A Phoenix Burning

For Our Southern Friends…

(A prayer for hurricane season – written by the bishop of Lafayette after Hurricane Audrey in the 1950’s:)

Prayer for Safety in 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 Gulf, 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 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 stormless eternity awaits us.
Amen.

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2 responses

  1. KD,
    Thanks so much for that. This prayer was written by Bishop Maurice Schexnayder concerning Hurricane Audrey in 1957. He was a friend of my husband’s grandfather and my husband had his first communion, confirmation and first marriage at the hands of Bishop Schexnayder.

    It’s a beautiful prayer and as my mother said this morning, “Don’t tell me that prayers don’t work.” We were spared and despite others’ wishes or thoughts, God was actually on OUR side.

    September 1, 2008 at 2:44 pm

  2. MM! Thanks so much for that information!! Wow, it’s a small world, now isn’t it? 🙂 Too tired to construct my own eloquent prayer last night, I ran across this one and thought it was beautiful, as well as appropriate. So glad to hear you were spared! 🙂

    September 1, 2008 at 8:17 pm

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