can it truly be that Our Holy Father has,
given the flock over to the uncertainty?
To a successor to be chosen by princes?
We stop, partly saddened. Wonderment in full.
What will happen next, O God?
We trust in You!
We offer our Holy Father to Your loving care!
Thank you for the gift of the pontificate
of Joseph Ratzinger, for all the world and for all time,
Our sadness now parts;
we trust in You as our Holy Father has
shown us so great a model of trust.
The world, O Lord, cannot overcome You.
The world can never get too big for God.
In this moment, and in all our moments,
You are lovingly with us.
So, we trust in Your care and protection, Lord Jesus.
O Holy Spirit, help the Church in this time of transition.
Be Her guide in all that is done and that transpires
over the coming weeks and months.
The faithful abandon ourselves to You, Loving Lord.
And, assist in a most special way, keeping him always near you,
our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI.
As he has served the Church and You, Lord, faithfully,
so may we, the people of God, be faithful to him in this hour.
Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us all, and bring to your Son,
these prayers and petitions.