I was thinking of starting a Novena tomorrow in preparation of the conclave. There does not seem to be any universal memorials for a saint on the 18th of this month and wondered if you might have any appropriate suggestions for praying for our Cardinals as they move to elect our next pope.
The Novena will begin April 9, to end on the 17 before the Conclave begins.
It consists of:
1) The Veni Creator
Veni Creator Spiritus,
Mentes tuorum visita,
Imple superna gratia,
Quae tu creasti, pectora.
Qui diceris Paraclitus,
Altissimi donum Dei,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
Et spiritalis unctio.
Tu septiformis munere,
Digitus Paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
Sermone ditans guttura.
Accende lumen sensibus,
Infunde amorem cordibus,
Infirma nostri corpis
Virtute firmans perpeti.
Hostem repellas longius,
Pacemque dones protinus;
Ductoresic te praevio,
Vitemus omne noxium.
Per te sciamus da Patrem
Noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utrius que Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore.
Deo Patri sit gloria,
Et Filio, qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito
In sacculorum saecula.
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come.
From thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine Own!
Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!
Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God’s right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!
O guide our minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne’er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.
Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both —
Thrice blessed Three in One.
Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
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2) The collect (prayer) of the Missal for the election of a Pope
Supplici, Domine, humilitate deposcimus: ut sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae concedat Pont�ficem illum tua immensa pietas; qui et pio in nos studio semper tibi placitus, et tuo populo pro salubri reg�mine sit assidue ad gloriam tui nominis reverendus. Per Dominum.
O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee, that in Thy boundless mercy Thou wouldst grant the most holy Roman Church a pontiff, who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee, and by his good government may ever be honoured by Thy people for the glory of Thy name. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee livest and regnest world without end. Amen
3) An invocation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, such as:
Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!
The general suggestion seems to be a novena to the Holy Spirit, or a Divine Mercy novena.
Oh, someone’s already posted it. Oh well, now it’s somewhere folk can link to. I wil pinch the Latin from that comment.
How about praying to St. Matthias? “The election fell on Matthias . . .” from Acts.
Novena for the Election of the Next Holy Father
Saturday, April 9�Sunday, April 17, 2005
The Apostolic Constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis, calls the
People of God to be in fervent prayer, in imitation of the disciples in the Upper Room in union with Mary, for the upcoming conclave of cardinals who will gather to elect the next pontiff. In the nine days which follow the funeral of our beloved Pope John Paul II (Friday, April 8) and which precede the beginning of the conclave (Monday, April 18), let us follow these directives in unified prayer for the election of the next Vicar of Christ.
We, the People of God, gathered in solidarity as did the disciples in the Upper Room, pray for the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the cardinals who will be in conclave for the election of the next Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the hearts of our cardinals be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, beyond any human judgment, to elect the candidate most pleasing to you, Heavenly Father, and who will guide the Church at this momentous time in history at the beginning of the Third Millennium.
We invoke our Mother Mary, united in prayer with the disciples in
the Upper Room, to intercede for our cardinals to select the next
Holy Father in docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, her
divine Spouse. Holy Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, we
entrust this conclave to your maternal and Immaculate Heart, and
offer these prayers for your guidance and protection over the
choosing of the next Vicar of your Son:
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Here’s a novena that my parish is making:
Novena of Prayer for our Deceased
Holy Father John Paul II