Prayer For A New Bishop

Eternal God, shepherd and guide,
In your mercy give your Church in this Diocese
a shepherd after your own heart
who will walk in your ways,
and with loving care watch over your people.
Give us a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth.
So may your Church be built up
and your name glorified;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Almighty and everliving God,
give wisdom and understanding
to the members of the Synod of this Diocese.
Teach us in all things
to seek first your honour and glory.
May we perceive what is right,
have courage to pursue it
and grace to accomplish it;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father, you sent Jesus to shepherd your people and the Holy Spirit to make your people one. Look with favor upon those who will select our new bishop. Give them your vision and let their judgment be clear. Speak your will to them. We thank you for our past shepherds and the blessings they have been for the people of this diocese. Lord, send your Holy Spirit to anoint our new bishop that he may continue the work of renewal in the Church, and unite our parishes, priests and people in love, truth and wisdom. Give him a true shepherd's heart like that of Jesus, that he may give strength to the weak, heal the brokenhearted, console the lonely, bring back the wandering and be a power against the evil of our day. In the powerful name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Father, you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ to teach, sanctify and govern your people. You also gave us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may forever remain One in your name.

We thank you for our past bishops who have served the Church of Central Texas.

Father, we ask that you look with favor upon those in our church, who will prayerfully select our new bishop. Give them a Spirit of wisdom and counsel that they may discern your will.

We ask in the name of your Son, that you bless our future bishop. Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.

Grant him the heart of your Son, the heart of the Good Shepherd. Bestow upon him the zeal of St. Paul in preaching the Good News; the humility of St. John Vianney in ministering the sacraments; the compassion of St. Vincent DePaul in serving those most in need; and the wisdom of St. Augustine in teaching the doctrine of our church.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Model, and our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our diocese. Amen.

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, N., to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world.

Praise to you, Lord our God,
our eternal shepherd and guide.

In your faithfulness,
grant to the Diocese of Saint Cloud
a shepherd whose watchful care and kindly zeal
will continue the good work of his predecessors.

In your love for us,
give us a shepherd who will lead us
in being Christ's heart of mercy,
voice of hope, and hands of justice.

Help him to fill our minds and hearts
with the truth of the Gospel,
the power of the sacraments,
and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

God our Father,
In Jesus, your Son, You have given to your Church the perfect model of
priest, prophet and king, and so You have blessed us through His sacrifice,
taught us through His Word, and guided us through His rule.
We thank You for the previous bishops who have cared for
the people of the Diocese of Duluth. We ask You, Father,
to guide and enlighten those who will be tasked with helping to choose
the next bishop of our diocese. May the man they choose
be a man of deep and true prayer, a man of compassionate heart
and firm resolve, and a man of joy and peace,
who desires above all to do Your will.
We entrust our prayers to our Patroness, Mary,
Queen of the Rosary, and ask this through
Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Heavenly Father,
you have blessed our Archdiocese time and again
with good, holy, learned, and wise shepherds
who have led us ever closer to you.
Aware of your profound love for us,
we ask you to bless us once again.
Send us a good, holy, learned, and wise man
to become our next archbishop.
Inspire us, the clergy, religious, and laity
to work generously with him
so that we might grow together in your love
and continue the good work you have begun in us
for the sake of all people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.