From the moment our new pope steps onto the loggia of St Peter’s he will be the target for an onslaught of personal attacks, prejudice and hate from large sections of the media, such as the BBC and much of the British national press, and from a legion of anti-Catholic hate sites on the world wide web. The new pope will also have to endure the disobedience of clergy, religious and laity who habitually reject fundamental moral doctrines of the Faith, and who frequently collaborate with the Church’s enemies in the media to attack the Holy Father.
Examination of Conscience
On the eve of the Conclave Protect the Pope invites our readers to an examination of conscience, did we pray enough for the protection of Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate? Did we make the Holy Father’s intentions our daily prayer? When hearing the latest scurrilous attack on Pope Benedict XVI did we pray for him and the Church or first indulge our anger? If we find that in conscience that we did not pray enough for Pope Benedict XVI, now is the time to make the commitment to pray daily for his successor.
Invitation to join Protect the Pope’s prayer bodyguard
Protect the Pope invites our readers to make the commitment through the comment function of this site to join a spiritual bodyguard to protect the new pope against all attacks, demonic and human. Basically, this is a commitment to engage in spiritual combat to protect our new Holy Father.
Protect the Pope recommends the following prayers as simple ways of preparing ourselves for spiritual combat in defence of the Holy Father.
Preparing for Spiritual Combat
A reading from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-17
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Soul of my Savior sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my Savior, bathe me in thy tide,
wash me with waters gushing from thy side.
Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me;
deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
so shall I never, never part from thee.
Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
in death’s dread moments make me only thine;
call me and bid me come to thee on high
where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.
Prayer to St Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl through the world
for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayers for the protection of the Pope
Pope Leo XIII’s Prayer for the Pope
O Lord, we are the millions of believers, humbly kneeling at your feet and begging you to preserve, defend and save the Sovereign Pontiff for many years. He is the Father of the great fellowship of souls and our Father as well. On this day, as on every other day, he is praying for us also, and is offering to you with holy fervour the sacred Victim of love and peace.
Therefore, O Lord, turn toward us with eyes of pity; for we are now, as it were, forgetful of ourselves, and are praying above all for him. Unite our prayers with his and receive them into the bosom of your infinite mercy, as a sweet savour of active and fruitful charity, whereby the children are united in the Church to their Father. All that he asks of you this day, we too ask it of you in unison with him.
Whether he weeps or rejoices, whether he hopes or offers himself as a victim of charity for his people, we desire to be united with him; we desire that the cry of our hearts should be made one with his. Of your great mercy grant, O Lord, that not one of us may be far from his mind and his heart in the hour that he prays and offers to you the Sacrifice of your blessed Son. At the moment when our venerable High Priest, holding in his hands the very Body of Jesus Christ, shall say to the people over the Chalice of benediction these words: “The peace of the Lord be with you always,” grant, O Lord, that your sweet peace may come down upon our hearts and upon all the nations with new and manifest power. Amen.
Prayer for the Church during a time of attack from her enemies
Grant to your Church, we beseech you, O merciful God, that She being gathered together by the Holy Spirit, may be in no way troubled by attack from her enemies.
O God, who by sin are offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of your people making supplication to you, that free from sin through your Son’s sacrifice on the Cross, we may know your love, though we deserve to know your anger.
Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Catholic people that the secularist powers seek to crush by the exercise of their power. Through our Lord Jesus Christ,your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, worlds without end. Amen.
Protect the Pope comment: If readers of Protect the Pope know of any other prayers for the protection of the Pope and the Church please send them in for our consideration for inclusion with the daily prayers for the prayer bodyguard. Deacon Nick Donnelly