Rorate Caeli

Rome, February 28, 2013, 8 PM

The See is vacant.


Prof. Basto said...

The Holy Father will be sorely missed.

Veni, Creator Spiritus!

Eugene said...

Thank you very much, Your Holiness! God bless you and keep you for many many years.

Long-Skirts said...

Come Holy Ghost

Jeanne Holler said...

It is a very sad and a little scary.

The chair of Peter is empty...God help us all! God have mercy on the world and all of mankind !

sam said...

Veni, Creator Spiritus!

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

There is no way to be glib or to minimize the overwhleming sense of being, simply... fatherless.

RogerThat said...

Now it's time to be patient. Pray more, and refresh the browser less.

gabriel said...

Some stopped clocks are currently right.

Tom S. said...

Though I have complete trust and faith in the Holy Ghost, this really is kind of scary. And very sad - much more than I anticipated.

God help us all.

Tom S. said...

Dr. Williams - well said.

Benedict Carter said...

For the Church and for us:

Veni, Creator Spiritus
Mentes tuorum visita
Imple superna gratia
Quae tu creasti pectora
Qui diceris Paraclitus
Altissimi donum Dei
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas
Et Spiritalis unctio

Tu septiformis munere
Digitus paternæ dexteræ
Tu rite promissum Patris
Sermone ditans guttura

Accende lumen sensibus
Infunde amorem cordibus
Infirma nostri corporis
Virtute firmans perpeti

Hostem repellas longius
Pacemque dones protinus
Ductore sic te prævio
Vitemus omne noxium

Per te sciamus da Patrem
Noscamus atque Filium

Teque utriusque Spiritum
Credamus omni tempore

Deo Patri sit gloria
Et Filio, qui a mortuis
Surrexit, ac Paraclito
In sæculorum sæcula. Amen.

And tonight, for Joseph Ratzinger, our former Pope:

Don M said...

Holy Mary : Mother of God Pray for us.

Eugene said...

Only on Good Friday I feel the way I do today

Francis in Ma said...

I feel sad and empty, and a little nervous about what awaits the Church. But I'll trust the Holy Ghost to give the Church of Christ a somewhat traditional and orthodox Pope who will guide the barq of Peter back to Catholic orthodoxy and tradition. Praying and fasting is all we trads can do now. St. Peter pray for us, St. Pius X pray for us.

NBW said...

Eugene, I feel the same way. Come Holy Ghost.

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

When I expressed my hope for an orthodox lion as our next Holy Father, my older sister (much more reflexively Catholic than I, and much more faithful) responded: "I hope they elect a Cardinal with a liberal reputation." When I expressed my astonishment that she would say such a thing, she replied calmly: "... because when nothing changed, it would drive the liberal press crazy." Of course, she is right: Humane Vitae will not be overturned, "gay unions" will never be blessed, etc. etc. Still.... I am nervous!

Matt said...

No more Pope... for the time being. :(

Let us pray God grants us a Traditional (or at least Tradition-minded) Successor!

Paulo Ghetti Frade said...

Here's an article worth reading while we wait and pray for the next Pope

Texana said...

The Holy Father bade us "Buona notte". Now we begin the dark night of the soul of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

Pray with urgency and fervor, assist at Holy Mass, encourage our holy priests, and keep the Faith!

Nate said...

I'm praying for a holy and orthodox Vicar of Christ. I trust that the Holy Spirit will deliver us this very thing. Why pray for anything less? Why expect anything less? Have faith!

Long-Skirts said...

The See is vacant...


Once there was a father
Who loved his little girl
He held her hand and walked to Mass
So she could see the Pearl.

“My darling there is silver,
My darling there is gold
But the greatest price is sacrifice
The world keeps that untold.

The world can give you silver,
With gold it can entice
Diamond, topaz, rubies
But none can match Pearl’s price.

Sacrifice gave birth to you
Sacrifice it fed
Sacrifice it guided you
Sacrifice it bled.

For every drop of blood He shed
Gave us the faith to trust
And made us rich in sacrifice
To give you Bread not crust.

And for awhile sometimes we stray
Believing not in Creeds
But when things don’t sustain our souls
Then turn to Pearl that bleeds.”

Failing father said he wished
“For every time…a penny,”
He heard the daily words so rich
“…be shed for you and many.”

The little girl she cried
Raining on his bed a flood
But father saw her sacrifice
“Your tears are crystal blood.”

Once there was a father
Who loved his little girl
He held her hand for his last Mass
But left her with…the Pearl.

nikemen said...

Just to let you know, there is an initiative to thank Benedict XVI for his teachings on Liturgy:

It's been announced in


Beefy Levinson said...

There has been no valid pope since Benedict XVI.

poeta said...

I'm praying fervently but with confidence in God's Providence, remembering that Benedict XVI created a majority of the voting Cardinals and the others were part of the conclave that gave us Ratzinger.

Mar said...

Feeling very, very sad, and almost desolate.

Virgo Maria, monstra te esse matrem!

Ora et Labora said...

I feel deep sadness indeed.

Eugene you said: "Only on Good Friday I feel the way I do today"

Me too.

May the Good Lord Jesus Christ help us to through this Sede Vacante, now more than ever is the time when we pray, and pray and pray some more.

Mary help of Christians pray for us!!!

Philopater said...

"May the good Lord grant us a true and holy pope, and if He has decided from all eternity that now is not the time, may the Modernists choose a fake who is less convincing to traditional Catholics."

Anonymous said...

We are all now Sedevancantists. May the Holy Spirit speak to the hearts of the cardinals to elect a genuine Catholic Pope. May this New Pope heal the wounds of Post Vatican II.

Daniel Rosaupan said...

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9. Let us pray the traditional Rosary and novena for the election of a Pope from March 1-9, 2013. Please check at Veni Creator Spiritus. Oh Lord grant us a Pope; Oh Lord grant us a holy Pope; Oh Lord grant us a holy, traditional and strong Pope

I am not Spartacus said...

Dear Long skirts. Beautiful; and don't think somebody won't steal you crystal blood description :)

Prof. Basto said...


Ai Reverendi Parroci
Sacerdoti , Diaconi,
Religiosi e Religiose
e Fedeli della Diocesi di Roma


come è noto, dalle ore 20 di ieri, 28 febbraio, è divenuta effettiva la rinuncia alla Sede di Roma del nostro Vescovo, il Papa Benedetto XVI. Il pensiero, colmo di gratitudine, ancora una volta si rivolge alla cara persona del Santo Padre, al quale vogliamo assicurare il nostro affetto e la nostra preghiera.
Si aprono ora giorni importanti per la vita della Chiesa, che culmineranno nel Conclave, convocato per eleggere il nuovo Vescovo di Roma, Successore di San Pietro e Pastore della Chiesa universale.
In questo tempo la comunità diocesana e ogni fedele sono chiamati ad elevare al Signore particolari preghiere, affinché lo Spirito Santo illumini i Cardinali elettori ai quali è affidato un così rilevante impegno.

Invito pertanto tutte le comunità ecclesiali a promuovere opportune iniziative di catechesi sul ministero del Romano Pontefice e di preghiera per il nuovo Papa.
Nella Basilica di San Giovanni, Cattedrale di Roma, nei giorni del Conclave alle ore 18 sarà celebrata una speciale Santa Messa.
Nelle celebrazioni della Santa Eucarestia nei giorni festivi i sacerdoti predispongano specifiche intenzioni nella preghiera dei fedeli. Simili intercessioni si introducano anche nella Liturgia delle Ore.
Nei giorni feriali è concessa ai sacerdoti la facoltà di celebrare la Santa Messa “Per l’elezione del Papa”, secondo il formulario presente nel Messale Romano, conservando le letture del giorno.
Uno speciale invito alla preghiera rivolgo alle Comunità claustrali.
Con fiducia, mediante la preghiera del Santo Rosario, affidiamo alla Vergine Maria, Madre della Chiesa e Salus Populi Romani, la scelta del nuovo Pastore e la nostra Chiesa di Roma invocando la Sua materna protezione.

Il Signore vi benedica.

Dal Vicariato, 1 marzo 2013

Agostino Card. Vallini
Vicario Generale della Diocesi di Roma


Q Horatius said...

Nunc est orandum!

But now is not the "long, dark night of the Church". There is no night! Night has been destroyed by the Resurrexion! Let us pray, but not be downcast: God is with us, yes, even to the end of time.

The Holy Spirit will guide the Church to the Papacy we need, even if we do not see God's reasoning now, or in a year, or in fifty years' time.

Trust in God, and fear not.

Dr. Timothy J. Williams said...

I am somewhat surprised that Bishop Williamson has not seized the opportunity to enthrone himself.

Petrus Radii said...

You might want to brush up on your Latin. "Sedes vacans" is incorrect usage in your image. The Latins are quite fond of the ablative absolute and use it frequently. The correct form, when appearing by itself like that, is "Sede vacante": "The See being vacant." You might wish to correct your error.

New Catholic said...

Sure: I will do it when the Holy See ceases using it as well.