"And I tell thee this in my turn, that thou art Peter," and it is upon this rock that I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
-- Matthew, 16:18-19. (Knox Bible)
Prayer for the Church in Anticipation of the Vacancy of the See of Peter
O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of …… and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.
Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church on the rock of Peterʼs faith and have never left Your flock untended, look with love upon us now, and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.
Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us, a new Pope for Your Church who will please You by his holiness and lead us faithfully to You, who are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen