Faithful urged to pray ‘Oratio Imperata’

MANILA -- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the faithful to pray the “Oratio Imperata for Deliverance from Calamities” in connection with impending landfall of Typhoon Ruby in Eastern Visayas on Saturday.

“Let us pray this 'Oratio Imperata for Deliverance from Calamities' in our churches beginning tonight (December 5) until it is lifted,” he said in a statement.

With this, he asked the people to pray for those that will be affected.

“Let our preparations include prayer. Let us humble ourselves and seek the mercy and compassion of God at this time of impending peril and destruction,” Tagle said.

“Along with our prayer for mercy and deliverance to God our Father, let us fill our hearts with compassion for those who are hungry, homeless, isolated by floods, threatened by strong winds and landslides. Let us pray that they may find food, shelter, and safety,” he added.

The head of the Archdiocese of Manila said that people should not panic, “instead, let us focus on being prepared and on being of help. Let us heed all typhoon warnings and all advisories from the government agencies that monitor this type of situations.”

The Oratio Imperata for Deliverance from Calamities is as follows:

Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to youin gratitude for the wonders of creation,for your providence in sustaining us in our needsand for your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against you and the rest of creation.

We have not been good stewards of your creation.

We turn to you, our loving Father and beg forgiveness for our sins.

We pray to you for protection from calamities,from the floods and raging waters brought by storms,from howling winds that destroy our homes,from the loosening of earth that brings landslides.

Calm the storm and keep us all safe and far from harmthese perilous days and always.

We ask this through Your Son Jesus Christ who livesand reigns with You and the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.

On Thursday, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma also prepared an “Oratio Imperata” or special prayer seeking protection from the typhoon.

The special prayer was first recited during mass Thursday and will continue to be recited until the typhoon exits the Philippine area of responsibility. [READ: Palma issues special prayer]

The same special prayer has been recited in Borongan, Eastern Samar, where Typhoon Ruby is expected to make landfall Saturday evening, as well as in other areas in Eastern Visayas. (PNA/Sunnex)

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