Saturday, March 12, 2011

Prayers for Japan (After the Earthquake)*

Prayer for Japan after the Earthquake, from the Church of England:*
"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. We remember those who have died and we pray for those who mourn for them. We pray for those who may be affected as the tsunami spreads across the Pacific. May we all be aware of your compassion, O God, which calms our troubled hearts and shelters our anxious souls. May we pray with humility with our troubled and struggling brothers and sisters on earth. May we dare to hope that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and life again. Through our Savior Christ who lives with us, comforts us and soothes us. Amen."

A Prayer of St. Chrysostom:
"Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfil now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
Glory to God whose power, working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen."

*from the site


Allegra Smith said...

I am so sad. This is beyond comprehension and I can only think about the children first, about the parents, about the people. How does the human spirit copes with something that defies reason? We are doing everything we can from here and yet, it seems so little...sigh. If I were young I would be volunteering like before with Doctors without Frontiers. Now...all I can do is to donate to the Red Cross and pray for some comfort for those who survived this
incomprehensible tragedy.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I feel so guilty going about my day; worried about those affected.

Karen said...

Thank you for this. I am praying for Japan.