St. Henry Parish at 6696 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449 US - Prayer for Haiti
Prayer for Haiti
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A Prayer on the First Anniversary of the Haitian Earthquake
We know you love all of us and have given your only son Jesus for our salvation
The Haitian people have suffered greatly yet despite such suffering,
never cease to praise your name and call on you for their salvation.
We ask you first for the souls lost on January 12th. We pray that you bring their purification
in purgatory to its completion and we offer our prayers and daily sufferings for them,
so they may soon see you face to face.
We pray for those survivors who continue to suffer from poverty, homelessness,
malnutrition and the ravages of cholera.
Lord Jesus, bring them strength to carry on.
Bring peace and justice to their country.
Strengthen their hearts so they do not become bitter and give in to despair.
Give them the grace to unite their suffering to yours.
Comfort the mothers of the dying children,
Comfort the fathers who can't provide for their families,
Comfort the children and bring peace to those orphaned by the earthquake.
We ask that you provide daily bread to the Haitian people
and move the hearts of men to continue to be generous and caring for
Through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel we ask for spiritual bondage
to be broken and cast into hell the demons that attempt to thwart your purposes
for the people of
We ask these things in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
A Prayer After the Earthquake in Haiti
Lord, at times such as this,
when we realize that the ground beneath our feet
is not as solid as we had imagined,
we plead for your mercy.
As the things we have built crumble about us,
we know too well how small we truly are
on this ever-changing, ever-moving,
fragile planet we call home.
Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.
Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor.
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.
They roam the streets in shock at what they see.
And they fill the dusty air with wails of grief
and the names of missing dead.
Comfort them, Lord, in this disaster.
Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still,
and shelter them under your wings when homes no longer exist.
Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly this day.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.
Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion,
we who watch from afar,
as the poorest on this side of the earth
find only misery upon misery.
Move us to act swiftly this day,
to give generously every day,
to work for justice always,
and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.
And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
and our thoughts return to life’s daily rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children
and they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place
and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us,
and your promise of peace will never be shaken.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord,
now and forever. Amen.
Copyright © 2010, Diana Macalintal. Permission is given to reprint for non-commercial use.