Praise to you, Lord our God,
our eternal shepherd and guide.

In your faithfulness,
grant to the Diocese of Alexandria
a new bishop whose watchful care will serve to
continue the good work of his predecessors.

In your love,
give us a shepherd who will lead us
in being Christ’s heart of mercy,
voice of hope, and hands of justice.

Help him to fill our minds and hearts
with the truth of the Gospel,
the power of the sacraments,
and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through Jesus Christ,
your Son our Lord,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen