"In these days when Satan has been given a long rope, we want above all things to share in the PRAYER OF CHRIST for the preservation of faith. But we know that we can do this only through our union with Peter. To Peter, and with the Pope (...),we look for the never failing faith, for the assurance that neither the pillars of the Church, nor its inferior parts will ever be severed from the Church's structure. With Ambrose we repeat: "Where Peter is, there is the Church". God grant that we will not keep him "knocking".
-- Bishop Sheen (The Voice of Peter)
Novena for the Election of a New Pope
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come. From thy bright heavenly throne! Come, take possession of our souls, And make them all Thine Own!
Thou who art called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!
Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.
Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both
Thrice blessed Three in One.
Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to Thee! Amen