As the people of our diocese and others around the world respond with generosity to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Osaka Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga, SJ, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Japan, asked that we join in prayer. Here is the prayer he shared just yesterday.
Merciful God, you never depart from us even in the worst of times; be with us in both our joy and in our sadness. Grant your aid and encouragement to those who suffer in the face of this great calamity. We, too, continue to offer you our prayers and sacrifices for their sake. Bring us with all possible haste to the day when all can live in safety. May all those who have lost their lives in the devastation find peaceful repose in your presence. Mother Mary, pray for us.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
This weekend, most parishes of the diocese will be taking up a second collection for the people who suffer from this tragedy. The money collected will be forwarded through Catholic Charities to Catholic Relief Services. CRS will then make sure it is given to assist the people of Japan.
Thanks to Rocco at Whispers for sharing this prayer.