In this time of waiting,
this time without a Bishop,
called sede vacante,
in our Diocese,
we offer the following prayer to God:
from age to age you appoint
Shepherds to lead your Church.
Grant to our Diocese a Shepherd
after your own heart:
and a humble servant.
May his witness to true holiness
inspire us to conform our lives
to the Gospel,
to seek our nourishment
in the power of the Sacraments,
and to become ever more your Holy Church.
Through Christ our Lord.