11 February 2013

Novena for the Retirement of Pope Benedict XVI

A friend just sent me some news that, I admit, upset me at first, but after reading the report on News.va, I understand. Today, Pope Benedict XVI said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Now he and his brother can spend the time together they planned to in their retirement, a plan that was altered by the conclave of 2005.

My friend also suggested that we pray a novena from February 19th to February 28th as a 'retirement gift' to our beloved pontiff. This is a very good idea; however, I suggest different dates. The F.S.S.P. has suggested a Novena to St. Peter for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, which is prayed from February 14th to the 22nd. I suggest we pray this novena but extend it an additional six days as a 15 day novena.


In Latin:

Pater Noster, 3 Ave Maria, Gloria Patri

V. Orémus pro Pontífice nostro Benedícto.
R. Dóminus consérvet eum, et vivíficet eum, et beátum fáciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in ánimam inimicórum eius.

V. Tu es Petrus.
R. Et super hanc petram ædificábo Ecclésiam meam.


Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, miserére fámulo tuo Pontífici nostro Benedícto: et dírige eum secúndum tuam cleméntiam in viam salútis ætérnæ : ut, te donánte, tibi plácita cúpiat, et tota virtúte perfíciat. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum.
R. Amen.

V. Mater Ecclésiæ,
R. ora pro nobis.

V. Sancte Petre,
R. ora pro nobis.

In English:

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory be.

V. Let us pray for our Pope Benedict.
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.

V. Thou art Peter,
R. And upon this Rock, I will build My Church.

Let us Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, have mercy upon your servant, Benedict, our Sovereign Pontiff, and guide him in your goodness on the way of eternal salvation; so that, with the prompting of your grace, he may desire what pleases you and accomplish it with all his strength. Through Christ Our Lord.
R. Amen.

V. Mother of the Church.
R. Pray for us.

V. St. Peter.
R. Pray for us.

Scott Hahn posted this on Facebook an hour ago:

Back on April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI did something rather striking, but which went largely unnoticed.

He stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval Pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine's tomb!

Fifteen months later, on July 4, 2010, Benedict went out of his way again, this time to visit and pray in the cathedral of Sulmona, near Rome, before the relics of this same saint, Celestine V.

Few people, however, noticed at the time.

Only now, we may be gaining a better understanding of what it meant. These actions were probably more than pious acts. More likely, they were profound and symbolic gestures of a very personal nature, which conveyed a message that a Pope can hardly deliver any other way.

In the year 1294, this man (Fr. Pietro Angelerio), known by all as a devout and holy priest, was elected Pope, somewhat against his will, shortly before his 80th birthday (Ratzinger was 78 when he was elected Pope in 2005). Just five months later, after issuing a formal decree allowing popes to resign (or abdicate, like other rulers), Pope Celestine V exercised that right. And now Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to follow in the footsteps of this venerable model.

ZENIT: Historian Notes Precedents for Papal Resignation