PRAYER FOR OUR NEW HOLY FATHER by Father Jay Bowden
O God, eternal shepherd, you govern your flock with unfailing care. You have given us a new Holy Father, Pope Francis. May his personal holiness mirror that of his beloved predecessors who have served you and your people throughout our lifetime.
May Pope Francis be given true and respectful hearing and following among the various people of the Church and of the world. May he help build your Church as did Francis of Assisi centuries ago. Protect and guide our Holy Father Lord God, and may the people of the world and of the Church ever come to more clearly see, hear and follow You under his leadership. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.