Bishops issue Special Prayer for Rain
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has asked all the faithful of South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and other neighbouring countries to unite together in prayer for rain. Due to the drought that South Africa has been encountering lately, especially in the Western Cape, the SACBC has provided a prayer for rain in different languages so that all are able to take part in this initiative.
Fr Paul Tatu, communications officer for the SACBC, stressed the importance of the prayer: “It is, first of all, to thank God for the blessings of rain we have been receiving in some parts of our nation, but also to pray for more rain, especially in those areas where the drought has hit hard and many are suffering due to the shortage of water.
“Everyone is invited to make sure that this prayer is said individually, in families, parishes and any other gatherings of the people of God. Through their different novenas and journeys of faith, the faithful are requested to continue to pray for peaceful rain to water the earth which will provide food for us,” Fr Tatu said.
The SACBC has started the prayer initiative as part of its campaign for the care of creation, and appeals to all to make sure that through the actions under their power, they make sure that “care for our home” is a daily concern.
With its campaign, the SACBC also adheres to the call of Pope Francis, through this encyclical Laudato Si’, in which he calls people around the globe to make care for creation one of their major priorities.
The prayer for rain is available in English, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa, and more translations will be made available in the near future.
Prayer for Rain
O God, our Creator, you are the source of all life. It is through your divine providence and infinite power that the wonder and splendour of all creation surround us: “How majestic is your name in all the earth.”
We pray to you who calms the raging waters and commands the wind, to provide us with sufficient rain to meet our needs.
During this time of drought, we are mindful of our dependence on you for all that sustains us, body and soul.
We pray for the cooling, gentle rain that will once again bring life to the fields and crops that feed us, restore the colourful rainbow of flowers and the shade of trees.
We also pray for all those who are suffering from other natural disasters. May they look to you for the strength to restore their lives and heal their wounded lands.
Help us to always be good stewards of your creation and care for the many resources of this earth.
May your grace refresh our souls.
We ask for these blessings through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth.
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