto Thee and may accomplish it with all his might. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.