V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius (Ps 40,3).
Pater Noster… Ave Maria…
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiæ tuæ præesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quæsumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus præest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.
V. Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.
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 (Ps 40,3).
Our Father… Hail Mary…
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Don’t think our Lord isn’t entirely solicitous for welfare and protection and continuing sanctification of His own Vicar on earth. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah will not deal kindly with those who strike at the Shepherd. Our Lord knows what it’s like to be struck. He doesn’t like it. And He takes exception when it is one of His own. Our Lord has taken some scars, to be sure, but He will be the only one left standing. Have no doubt about it.
And this donkey at Holy Souls Hermitage will do all he can to help facilitate the new Pontificate in any way he can, even if it’s just braying badly, or offering a kick or two when necessary. We don’t need more wolves. We need more donkeys.