Perpetual Novena for Bishops for Vacant Dioceses in the U.S. and Diocese's with a Bishop elect.
O God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who founded the Church upon the Rock of Peter and the foundation of the Apostles, look upon Your faithful people with compassion and love. We pray for all Dioceses without a shepherd and those who are awaiting the arrival of the one already chosen for them. Grant, O Providential Father, that holy men will be selected to join the apostolic college as holy Bishops as men after Your own heart. Grant that those who are already Apostles in Your Church may be renewed by the light of truth and the strength of the saints, so that they may courageously preach the love of Jesus, the chief Cornerstone, and the teachings of Holy Mother Church with confidence and without fear. Send the Holy Spirit upon those tasked with the mission to find a holy successor in each Diocesan See. Grant to those who wait for their new Bishop a man of integrity and resolve to work faithfully in the vineyard of the Harvest Master for the spread of Your Kingdom and the salvation of souls. May Your people rejoice at his coming, when he will lead them to Christ the Good Shepherd, our Lord and Savior, that we may all graze in His eternal pasture in the Kingdom of Heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Litany of the Apostles and Bishops for A Vacant Diocese
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, etc.
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Apostles, etc.
Holy Mary, Queen of Bishops,
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church,
St. Michael the Archangel, Protector of the Church,
St. Jude Thaddeus,
All you holy Apostles,
Sts. Timothy and Titus,
St. Ignatius of Antioch,
Sts. Ambrose and Augustine,
St. John Chrysostom,
St. Cyril of Jerusalem,
Sts. Basil and Gregory,
St. Peter Damian,
St. Robert Bellarmine,
St. Charles Borromeo,
St. Thomas Becket,
St. Alphonsus Liguori,
St. John Newman,
All you holy Bishops,
All you holy men and women,
Lord, be merciful, Lord, deliver us we pray.
From all evil, etc.
From every sin,
From everlasting death,
By Your Incarnation,
By Your choosing of the twelve Apostles,
By Your Washing the Disciples Feet,
By Your Institution of the Sacred Priesthood,
By Your Death and Resurrection,
By Your commission to the Apostles,
By Your Ascension,
By the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
Be merciful to us sinners, Lord we ask You hear our prayer
That You would sustain Your Holy Church, etc.
For all Bishops,
That you would grant to the Apostolic College men after Your own Heart,
For those Dioceses without a shepherd,
For the Diocese of N., (multiple Diocese may be named after the other with the response said after each Diocese)
For those who await the arrival of their new Bishop-Elect,
For the Diocese of N.(multiple Diocese's who have a Bishop-Elect may be named after the other with the response said after each Diocese),
For Bishop-elect, N. (multiple Bishop-elects may be named after the other with the response said after the name of each Bishop),
For Diocese's waiting for the arrival of their new Auxiliary Bishop,
For the Diocese of N. and Auxiliary Bishop-Elect N.,
For Dioceses whose Bishop has reached the age of retirement,
For the Diocese of N. (multiple Diocese's may be named after the other with the response said after each Diocese),
That You would strengthen the bond of shepherd and flock in holy truth,
Jesus, Son of the living God,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world. graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us.
Let us pray: Pour out the Spirit of Your strength and goodness upon Your Church, O Lord, that those who await a new Bishop for the flock may gain the shepherd Who will help lead them to eternal life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for the Canonization of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
(Imprimatur: +Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.,
Bishop of Peoria)
Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people.
If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.