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Prayers and Action for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

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On November 7th Super Typhoon Haiyan, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, smashed into the Philippines. The devastation and loss of life is enormous. Catholic Relief Services is on the ground giving assistance.  You can donate to their life saving work here: Philippines Typhoon Emergency ResponsePlease give generously.

 

Prayer for the Victims of a Natural Disaster

Lord Jesus, Who went about doing good and healing all, we ask You to bless all people who are injured, sick or homeless due to this typhoon. O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering. Give them strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in pain. Calm their fears; increase their trust. And bless all who hasten to their aid. Amen.

 

Most scientists agree that severe weather events are made worse by climate change. Pope Benedict XVI criticized world leaders for not doing enough to halt climate change, made the Vatican the world’s only carbon-neutral state, and named “polluting the environment” a sin that required repentance. Pope Francis has called on Christians to be good stewards of creation. Learn more about the Church’s teachings on this issue at Catholic Climate Covenant.

 

Prayers of Petition

O Lord, grant us the grace to respect and care for your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, bless all of your creatures as a sign of your wondrous love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to end the suffering of the poor and bring healing to all of your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to use our technological inventiveness to undo the damage we have done to your creation and to sustain your gift of nature.
Lord, hear our prayer.