A Prayer Over Francis TRIUNE GOD, from the days of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Rachel, you have led your people. Today, in our time you have given us Francis as pastor and servant-leader of your people. We thank you for this gift. Make him a channel of your peace. May he be strong, loving and wise: strong with the faith of Peter, loving with the zeal of Paul and wise with the heart of Mary. Renew in him the grace of episcopal ministry. Bestow upon him health, safety and stamina. Anoint him as a champion of the poor and downtrodden, the marginalized and excluded. Teach him to rebuild your church and to touch every human face with your light. Amidst the wonderful diversities of your people, make him a center and source of charity and communion. TO YOU BE GLORY, now and forever and always. Amen.