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Christ Our Lord
Christ our Lord

Prayer for Protection from Natural Disaster
Written by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
July 2008

O Gracious God Who created the earth and all that is in it, Thou didst give us so many blessings;
Indeed, Thou didst fill the world with so much beauty, bounty and no end of wonders!
We ask Thee now to save Thy people from nature's fury, from storm and flood and raging fire.

Save those in California whose homes and families are in the path of the wild fires that are consuming the land.
Comfort those in Iowa and throughout the Midwest whose farms have been obliterated by the flood waters rising throughout that region.
Quiet the swirling, whistling, tornadic winds that churn across the Great Plains, sweeping away all in their path.
Let the earth shake no more in Nevada or elsewhere and lull back to sleep those awakening volcanoes that have lately blackened the Hawaiian air.

We have sinned against the earth Thou didst fashion, O Lord.
We have not been the good stewards Thou didst commission us to be.
Yet have mercy on us for Thou art a merciful God.

Do not allow the forces of nature to carry out a sentence upon us, even though we are deserving of it. Save us, O Lord, from the destructive power of storm and flood and fire.

Give courage to those who fight fires, who clean up and help others to rebuild after disasters strike.
Give strength to all survivors and peace to those whose lives are lost because of natural disasters.
Send down gentle rain to quench the flames in California.
Steady the sun to radiate its drying warmth overt the flooded lands in the center of our nation. And let the flowers bloom unruffled by strong winds across the plains.
As Thou didst send to Noah of old, send also to us a rainbow of hope.

Nature may rage but Thou, O Lord, we know art a Loving God Who ever holdest in Thy hand all Thou hast created.
Unto Thee do we give thanks for all things
Grant us the humility to repent of our negligence in tending Thy creation and give us henceforth the will to serve Thee more faithfully.
All the days of our lives may we remember to honor and worship Thee as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Humbly in Christ our Lord,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you and with you!