At the end of Pope Benedict’s pontificate Rome was blessed with unseasonably beautiful weather for his last appearances.
Right now the weather is Rome is horrid and forecasts are grim. I was out the other evening and actually saw Noah and the Ark float by.
Please, friends, in your charity, stop and say a prayer for good weather for Rome now? And in the coming days?
Many people, myself included, will want to be outside in St. Peter’s Square on “SMOKE WATCH”, and then also for the announcement of a new Pope.
Please, O God, let us not have rain and lightning! I don’t ask for crystal clear skies – though that would be great – but, please, not rain.
Would you, dear readers, with your hearts united with us in Rome please say this prayer?
From the Procession for Imploring Fair Weather in the older Rituale Romanum:
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
Let us pray.
God, who are offended by our sins but appeased by our penances, may it please you to hear the entreaties of your people and to turn away the stripes that our transgressions rightly deserve.
Graciously hear us, O Lord, as we cry out to you, and grant fair weather to us, your suppliants; and although we are justly afflicted for our sins, may we nonetheless know your mercy and so appreciate your clemency.
Almighty God, we appeal to your kindness, asking that you hold back the inundation of rainfall, and be pleased to show us the cheerfulness of your countenance; through Christ our Lord.