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Suggested Prayer for the Pope, Bishops and Priests for Fridays

Lord on the Cross!
The People of God comes and kneels before You!
You have taken our holy Mother the Church with You on Your way of the Cross,
You have placed her under Your Cross,
and Your Blood trickles over her and us!

Behold,
we want to gather the Blood from the sacred wounds of Your feet and beseech You:
for the sake of Your love, assist our holy Mother the Church
and guide our Bishops
by showing them from the Cross, O Lord, the right path.

We gather the Blood from the sacred wounds of Your hands
and beseech You for the sake of Your love,
hold Your hand over our Mother the Church
and bless our Holy Father and our Bishops,
so that all their words and decisions may bring blessings!

We gather the Blood which trickles down from Your crown of thorns
and beseech You for the sake of Your love,
give our Mother the Church the courage to confess the faith,
so that the sacred deposit of the faith be preserved.

Strengthen our Holy Father,
that he may uncompromisingly defend the integrity of our holy faith
and the teaching of Christ!

You let Your Heart be opened for Your Church, for Your priests,
so that they may give You to us daily as nourishment and support.

The more the spiritual distress increases,
the more we gather around the altar
and around Your Cross!

We gather up Your Heart’s Blood and beseech You for the sake of Your love,
have mercy on us and grant our Mother the Church 
that inner, holy peace again which the world cannot give.

Send Your angels as combatants
and bid them to shield the Holy Father and our Bishops,
that we may head towards tranquil times again.

Grant that Your Church, purified and renewed, may rise again
from Your Heart out of these dark hours of spiritual confusion.

Bless, O Lord,
our Holy Father and our Bishops
whom we present to You with ardent supplications! Amen.

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