Keeping Up With the Pope

8821135_GHe’s here!  And if you want to keep up with all the live coverage of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the US please visit our totally revamped website  You can watch the live stream of all the Papal events, and find the transcripts of his talks and homilies on our Tu Es Petrus page.

Here are some prayers for the Pope and those he will meet today, as taken from the USCCB website’s Virtual Pilgrimage – Prayers for Pope Francis:

As Pope Francis goes to the White House to meet President Obama, please join in prayer that they will have a fruitful meeting. Here is a prayer from the Roman Missal for those in public office: 

Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart and the rights of peoples,
look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us,
that throughout the whole world
the prosperity of peoples,
the assurance of peace,
and freedom of religion
may through your gift be made secure.
Through Christ our Lord.

As Pope Francis gathers with the Bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C., please join them in prayer. Here is a prayer for Bishops from the Roman Missal: 

O God, eternal shepherd of the faithful,
who tend your Church in countless ways
and rule over her in love,
grant, we pray, that our Bishops, your servants,
whom you have set over your people,
may preside in the place of Christ
over the flock whose shepherd they are,
and be faithful as teachers of doctrine,
Priests of sacred worship,
and as those who serve them by governing.
Through Christ our Lord.

Today Pope Francis is declaring that the great missionary to California Junípero Serra is a saint. Please join in prayer for his intercession. Here is the Collect, or opening prayer, for today’s Mass:

O God, who by your ineffable mercy
have been pleased through the labors
of your Priest Saint Junípero Serra
to count many American peoples within your Church,
grant by his intercession
that we may so join our hearts to you in love,
as to carry always and everywhere before all people
the image of your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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