A special prayer to remember the victims ad survivors of Hurricane Dorian
On August the 24th, Dorian developed from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic, gradually intensifying before becoming a hurricane on August the 28th. On September the 1st, Dorian reached Category 5 intensity, peaking at winds of 185 mph. It crushed homes, schools, supermarkets, roads and airports across the northern end of the Bahamas. 70,000 dazed and exhausted survivors were thrust into homelessness and left in ruins on the Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands of about 390,000 residents. According to the United Nations, the death toll, now at 43, remains unknown. On Saturday, the hurricane center transitioned from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone, downing trees, power lines and a giant construction crane in Halifax. More than 369,000 customers in Nova Scotia, 55,000 in New Brunswick, and 50,000 in Prince Edward Island remain without power. Pope Francis acknowledged the devastation wrecked so far by Hurricane Dorian and asked everyone to pray for those affected. “Those poor people,” he said, “who from one day to the next have lost their homes, everything, even their lives.”
Today we pray for the victims and survivors of the Hurricane, we pray for their families and friends, and we stand in solidarity with those who face a long journey of recovery from the devastation and destruction of Dorian. May they find solace in their families, friends, and community.
Almighty God, we come to you with open hearts and minds to pray for the victims and survivors of this tragic natural disaster. Bless the work of first responders and grant strength to the men, women and children mourning and grieving the loss of their loved ones. We pray for the dead and especially for the people of the Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands whose lives have been altered forever. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Help us keep our hearts and minds focused on the needs of those affected.
Through the intercession of our Most Blessed Mother, we pray together: Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. AMEN.
Special thanks to Sandra Talarico for preparing this prayer for us!