Novena for Pope Benedict XVI

Our Pope is under attack. The best way we can help defend and protect him is through our prayers. The Knights of Columbus have organized a novena to pray for strength for Pope Benedict XVI during these challenging times. It started today, Divine Mercy Sunday and ends on April 19, the 5th anniversary of his election to the papacy. You can find prayer cards to print out here.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to your shepherd, Benedict, a spirit
of courage and right judgment, a spirit
of knowledge and love. By governing
with fidelity those entrusted to his care,
may he, as successor to the Apostle
Peter and Vicar of Christ, build your
Church into a sacrament of unity, love
and peace for all the world. Amen.
V/ Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.
R/ May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.
V/ May your hand
be upon your holy servant.
R/ And upon your son,
whom you have anointed.
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…

The Cardinal Neumann Society is also offering an opportunity for us to join a spiritual bouquet to be offered for our pope. Prayer is really our best weapon against the enemy. I've already pledged our prayers for this week. How about you?