The 6pm Mass today was followed by a sung Te Deum to thank God for our new Holy Father.
The Holy Father, before he gave his blessing, asked the crowds gathered in front of St Peter's to pray for him. Let us pray that the Holy Spirit may continue to guide the Church and keep Pope Francis faithful to his service.
Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.
May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies.
Our Father. Hail Mary.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all thy faithful people, look mercifully upon thy servant Francis, whom thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over thy Church. Grant him, we beseech thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.