Say Your Goodbyes & Send Your Prayers to Pope Benedict XVI - Spiritual Bouquet

Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

Pope Benedict XVI in 2006

Very few of us feel ready to say goodbye to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. It seems as though we just learned the news and now the moment of transition is fast upon us.

As we endeavor to bid adieu to our Pope, we moms are cognizant of sharing this moment in time with our children. Indeed, this feels like unchartered territory, and there is much false information swirling around the Conclave process. My deepest desire today and tomorrow is for all of us to join together in fervent prayer for Pope Benedict XVI and for our Cardinals who have such an important decision before them.

I invite you today to join me in creating a special “spiritual bouquet” for Pope Benedict XVI. Please leave your prayers, comments and well wishes below – while he may not have a chance to read our blog any time soon, our God will hear and answer these prayers for his health and well being, and for the wisdom of the Cardinals.

Prayer for the Church in Anticipation of the Vacancy of the See of St. Peter

O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church,
we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI
and the selfless care with which he has led us
as Successor of Peter, and Your Vicar on earth.

Good Shepherd, who founded Your Church
on the rock of Peter’s faith
and have never left Your flock untended,
look with love upon us now,
and sustain Your Church in faith, hope, and charity.

Grant, Lord Jesus, in Your boundless love for us,
a new Pope for Your Church
who will please You by his holiness
and lead us faithfully to You,
who are the same yesterday, today, and forever.


Courtesy of the Knights of Columbus


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. I love you, Papa. You’ve been an amazing leader: teaching us humility, trust, and prudence. Thank you for all that Benedict is for us, Dear Lord. Thank you for his lessons, and for the leadership of the sheep. Continue to deepen his understanding and love of the Church, and to bring him peace and joy all the days of his life.

  2. Not goodbye, but farewell sweet Papa! I pray you enjoy delicious, quiet times contemplating the face of our Lord and offering your heartfelt prayers for your successor. If I may presume to quote our Lord, “Well done, Good and Faithful Servant!”
    Love, Susan

  3. Love and prayers to Pope Benedict. Thank you for all you have done for your people. May God Bless you and may you always remain in Mary’s heart!

  4. Jennifer Simcic on

    Prayers for Pope Benedict as he enters a new chapter of his life, and for the Church as it enters a new chapter, too. Lord, please guide the Cardinals with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, as they choose a successor in this unprecedented way. Grant them traveling mercy to and from Rome. Grant that they may select a leader who will steadily guide the Church forward in these uncertain modern times of controversy and scandal. Help them to choose a Pope who will do Your Will here on earth. With love and hope in my heart and soul, Amen.

  5. Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur on

    Thank you, Pope Benedict XVI, for your wisdom and service to our Church. May the coming days bring you peace.

  6. Brian K. Kravec on

    Come Holy Ghost. Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well beloved spouse.

  7. Thank you for your guidance, lessons, leadership and for all your blessings and prayers for all the world. I pray that you find peace, restful tranquility in your life with Love and Hope as you will always live in our hearts. Remembering your visits of travel and the grateful feelings of being and seeing you close. Prayers for the new elected Pope to follow the same path of Love, Leadership, Wisdom, Trust in the Church.

  8. Elleblue Jones on

    Dear Holy Father Pope Benedict, please be assured of my continued prayers for your health and peace of mind as you retire to a hidden life of prayer and sacrifice for the Church. Please accept my deep gratitude for all you have given in service to the Church.

    In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

  9. I will offer this Sunday’s rosary and Mass for dear Pope Benedict. Thank you Holy Father for all your prayerful words and for your wonderful books which I know will give me much to read, think and pray about in the years to come.

  10. Holy Father, thank you for your great love and service to us! We will miss you dearly, but like you said, we’ll remain united in prayer. Many prayers for you during this time of transition. Blessings to you today and always.

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