O God, true shepherd of all the faithful,
look with kindness on your servant
Pope Benedict XVI,
whom you set as head and shepherd of
We give you thanks for your grace at work
as he has led us by word and example:
in his teaching, in his prayer, and in his
Grant him your strength in frailty,
comfort in sorrow,
and serenity amid the trials of this world;
and guide your Church, built on the
rock of Peter,
with the power of your Spirit
as we continue on the path that leads to you.
Through Christ our Lord.