(This was produced by Archdeacon Donald B. Rice, Dean of Christ Church Pro-Cathedral, Metairie, LA., and sent to us by Rev. Canon John Hollister)
for the earthquake afflicted
Christ Anglican Catholic Church
A NOVENA is a nine-day period of prayer in preparation for some particular feast, or to pray for some special intention. It may be made by an individual or by a group, either in public or in private.
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OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.
After a Disaster
ALMIGHTY God, who art a very present help in time of trouble: Let not the heart of thy people fail when fear cometh; but sustain and comfort them, until these calamities be overpast; and since this grievous disaster of earthquake has fallen upon men, do thou of thy great mercy heal the wounded, console the afflicted, protect the helpless, and deliver all who are still in peril. Grant this for thy Son’s sake, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For those who proclaim the Gospel
O MOST merciful Saviour and Redeemer, who wouldest not that any should perish, but that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth: Fulfil thy gracious promise to be present with those that go forth in thy name to preach the Gospel of salvation. Be with them in all perils, by land and by water, in sickness and distress, in weariness and pain, in disappointment and persecution. Bless them, we beseech thee, with thy continual favour, and grant that thy Word spoken by their mouths may never be spoken in vain. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy’s sake. Amen.
For the Bereaved
ALMIGHTY God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort; Deal graciously, we pray thee, with all those who mourn, especially thy servants, handmaidens, and children who have been bereaved through the earthquake in Haiti, that, casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For The Departed
ALMIGHTY God, we remember this day before thee thy servants, handmaidens, and children who have perished in the earthquake in Haiti, and we pray thee that, having opened to them the gates of larger life, thou wilt receive them more and more into thy joyful service; that they may win, with thee and thy servants everywhere, the eternal victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
REST X eternal grant unto them, and let light perpetual shine upon them. May their souls, X and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.