Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Prayer for New Zealand

Very sad images from the Earthquake in New Zealand, particularly of Christ Church Cathedral.

Interestingly, there are few prayers for recovery from Natural Disasters in the Book of Common Prayer. The Diocese of Perth, Australia had this one on their website:

"O God our Rock,
in Christ you have given us an inheritance that cannot be shaken:
look in mercy on the people of Christchurch,
  as they recover from the earthquake.
Bring your help and strength to all whose home or livelihood
   has been damaged or destroyed.
Give wisdom to engineers, planners and emergency workers
   as they seek to make buildings safe and restore essential services.
Send your Spirit of care and community to all the people of the city,
so that they may work together with courage compassion,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen."

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