As time draws closer for the Holy Father's visit to the UK, an event that many prognosticators believe will set in motion concrete developments concerning the ordinariates, we have an opportunity to turn ourselves to prayer for the success of the visit.
The novena for the Holy Father's visit to the UK begins today and the Catholic Herald has the story:
Parish novenas for the Pope’s upcoming visit to Britain begin today.
The Magnificat booklet of liturgies and events recommends a brief time of silent prayer followed by the prayer of preparation after Mass for the success of the visit, nine days before the visit. There is a more extended version which suggests using readings taken from the lectionary and divine office sections for the Chair of Peter and the feast of St Peter and St Paul or to simply use readings from chapters 14 to 17 of the Gospel of St John.
As another alternative, the book recommends that faithful prepare for the papal visit with evening prayer from the Divine Office or Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament outside of Mass.
The prayer of Preparation follows here:
God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the light to all who seek you with a sincere heart.
As we strive with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all.
We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries. May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady, Mother of the Church pray for us.
St Andrew pray for us.
St George pray for us.
St David pray for us.
To access the full Magnificat booklet online, go to the papal visit website to download it.
Please join in the prayers for the success of the Holy Father's visit and, for those of you who want to follow the news of the visit, I highly recommend Herald editor Luke Coppen's Morning Catholic Must-Reads, which provides an excellent daily summary of Catholic news in the UK.