ASK FATHER: Mass texts for Pope Benedict

Posted February 11, 2017 11:00 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
While I mourn the resignation of Pope Benedict I also mourn the fact that there is no particular Mass text with which I can pray for his health. If there were to be a Mass for a retired pope, what might that look like?
Good question.
I’ll confine myself to the older, traditional Roman Rite.
I think you could during a Votive Mass simply add the orations Pro Papa.  I say this because they are virtually identical with the prayers Pro Episcopo, with the exception that in the latter you also name the bishop’s church.  Benedict remains a bishop, after all, and his church

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