Thursday, September 08, 2005

Continued Prayers for those affected by Hurricane Katrina

As we continue to pray for our neighbors in the Gulf Coast and now scattered throughout the country, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath asks that the parishes and communities of the diocese continue to use the prayers from "Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, #29, For Regufees and Exiles" (Sacramentary, p. 913-914) during the remaining Sundays of September.

Special intercessions for those affected by Katrina should also be included. The following is a sample:

For our nation, especially those in the Gulf coast of our land,
for those numbed by the loss of everything,
for those still waiting to be found,
for those exiled from all they have known,
for all who feel helpless and hopeless, weary and worn:
May our gathering in faith today
and our prayers in the name of Jesus
bring them healing and hope.
We pray to the Lord.