Saturday, 27 February 2010

Rosales orders prayers for rains starting Sunday


After Basilan and Cebu dioceses, the archdiocese of Manila will pray to God starting Sunday for rains to thwart an impending water and power crisis caused by El Niño.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal ordered his flock to recite an Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam (Obligatory Prayer to Request for Rain) during Masses.

“Our relief will come from nature. And so we implore the Master of all creation, God, our Father, at whose command the winds and the seas obey, to send us rain and ease drought. Let us together storm heavens with our supplication, that God’s mercy be upon us and send us the rain we need," he said in an article posted Saturday on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines news site.

“February 28, 2010, is the Second Sunday of Lent and we start with these prayers on this day, the day of our intensified journey of Lent," he added.

The Oratio Imperata is to be prayed after Communion before the Post Communion Prayer.

But Rosales also ordered prayers and intentions to be recited during the Prayers of the Faithful during daily and Sunday Masses.

Government authorities have earlier warned that the country is facing drought and shortage of water because of the El Niño phenomenon.

Rosales' obligatory prayer reads as follows:

God our loving Father, creator of our earth and of the universe, and all the wondrous elements of nature that sustain your living creatures, we humbly ask you to send us the rain that our country needs so badly at this time, to irrigate our fields, to stave off a power shortage, to provide water for our bodily health, and to refresh our parched lands. At your command the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God to send us so that crisis may be averted.

Merciful and generous God, open our eyes to the richness and beauty of your creation and instill in us a deep love for this earth and all that is in and around it. Teach us to be wise stewards of your creation so that we may always use them responsibly and protect them from abuse and exploitation. At this time of crisis, dear Lord, move us to share more and to love more.

Loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted the Filipino people to the special care of Mary our Mother, listen to the prayers that we bring up to her, our Blessed Mother, to intercede for us, for the protection of our land and our people, whom she loves.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.

Rosales is the third prelate to issue an Oratio Imperata this year, following Ricardo Cardinal Vidal of the archdiocese of Cebu and the diocese of Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad.

The Manila archdiocese defines Oratio Imperata as a special prayer for a special intention, besides the ones prescribed by rituals, that the Pope or the bishop may require to be recited during Masses.

In May last year, Rosales also issued an Oratio Imperata to end the threat posed by the A(H1N1), or commonly known as the swine-flu virus. — LBG, GMANews.TV

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