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 passing of time.

O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,

we ask you to plead with your Son on 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 stormless

eternity awaits us. Amen.

To be a spirit-filled people who Live Jesus,
in a community of stewardship, welcoming all to the presence of God.