for those of you looking for divine intervention
This prayer was first spoken by Father Al Volpe after Hurricane Audrey slammed into Cameron Parish in 1957 – it certainly couldn’t hurt for those of us staring into the maw of Dean to utter this benediction to spare New Orleans. Those of you that grew up here I’m sure have heard the stories of the woman holding the candle in the door of her home as 100+ MPH winds howled around and the candle remained lit as she prayed. Or of the couple clinging to the top of a tree prayed all night and were alive when the storm finally died. Yeah, maybe, this is the stuff of urban legend, and one would say that the divine force above if truly benevolent would never allow hurricanes (or earthquakes, or cancer for that matter) to happen – but they do. However I do believe that what could it possibly hurt to pray to whatever God/Allah/Buddha you believe in to spare us from this storm.
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 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 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.
Originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957.
– Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA