Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

STIGMATA OF ST FRANCIS - PRAYERS FOR THE POPE

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the feast of the Stigmata of Saint Francis.  Let us offer our prayers especially today for the Holy Father, who took the holy name of this beloved saint, for his intentions and for his papacy.


SUFFRAGE OF SAINT FRANCIS
THIS MAN, despising the world, and triumphing over earthly things, laid up treasures in heaven by word and deed.
V. The Lord conducted him through the right ways.
R. And shows him the kingdom of God.
Let us pray :
O LORD Jesus Christ, who to inflame our hearts with the fire of your love when the world was becoming cold in spirit, renewed in the flesh of the most beloved Francis the sacred marks of your own Passion, graciously grant that by his merits and prayers we may steadfastly carry our cross and bring forth worthy fruits of penance. Who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 
PRAYER FOR THE HOLY FATHER
LET US PRAY for Francis our Pope; may the Lord preserve him, give him a long life, make him blessed upon the earth, and may the Lord 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.
Let us pray :
O GOD, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faithful, look down, in your mercy, upon your servant, Francis, whom you have appointed to preside over your Church; and grant, we beseech you, that both by word and example, he may edify all those under his charge; so that, with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length unto life everlasting. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us also ask the prayers for Pope Francis of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), the most recent saint to have borne the holy stigmata of our Blessed Lord, and for our beloved Order and for the wellbeing of the whole Church.


Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us and for the Holy Father.
Saint Pius of Pietrelcino, pray for us and for the Holy Father.