Editors Note: Orate Fratres joins in defense of the Chair of Peter by means of these novena prayers of the Church on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI and his will for unity according to the will of Jesus The Christ (Jn 17:21) …
Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP , explains the need below, followed by the 9-day novena. –james mary evans
Pope Benedict XVI, February 12, 2009–
“Let us ask the Lord, Who guides the fortunes of the ‘Ship of Peter’ among the not-always easy events of history, to continue to watch over this small State. Above all, let us ask Him to help, with the power of His Spirit, Peter’s Successor who stands at the helm of this ship, that he may faithfully and effectively undertake his ministry as the foundation of unity of the Catholic Church, which has its visible centre in the Vatican whence it expands to all the corners of the earth”…
You are all well aware of the opposition which the Holy Father has faced in his efforts to reconcile the Society of Pius X. The current pressure from the media and others seems to not only threaten Pope Benedict’s work with SSPX. It also seems as though some would like to see it work as a means to undermine his very teaching and governing authority for his pontificate.
Given these oppositions which the Holy Father faces; given the particular role of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter in encouraging the return of those who have distantiated themselves from the hierarchy of the Church in the last forty years; finally, given that we hold St. Peter as our patron and have a particular attachment to his successor, as also requested by our Superior General Very Rev Fr John Berg, FSSP, I would like to invite you all to join the following NOVENA at the intention of our dear Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI.
The novena, which will be prayed as well by all our 350 seminarians and priests, will begin tomorrow on February 14th and conclude Sunday week, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, February 22nd.
Cordially yours in St Peter,
Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP