ACTION ITEM! PRIESTS AND BISHOPS! Use the old Roman Ritual, Litany, prayers against storms!

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My thoughts and prayers today are with so many of you in the way of the hurricane.

May God and His Holy Angels protect you.


Use the old Roman Ritual and pray the Litany with the deprecatory prayers against storms. A procession could be done even in doors… even with a very few.

You don’t have to be directly in the line of the storm to pray for others!

PROCESSION FOR AVERTING TEMPEST [Better in Latin, but here is the English from Sancta Missa.]

The church bells are rung, and all who can assemble in church. Then the Litany of the Saints is said, in which the following invocation is said twice:

From lightning and tempest, Lord, deliver us.

At the end of the litany the following is added:

P: Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)
P: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
Psalm 147
P: Glorify the Lord, O Jerusalem; * praise your God, O Sion.
All: For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; * He has blessed your children within you.
P: He has granted peace in your borders; * with the best of wheat He fills you.
All: He sends forth His command to the earth; * swiftly runs His word!
P: He spreads snow like wool; * He strews frost like ashes.
All: He scatters His hail like crumbs; * the waters freeze before His cold.
P: He sends His word and melts them; * He lets His breeze blow and the waters run.
All: He has proclaimed His word to Jacob, * His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
P: He has not done thus for any other nation; * He has not made known His ordinances to them.
All: Glory be to the Father.
P: As it was in the beginning.
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.
All: Who made heaven and earth.
P: Lord, show us your mercy.
All: And grant us your salvation.
P: Help us, O God, our Savior.
All: And deliver us, O Lord, for your name’s sake.
P: Let the enemy have no power over us.
All: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm us.
P: May your mercy, Lord, remain with us always.
All: For we put our whole trust in you.
P: Save your faithful people, Lord.
All: Bless all who belong to you.
P: You withhold no good thing from those who walk in sincerity.
All: Lord of hosts, happy the men who trust in you.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May He also be with you. [oooops]

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.

We beg you, Lord, to repel the wicked spirits from your family, and to ward off the destructive tempestuous winds.

Almighty everlasting God, spare us in our anxiety and take pity on us in our abasement, so that after the lightning in the skies and the force of the storm have calmed, even the very threat of tempest may be an occasion for us to offer you praise.

Lord Jesus, who uttered a word of command to the raging tempest of wind and sea and there came a great calm; hear the prayers of your family, and grant that by this sign of the holy cross all ferocity of the elements may abate.

Almighty and merciful God, who heal us by your chastisement and save us by your forgiveness; grant that we, your suppliants, may be heartened and consoled by the tranquil weather we desire, and so may ever profit from your gracious favors; through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.
He sprinkles the surroundings with holy water.

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  1. jesusthroughmary says:

    Fr. Manuppella held this procession after the noon Mass yesterday at St. Peter in Merchantville, NJ.

  2. ARPugsley says:

    Our priest, of the FSSP, sent out an alert that there would be a procession for protection from the storm this past Saturday, a few hours before the storm hit in force. About a dozen people showed up (after only three hours notice, though). It was nevertheless one of the more beautiful (and unique! I had never heard of it until then) things we’ve done as a parish, and showed the great charity of the priest for wanting to protect his parish.

    Pray for more priests! Especially more priests like him!

    More immediately, pray for those of us who are caught in this storm!!

  3. majuscule says:


  4. Manhattan Trid says:

    Thank you Father. We in “Zone A” of New York City will be praying this privately.

  5. Bryan Boyle says:

    Thank you, Father. Just finished praying it (and blessing all the windows in my house with water blessed at Lourdes).

  6. wanda says:

    Thank you, Father. You bless us by your care for us. Prayed this and will do so again later.

  7. NoraLee9 says:

    Thanks Pater. We’re now in Wayne, NJ, where we recently moved to be close to the FSSP, Pequannock. We’re in the Passaic River flood plain…. After our take-out is eaten, we will pray from the Rituale….

  8. Tantum Ergo says:

    A bit off the subject, but noteworthy concerning prayers against another type of “storm,” (politiacal) the 1962 missal lists a Mass “Against Persecutors of the Church.”

  9. Cranky Old Man says:

    Traditional New Orleans hurricane prayer:
    Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Amen.
    Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.

  10. TMKent says:

    Prayers please for Captain Robin Walbridge of the Tall Ship HMS Bounty (1962 replica), sunk in the storm off the Cost of North Carolina today .
    Catpain Walbridge is one of the two missing crew members. The other missing crew member is Claudene Christian a distant relative of Fletcher Christian, the original Master’s Mate who seized command of the ship during the mutiny. The Coast Guard recued 17 other members of the crew.

  11. david s says:

    Just prayed this litany at home as the storm is strengthening here.
    My Liber Usualis gives the following “occasional prayer,” which the priest may use at Mass on certain days not of double rite, after the prayers of the day:
    To Avert Storms
    Collect: A domo tua, quaesumus Domine, spiritales nequitiae repellantur, et aerearum discedat malignitas tempestatum. Per Dominum…

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