It is finished.
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people. Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders; gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber. Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep and say, “Spare thy people, O LORD, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:15-17)
O God, who in your wondrous providence
chose your servant Benedict XVI
to preside over your Church,
we give you most hearty thanks
for the years of his faithful service, praying that,
after having served as the Vicar of your Son on earth,
he may enjoy your abundant blessing in this life
and, at life’s end, be received by your Son into eternal glory.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Election of a Pope
O God, eternal Shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.