Lord God, you are our eternal shepherd and guide. In your mercy grant your Church a shepherd who will walk in your ways and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Catholic Online) - Exsurge, Domine. Arise, O Lord. Have mercy on us, God of all, and behold us and show us the light of your mercies. Send your fear upon those nations that have not sought after you: that they may know that there is no God beside you, and they may witness to your wonders. Lift up your hand over the pagan nations, that they may see your power. You have shown your holiness through what happened to us, so now let us see your great power in acting among them that they may know you as we also have known you, that there is no God but you, O Lord.
Give us new signs, and work fresh wonders. Glorify your hand, and your right arm. Raise up in furor, and pour out your wrath. Take away the adversary, and crush the enemy. Hasten the time, and remember the end, that they may declare your wonderful works. Let him that escapes be consumed by the rage of your fire: and let them who oppress your people perish. Crush the head of the princes of the enemies that say: there is no other but us.
Gather together all the tribes of Jacob, all those who proclaim your Jesus as Lord, that they may know that there is no God but you, and may declare your great works: and give them back your inheritance as from the beginning. Have mercy on your people, upon whom your name is invoked: and upon the New Israel, Holy Mother Church, whom you have raised up to be your Bride. Have mercy on the New Jerusalem, the City of God which you have sanctified with your Most Precious Blood, the City where you rest.
Fill the New Zion with your unspeakable words, and your people with your glory.
Remember especially at this time when the Church of Rome is sede vacante, O Lord, that when you were about to ascend to your Father, you committed the care, rule, and administration of the vineyard, an image of the triumphant Church, to Peter, as the head and your vicar, and through Peter all his successors.
Give testimony to them that are your creatures from the beginning, and raise up the prophecies and holy words which the former prophets and saints spoke of in your name. Reward them that patiently wait for you, that your prophets and saints may be found faithful: and hear the prayers of your servants, according to the blessing of our former Pope Benedict XVI over your people, and direct us into the way of justice and righteousness. And let all the earth know that dwell upon the earth, that you are God, the beholder of all ages. (Cf. Ecclus. 36:1-19)
We entreat you most humbly, O Lord, that your boundless mercy may give the holy Roman Church a Pontiff to replace our beloved Benedict XVI, one whose loving care in our regard will always be pleasing to you, and by his beneficent rule will always give glory to your name and be deeply honored by your people. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Exsurge, Petre. Arise Peter. O Prince of the Apostles, you who were chosen by the Lord Jesus as the first Rock upon which his Church would be built, who promised the Lord that you loved him and that you would feed his sheep, and who, with the twelve apostles are seated upon thrones next to the glorious throne upon which the Son of Man sits, and shall judge the twelve tribes of Israel, fulfill you pastoral office divinely entrusted to you even while in heaven. Let us recall, blessed Peter, how you taught us to come to, and believe in, Jesus, the living cornerstone laid in Zion, chosen and precious in the sight of God though rejected by men, and thereby to be like living stones. Let us recall how you urged us to allow ourselves to be built into a spiritual house to be a chosen race, a royal and holy priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God's own, to announce the praises of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light, to see ourselves as aliens and sojourners and keep away from worldly desires that wage war against the soul, and to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Thereby, you advised us, we would not be put to shame. (Cf. 1 Pet. 2:4-12) Give heed, Blessed Peter, to the cause of the holy Roman Church, mother of all churches and teacher of the faith, whom you by the order of God, have consecrated by your blood. Amen.
Exsurge tu quoque, quaesumus, Paule. We beseech you also, Blessed Paul, to arise. O Apostle to the Gentiles, vessel of election, and preacher of Christ and him crucified to the whole world, you enlightened and illuminated the Church by your doctrine, and with blessed Peter were martyred by a sword at Rome and spilt your blood in fidelity to the Lord, hear our prayer. You taught us no longer to live I, but to live in Christ (Gal. 2:20), to glory in only in the Cross of Christ (Gal. 6:14), to be all things to all men (1 Cor. 9:19-23), to walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4), and not to receive the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). You taught us also to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12), to treat our bodies as living temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19-20), to live a life of purity and put away shameful lusts (Col. 3:8), to put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:13), and to run the race, and press forward to the end, that we might win an imperishable crown (2 Tim. 4:7; 1 Cor. 9:24-25). We beseech your intercession on behalf of the holy Roman Church which you sanctified with your blood in a precious martyrdom in witness to Our Lord. Amen.
Exsurge Maria, Mater Ecclesiae. Arise, O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, and remember, O Most Gracious Virgin, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored for your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother, to you do we come, before you we stand, sinful, and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions that we be given a Pope after the Lord's own heart. Amen
Exsurgat denique, omnis Sanctorum, ac reliqua universalis Ecclesia. Finally, let the whole Church of the saints and the rest of the universal church, both militant and triumphant, arise and pray: Lord God, you are our eternal shepherd and guide. In your mercy grant your Church a shepherd who will walk in your ways and whose watchful care will bring us your blessing. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Exsurge cardinales Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae. Arise, O Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Recall the scarlet of your robes, your promise to sacrifice yourselves for the good of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, even to the point of shedding blood, and keep watch over yourselves as you gather in conclave. Recall your duties to the Lord himself, and to his flock, for whose good you have been made electors of the Roman Pontiff, the Bishop of Rome who in his Petrine office is to guide and feed the Church of the Lord which he redeemed with his own blood. Put aside all rivalries between you, O princes of the Church, avoid faction, and think only of the good of the Church, of its need for unity, of the need to implement the conciliar reforms of Vatican II with the hermeneutic of continuity, of the need to continue the reform of the reform of the Liturgy. Think of the world's desperate need for the words of the Gospel, who is Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life and through whom alone one is able to come to the Father. Remember also, that the Church is the bride of Christ, and that she is in constant need to be purified from whatever filth impairs her mission to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, to sanctify her people through the ministry of Sacraments, and to teach them with the authority of her Magisterium so that we may know the authentic Gospel of Christ, and not a man's, or what is worse, the devil's counterfeit.
Veni Sancte Spiritus. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the cardinals of the Holy Roman Church, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.
Andrew M. Greenwell is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas, practicing in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is married with three children. He maintains a blog entirely devoted to the natural law called Lex Christianorum. You can contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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