For my weekly round-up of news headlines that I post every Friday, I have always used an image of Pope Benedict (back when he was Cardinal Ratzinger) holding a beer - the idea being that we can sit back and enjoy reading a few articles as we would a cold beer at the end of the work week. Now that Benedict has stepped down as pope, I have considered changing the image...I don't know why, but the thought crossed my mind. As I have searched for a new image that would convey the same idea, I am leaning more and more toward keeping the Ratzinger pic. It just feels right.
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I was sad to no longer hear Pope Benedict's name mentioned during the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass. But the thought occurred to me that perhaps he could still be mentioned as "Benedict, our pope emeritus." I'm not sure if that would be allowed since I am not a trained liturgist, but since it has been 600 years since anything like this has happened and the liturgy has evolved since that time, I wonder if anyone has given this any thought or written about it officially. Just curious.
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I thought I would share this prayer for use during this interregnum period without a pope:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.
Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter’s faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.
Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.