Sunday, March 13, 2011

Adapted Prayers for Japan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
-Reprinted and Adapted with Permission from the

O loving Creator,
bring healing and hope to those who, at this time, grieve, suffer pain, or who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, particularly Bishop John Kato, the clergy, and people of the Diocese of Tohoku, Japan.

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

We remember those who have died and we pray for those who mourn for them.

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

We pray for those who may be affected from tsunami that spread across the Pacific.

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

May we all be aware of Your compassion, O God, which calms our troubled hearts and shelters our anxious souls.

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

May we pray with humility with our troubled and struggling brothers and sisters on earth.

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

May we dare to hope that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and life again through our Saviour Christ who lives with us, comforts us and soothes us. 

Hear us Lord,
For your mercy is Great.

"O MOST powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof. We thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help: Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgot thee our God, and refused to hearken to the still voice of thy word, and to obey thy commandments: But now we see, how terrible thou art in all thy works of wonder; the great God to be feared above all: And therefore we adore thy Divine Majesty, acknowledging thy power, and imploring thy goodness. Help, Lord, and save us for thy mercy's sake in Jesus Christ thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

(Final Collect from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer section, "Prayers to be Used at Sea.")

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