For the Father of Christianity

Where are You going, Lord?
Yielding to the pleas of the faithful, St. Peter fled the city of Rome to escape persecution. He crosses Jesus’ path, carrying His cross. Peter asks Him: “Where are You going, Lord? -I am going to Rome to be crucified again,” Jesus said. Peter understood and returned to Rome, where he soon died, crucified as his Master.

O Jesus! Invisible Head of the Holy Church, preserve and lead the one You have given as its visible head on earth; fill him with the fullness of Your Spirit, so that he may wisely steer Peter’s restless boat in the midst of the reefs that surround him on all sides. Fulfill the desires of his heart, and may powerful grace assist all the intentions of his faith. May this faith, firm and unshakeable in Your divine promises, lighten for him the burden of so many solicitude, and soften the bitterness with which he is steeped by the ingratitude of many of his children. Let the truth, O my God, of which the Church is the guardian, and which cannot perish, finally dispel all errors; let it enlighten the conscience of kings and peoples, so that, according to Your word, “there may be one flock and one shepherd”.
O You, O Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Mother and Sovereign of the Church, bestow upon the venerable Pontiff who governs it in these difficult times, the most distinguished favors, and, as a reward for his ardent zeal to spread Your worship and to multiply the tributes paid to You throughout the world, obtain from Your divine Son the grace most dear to his heart: the sanctification of faithful souls and the return of lost sheep. Amen.