Day 5 – Novena for the benefit of Pope Benedict XVI

Day 5

Dear Lord, your servant Benedict has given his life for the Church and for You. Please protect his health as he grows older in his pontificate so that he can lead your us, your Church with vitality.

Prince of Peace, we come to you today to ask for your grace of peace for our Holy Father. There are many problems in the world and in the Church that he must address everyday. We beg you for peace in the world, peace in our hearts as we face the brokenness of a fallen world and peace for the Pope as he shepherds your Church.

Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to your shepherd, Benedict XVI, a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he, as successor to the Apostle Peter and the Vicar of Christ, build your Church into a sacrament of unity, love and peace for all the world.

[Insert your personal petitions for the Pope here]

Let us pray for Benedict, the pope.

May the Lord preserve him,
give him a long life,
make him blessed upon the earth,
and not hand him over
to the power of his enemies.

May your hand be upon your holy servant.
And upon your son, whom you have anointed.

Our Father …
Hail Mary …
Glory Be …



For previous days prayers.

Shared from Pray More Novenas


Novena to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

I was introduced to an image of Mary today that I found very endearing:

And a simple prayer:

Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, what ineffable power thy Divine Son hath given thee over His Own adorable Heart. Full of trust in thy merits, we come before thee and beg thy protection. O heavenly Treasurer of the Heart of Jesus, that Heart which is the inexhaustible source of all graces, which thou mayest open to us at thy good pleasure, in order that from it may flow forth upon mankind the riches of love and mercy, light and salvation, that are contained therein; grant unto us, we beseech thee, the favors which we seek . . . We can never, never be refused by thee, and since though art our Mother, O our Lady of the Sacred Heart, graciously hear our prayers and grant our request. Amen.

And a Novena Prayer for private devotion (for the 31 August – 8 September):


Remember, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

the great things the Lord has done for you.

He chose you for His Mother

He wanted you close to His cross

He gives you a share in His Glory

He listens to your prayer.

Offer Him our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

Present our petition to Him.

(Share your petitions silently with Our Lady)

Let us live like you in the love of  your Son so that His Kingdom may come.

Lead all people to the source of  living water that flows from His

Heart, spreading over the world hope and salvation, justice and peace.

See our trust in you; answer our prayer.

Show yourself always our Mother.



O Sacred Heart of Jesus, show me the course I should take.

So many choices lie before me; things I’d like to do and ways I’d like to go.

Give me the courage to follow my dreams, and the wisdom to be realistic.

I look to you to guide my searching.

Enrich me with the gift of discernment so that I can always see

the right direction in which I should go.

Give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course.

Bless and make me holy in your sight.

May the richness of your glory abound in me.

May you fill me with the word of truth,

inform me with the good news of the gospel,

and enrich me with your love.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart,

make my way safe  and sure as I place my trust in you.