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Thursday, September 15, 2005
More Prayers for New Orleans
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The Archdiocese of New Orleans is hoping for pledges of prayers reaching 20 million. Be a part of helping these people through prayer.

Here is a prayer from an email I received after signing up in the pledge:

O Jesus, in our grief and despair,
Destroy death and conquer evil
That we may walk in a spirit of hope
And a newness of life once again.

O Jesus, in our suffering and pain,
Extend your healing hand
That health of mind, body and spirit
May be restored to the fullness of life.

O Jesus, in our hunger and thirst,
Feed us with your precious Body and Blood
That our longing hearts may be satisfied
And our empty spirits filled to overflowing.

O Jesus, in our fear and doubts,
Stop the winds and scatter the darkness
That we may see your majesty and power
As our beacon of hope.

O Jesus, in our anger and impatience,
Calm all violence and hostilities
And bathe us in the serenity of your peace
That we may have the courage to endure.

O Jesus, all our trust and hope is in you.
Hear Our Prayer. Amen.

To this prayer may very properly be added the classic invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title as Patroness of the State of Louisiana.

V. Our Lady of Prompt Succor

R. Hasten to aid us!

Composed on August 29, 2005, by Father Christopher M. Romaine of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
Image Source: Photo believed to be in the Public Domain

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