Pray for the Gulf Coast

I have a daughter and her husband (Khouria Kathryn and Fr. Philip Rogers) who live in Lafayette, LA. They and some other parishioners are riding out Gustav in the home of a parishioner that is “hurricane proof”. That entire area of the gulf suffered so greatly when struck by Katrina – please keep all in your prayers that they be protected from the ravages of the storm. May God have mercy on them all and keep them safe by His strong hand.

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Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.





12 responses to “Pray for the Gulf Coast”

  1. Margaret Avatar

    Yes, Fr. Stephen, we pray for them all!

    Fr. Huneycutt at Orthodixie has posted some good prayers to remember at this time, beginning with the following:

    O Lord Jesus Christ

    As you saved your apostles from perishing in a storm by calming wind and waves on you command, so now keep us safe and sound in this hurricane season. Grant us favorable and benign weather. Protect us from the unpredictable elements of nature. Steer us from storm, flood, fire, illness, injury, disaster and sudden death. Preserve us from all evil and harm for we, though sinful, are nonetheless the work of Your hands. And You together with your Father who has no beginning and Your all holy good and life giving Spirit are our God in whom we live, move, and have being. Now and ever and unto ages and ages. Amen.

  2. Robert Avatar

    Prayers ascending!

  3. Harlemite Avatar

    Father bless.

    May God be with your family and all other residents.

  4. Ian Avatar

    Prayers for all ascending from Down Under.

  5. shevaberakhot Avatar

    Lord, divert the winds to serve your purpose. Amen!

  6. Peter, a sinner Avatar
    Peter, a sinner

    I will pray for them. I have family down there also.

  7. Lucias Avatar

    I shall pray for them, and all within the path.

    And I will ponder what I’m reading in the book by Sophrony “On Prayer” regarding suffering as it relates to suffering in natural disasters.

  8. shevaberakhot Avatar

    LORD, protect also the many oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, upon which, the livelihood of many families depend.

  9. Anastasia Theodoridis Avatar

    It must be worrisome for you, Father. My prayers for you, for them, for all in the storm’s path.

  10. Matushka Elizabeth Avatar

    Dear Father – We will keep all in our prayers! Having just spend several nerve racking days directly in the path of Hurricane Dolly, which was only a Category 2 storm, I can’t imagine staying in place – no matter how “hurricane proof” the home – during a Category 4 event! Lord have mercy and save them!

  11. Mark in Baton Rouge Avatar
    Mark in Baton Rouge

    It’s 7:30 AM, and we’re having occasional gusts of wind with some rain.

    Earlier, after morning prayers, I came across these verses in Psalm 68/69:

    Let not the waterflood overflow me,
    neither let the deep swallow me up,
    and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

    Hear me, O LORD;
    for thy loving-kindness is good:
    turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

    We appreciate the prayers of all!

  12. fatherstephen Avatar

    I received a text message this morning from my daughter saying, “Now it all begins…”

    I replied with some words of an old Quaker hymn: “No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I’m clinging, if Love is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?” wikipedia says it was written by an American Baptist. Pete Seeger learned a version that came from folk stock and has been more widely sung and attributed to the Quakers. That’s all I know about that.

    It’s a favorite in my household.

    Mark, we are also praying for your community. God keep you!

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