Prayers for the Pope

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Raccolta, #653

Original translation

O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at Thy feet and begging Thee to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering unto Thee with holy fervor the sacred Victim of love and peace.

Wherefore, O Lord, turn Thyself toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Do Thou unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Thine infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of Thee this day, we too ask it of Thee in union with him.

Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; nay more, we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of Thy great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers unto Thee the Sacrifice of Thy blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Thy sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.

Revised translation

This is an unauthorized modification. I find the original far too archaic for my taste.

O Lord, we with millions of believers, humbly kneel at Your feet and beg You to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he prays for us, too, and with holy fervor offers You the sacred Victim of love and peace.

So, Lord, turn toward us with eyes of pity, for we now forget ourselves and pray above all for him. Unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of Your infinite mercy, as a sweet savor of active and fruitful charity, by which the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of You this day, we too ask of You in union with him.

Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; may the cry of our hearts be made one with his. In Your great mercy, grant, Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour in which he prays and offers You the Sacrifice of Your blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in His hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction, "The peace of the Lord be with you always," grant, O Lord, that Your sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.

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