A Prayer for Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The sea, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father.

Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time.

O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us.

Amen.

– From the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957.

– Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA

Comments

  1. Greta says:

    Bloomberg is not going to like this religious stuff…

  2. Steven says:

    Deacon,

    I actually believe that prayer was written by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Maurice Schexnayder(1895-1981) who was the second Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana.

    I am so thankful that all is well with you and yours. Trust me, our prayers were with you this weekend here in south Louisiana.

    Steven
    Lafayette, La

  3. Ron Thibodeaux says:

    Bishop Schexnayder composed that prayer for the faithful of southwestern Louisiana following Hurricane Audrey, which killed between 400 and 600 people in 1957.

    Glad to know you’re all safe and sound up there.

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