Prayer for the Church and Ecclesiastical Authorities

The Priest elevates and joins his hands, looks towards Heaven, bows profoundly towards the altar and with hands extended begins the Canon (or rule of consecration) of the Mass.  The Canon is said in a silent tone, audible only to the Priest himself, out of the most profound reverence for the wonderful event which is about to take place.

TE igitur, clementissime Pater, per Jesum Christum Filium tuum, Dominum nostrum, supplices rogamus ac petimus, (Osculatur Altare) uti accepta habeas, et benedicas, haec The sign of the cross.dona, haec The sign of the cross.munera, haec The sign of the cross.sancta sacrificia illibata; in primis quae tibi offerimus pro Ecclesia tua sancta catholica; quam pacificare, custodire, adunare, et regere digneris toto orbe terrarum: una cum famulo tuo Papa nostro N., et Antistite nostro N. et omnibus orthodoxis, atque catholicae et apostolicae fidei cultoribus.

THEREFORE, most merciful Father, we humbly beg of The and entreat The through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord, that Thou would vouchsafe (Kissing the altar) to accept and bless these The sign of the cross.gifts, these The sign of the cross.presents, these The sign of the cross.holy and unspotted Sacrifices which, in the first place we offer Thee for Thy Holy Catholic Church to which vouchsafe to grant peace, as also to preserve, unite, and govern it, throughout the world, together with Thy servant N., our Pope, and N., our Bishop; and all orthodox believers and confessors of the Catholic and Apostolic Faith.