Sunday, March 20, 2011

To Pray a Litany for Japan

I was moved this morning at my home parish when we all raised our voices at the end of Mass to pray this Litany for Japan.

Our Lady of Akita, pray for them

St. Peter Baptist, martyr and patron of Japan, pray for them

St. Francis Xavier, patron of Japan, pray for them

St. Paul Miki and companions, pray for them

All Holy Martyrs of Japan, pray for them

God our Father, you guide everything in wisdom and love. Accept the prayers we offer for the nation of Japan; by the wisdom of  their leaders and the integrity of their citizens, may their suffering be lessened, may harmony and peace be restored. May those who have perished be granted eternal rest, and survivors, assistance, comfort and consolation. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.