How blessed you are, O Holy Infant, God made man.
You raised up your servant, Sylvester,
to rebuild your Church after persecution;
to be the chief Shepherd
and lead your people in strength and holiness
Make our hearts like his, O gentle Jesus:
strong, prayerful, trusting,
filled with love for our Eternal Father
and our neighbour.
Today, let us pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis,
that like his holy predecessor Sylvester
he may lovingly, fearlessly and joyfully
watch over and protect the flock entrusted to his care.