Friday, September 2, 2016
LIONS, TIGERS AND HERMINE! OH MY!
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The metro Richmond Hill area, which also includes Savannah, has been experiencing since last night the outer bands of the former Hurricane Hermine, now a tropical storm and massive in size.
Last night there was quite a lightening show with thunder and wind gusts. That was just the beginning. About 3:00 AM I was awaken by a Tornado Warning Alert from my iPhone. I turned on the local metro Richmond Hill television station located in Savannah and sure enough rotation was detected above Richmond Hill. My rectory has windows galore and is built on a concrete slab and thus has no basement.
We were told by the weatherman to shelter in place by going to an inner room or basement (not many basements in the south, he should know that!) So I went into a bathroom located under a stairwell.
Fortunately the tornado didn't touch down in Richmond Hill proper, but in its metro area, Savannah had one touch down near a very exclusive area. Not much news on the damage other than downed trees and power lines. About 10,000 people in Savannah are without power.
I have the local news on which is just reporting on metro Richmond Hill and its suburb Savannah. I haven't heard too much about Florida and any major damage or deaths there.
We are still awaiting the major part of the storm to pass over metro Richmond Hill later this afternoon. So the fun hasn't begun in earnest. All our schools are closed. I am suppose to have Mass at 9 AM with several appointments. Should I cancel Mass which is in less two hours? My rectory is 8 miles from the church!
Here are some prayers I found the Archdiocese of New Orleans for storms and hurricanes and the protection of those in harm's way.
YOU MAY PRAYER THESE PRAYERS AD ORIENTEM OR TOWARD METRO RICHMOND HILL. I AM GRATEFUL FOR EITHER LITURGICAL DIRECTION:
Prayers for protection from storms, to prevent storms and to avert storms.
Prayer for Hurricane Season
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen. Originally dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Audrey in 1957. - Fr. Al Volpe, Cameron Parish, LA
Prayer for Protection against Storms and Hurricanes
Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Avert Storms and Hurricanes
Father, all the elements of nature obey your command. Calm the storms and hurricanes that threaten us and turn our fear of your power into praise of your goodness. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.