February 2005

Day of Prayer

Catholic Health Initiatives, along with the Catholic Health Association, St. Louis, Mo., encouraged all in the Catholic health ministry to observe February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, as a day of prayer for tsunami victims. The following is part of a prayer for the victims and relief workers:

Gracious God, we pray for the people affected by the South Asia Tsunamis. Be a source of strength and courage during this time of distress and destruction, and a refuge and comfort to all those who suffer and grieve at this time.

Sustaining God, we pray for the peoples of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Seychelles, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania; and for relief workers as they assess damage, assist victims, and begin on the journey of recovery.

We pray for all international organizations and outreach workers already on site and prepared to care in the aftermath of this disaster long after it is out of the news.

Giver of all good things, we thank you for all who, though they may not be able to be present physically to assist in response to the great needs created by the tsunamis, give generously in spirit through prayer and financial gifts to make disaster relief efforts possible.