Pope Benedict's Invitation to Prayer for Haiti

A notice from the Apostleship of Prayer.

Full Text from Vatican Information Service

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At the end of today's general audience, held in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope launched an appeal "for the dramatic situation currently being experienced in Haiti."

"My thoughts go in particular to the population hit just a few hours ago by a devastating earthquake which has caused serious loss of human life, large numbers of homeless and missing people, and vast material damage.  I invite everyone to join my prayers to the Lord for the victims of this catastrophe and for those who mourn their loss. I give assurances of my spiritual closeness to people who have lost their homes and to everyone who, in various ways, has been affected by this terrible calamity, imploring God to bring them consolation and relief in their suffering. I appeal to the generosity of all people so that these our brothers and sisters who are experiencing a moment of need and suffering may not lack our concrete solidarity and the effective support of the international community. The Catholic Church will not fail to move immediately, through her charitable institutions, to meet the most immediate needs of the population."

Prayer

God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.  In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us. Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti.  Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.  With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.  Amen.

For the Haitian people, that help comes to them quickly and comfort comes to those who hurt.  Lord, hear our prayer.

For the lost or buried, that they are found and reunited with their loved ones.  Lord, hear our prayer.

For the relief workers, that they have the tools they need, the courage and the strength to respond fully.  Lord, hear our prayer.

For the families in Haiti and in the United States who are waiting to hear from loved one, that good news comes to them.  Lord, hear our prayer.

For those whose who have perished, may their souls rest with you, O Lord, where they will find eternal love. 

Amen

 

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8 years 6 months ago
This was written by a blogger, Terry Nelson. I hope that all who see will pray:

O Mother of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haiti, with the greatest confidence we kneel before you to present ourselves before you in our many afflictions. We implore your help for us and for our neighbors suffering from the devastating earthquake and its aftermath, especially as we struggle to provide aid and support for the survivors. Trials and sorrows often depress us; misfortunes and privations bring misery into our lives, especially now when the poorest of the poor are afflicted so terribly; everywhere we meet the cross. Comforter of the Afflicted, beg your Son Jesus to strengthen us as we bear one another's burdens and to free us from our sufferings. Or if it be the will of God that we should suffer still longer, help us endure all with love and patience. May we follow the example of your Son, and through him, with him and in him commend ourselves to the care of our heavenly Father. Jesus and Mary I love you, save souls! Amen. (This prayer was adapted from the regular novena prayer to OL of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haiti.)

Every where we meet the Cross...
8 years 6 months ago
Note: Above prayer was adapted.

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