For those of us of "riper years," it was difficult to get used to having Blessed John Paul II gone from us as our pope. He was the only pope I had known as a Catholic, and I found it emotionally difficult, when saying Mass, to leave his name out of the intercessions and the Canon. Although Benedict's papacy was considerably shorter, I have much the same feeling.
I know many of the students at the Academy find this difficult, too. For lots of them, Benedict is the only pope they really remember. We have a constant rotation of boys serving at the Mass for the students, and when we're having our prayers in the sacristy, at the place where we remember the Pope's intentions, I notice that they seem almost startled when we pass over that part. Of course, it won't be long before the void is once again filled, and we include a prayer for the Cardinal Electors at every Mass.
Anyway, knowing how much the students are missing Benedict, I thought it would be nice if I used that beautiful recording of the Ave Verum sung by the Upper School students, and made it into a tribute to our beloved Pope Emeritus.