Jun 16 2010

The Blessing of the Fleet

Keep praying for those being affected by the oil spill in the Gulf - those working on fixing it, our leaders, the families that lost loved ones, the families whose livliehoods are being hurt, BP ... just keep praying!  One of the things mentioned in the President's address to the country last night was "The Blessing of the Fleet".  A blessing said by clergy in fishing communities.  There are variations of the blessing, but here is a commonly used one:

“Most gracious Lord, who numbered among your apostles the fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John, we pray you to consecrate this boat to righteous work in your name. Guide the captain at her helm. So prosper her voyages that an honest living may be made. Watch over her passengers and crew and bring them to a safe return. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon this vessel and all who come aboard, this day and forever. Amen”

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6/19/2010 12:37:11 PM
Claire United States
I am praying for the people down at the Gulf. I know some people down there-one of the men is a Coast Guard! I am also praying it doesn't go up the Mississippi River!
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