The Seminary community joins together in prayer with a special Mass requested by Archbishop Cordileone at 8 a.m. today. When the new Pope is elected the Seminary program will halt and all will gather together for the announcement broadcast live from Rome. Below is an appropriate prayer for us on this historic day. 

Prayer for a New Pope

O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI 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 Peter's 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.

Written by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore - the First Catholic See of the USA