On February 23, the Vatican’s Secretariat for State issued this announcement:
Catholics are called to focus on what is essential: to pray for Pope Benedict, to pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the College of Cardinals, to pray for the future Pope, trusting that the fate fo the barque of ST. Peter is in the hands of God.
Please join us in praying this special prayer for the Papal Election prepared by Priests for Life:
Prayer for the Election of a New Pope
Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the Good Shepherd,
And you never leave your flock untended.
You gave your life that we may live,
And you appoint shepherds after your own heart
To lead your people by word and example
To likewise give themselves away in love.
We thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI,
And for his service to the Church and the world.
We ask that you now give him a fruitful period
Of rest and prayer, of gratitude and praise.
We ask you, Lord Jesus, with the Father,
To send the Holy Spirit on the Church once again.
In particular, guide the Cardinals who will shortly exercise
The obligation and privilege of electing a new Pope.
Guide their deliberations and decisions
With divine wisdom and insight.
Even now, Lord Jesus, give to the new Pope,
Whom you have already chosen,
An abundance of holiness and strength,
To carry out the mission you have entrusted to him.
May your Word reign supreme in his life,
And may his every word and action point the Church to You,
The supreme and eternal Shepherd,
And the only mediator between God and humanity,
For you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
This prayer was originally found at Priests for Life. Go there to fill out a form to send a special message of thanks to the Holy Father promising prayers for him and those who will choose his successor.