God is our refuge and strength

Prayers For Haiti

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.

 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
and though the mountains be toppled into the
depths of the sea;

 

Though its waters rage and foam,
and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

 

The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

 

– Psalm 46

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Eternal God, send forth your Sprit to encourage and strengthen the people of Haiti in these difficult times. We pray especially for those impacted by the recent earthquake. Encourage and strengthen those who help and support others. In your mercy, receive the souls of those who have died; comfort their families and loved ones. Surround with your presence the sick and suffering. Aid the work of those who still search and rescue. Empower the medical and aid workers and all who labor to heal.

Likewise, inspire and empower the resolve of the nations and peoples of the world to be your instruments of help and healing. Stir up the might of your love and compassion among the nations to rally resources and stay the course until the humanitarian job is accomplished.

Lastly, enfold and uphold the people of Haiti—from the youngest newly born to the oldest among us—in the arms of your love and the strength of your might. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

– The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church

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God of healing and mercy, we come before you with our hearts filled with grief as we witness the ongoing devastation in Haiti.

We pray that your presence is felt by those who are grieving, who are injured, who have lost their loved ones and homes. We pray for wisdom and safety for those who are responding to the Haitian people.

God, you are our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. For this, we give you thanks and ask that you hear our prayers for the people of Haiti.

– Adapted from a prayer of the 2011 Mennonite World Conference.

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Hear our prayers, O Christ our God. For the repose of the souls of those who have died in this disaster that your holy angels may welcome them into Paradise.

Console all who grieve: those whose loved ones have died, whose families are torn; whose homes have been destroyed, whose possessions have been ruined, who are now unemployed. O Christ, hear us.

– The Rev. William Stokes of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida

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