Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Prayer Request For Oklahoma

Tomorrow, is May 22, my birthday, in which I like to say, it is the 19th anniversary of my 39th birthday.

That however, is not the important thing here. The important thing right now (to me anyway) is to pray for the tornado victims in Oklahoma. Many of us, myself included, are very blessed to never have suffered the devastation that a tornado can bring.

We complain and gripe about the's too's too's too's too wet. Yet many, if not most of us have never truly suffered from such devastation that weather can bring in the form of tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding, just to name a few.

So, I am going to post here a prayer to Saint Rita of Cascia, and also one to Saint Jude the Apostle. Both are patrons of desperate and impossible causes, and I feel that the victims in Oklahoma may feel that their situation is both desperate and impossible.

I also chose both saints, because Saint Rita's memorial is on my birthday, May 22, and Saint Jude is my patron saint. Both have certainly helped me in my situations that I have felt were desperate and impossible.

Thank you Saint Rita of Cascia and Saint Jude the Apostle for prayers answered.

Prayer to Saint Rita of Cascia

Holy Patroness of those in need, Saint Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for us from our risen Jesus the request we make of you: the relief, uplifting, and healing of the people afflicted by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Be kind to us for the greater glory of God, and we shall honour you and sing your praises forever. Glorious Saint Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for us now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect us in all our needs. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Jude the Apostle

Glorious Saint Jude, with faith in your goodness we ask your help today. As one of Christ's chosen Apostles, you are a pillar and foundation of His Church on earth. You are among the elders who stand always before God's throne.

Brother Jude, you are renowned for your kinship with Christ and your physical resemblance to our Savior. Help us to remain close to Christ and resemble Him in our outlook and actions.

Holy Apostle, you are venerated for your work of preaching the gospel and your faithfulness to Christ by a martyr's death. Assist us to preach the good news of Christ by word and example, and remain steadfast in His service as you were.

From your place of glory, do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ's little ones like us, still struggling on the way home to God. Pray for us that we may receive the consolation and help of heaven in our necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly pray for the consolation and help of Heaven for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes, and that we may praise God with you and all the elect forever.

Intercede for us all, gracious, brother Saint Jude, and pray for us to the Lord our God in our daily toil and our necessities. Amen.


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