Saturday, February 27, 2010

Oratio Imperata for Rain

MANILA, Feb. 26, 2010—Temperature is high. The rains are still to come. More and more Filipinos are turning to God to solve the nation’s water crisis.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal has summoned his flocks to a prayer starting today to ask for rain to come and help ease the impending water and power crisis.

The church leader has also come up with an Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam (Obligatory Prayer to Request for Rain) to be inserted into the daily and Sunday Prayers of the Faithful of the Mass.
Government authorities have earlier warned that the country is facing drought and shortage of water because of the El Niño phenomenon.

“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,” Rosales said.

“Let us together storm heavens with our supplication, that God’s mercy be upon us and send us the rain we need,” he added.

The Oration [sic] Imperata, the cardinal said, is to be prayed after Communion before the Post Communion Prayer.

Following is the full text of the obligatory prayer:

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.

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

“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 said.

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 H1N1 virus across the globe. (Roy Lagarde)


I was around Northern Luzon for the past two days that is the reason why I wasn't able to post.  I saw some areas.  Talking to farmers.  Getting my feet in some farmlands.

Believe it or not...they have water.  Maybe you shouldn't believe everything you see on TV.

Better yet.  Just pray.

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