for a Healthy Earth,
Times of Natural Disaster,
and Products of the Earth
For Productive Land
God our Father, we acknowledge You as the only source of growth and abundance. With Your help we plant our crops and by Your power they product our harvest. In Your kindness and love make up for what is lacking in our efforts. Amen.
After the Harvest
Father, God of goodness, You give man the land to provide him with food. May the produce we harvest sustain our lives, and may we always use it for Your glory and the good of all. Amen.
In Time of Famine
All powerful Father, God of goodness, You provide for all Your creation. Give us an effective love for our brothers and sisters who suffer from lack of food. Help us to do all we can to relieve their hunger, that they may serve You with carefree hearts. Amen.
In Time of Earthquake
God our Father, You set the earth on its foundation. Keep us safe from the danger of earthquakes and let us always feel the presence of Your love. May we be secure in Your protection and serve You with grateful hearts. Amen.
Lord God, in You we live and move and have our being. Help us in our present time of trouble. Send us the rain we need, and teach us to seek Your lasting help on the way to eternal life. Amen.
For Fine Weather
All powerful and ever-living God, we find security in Your forgiveness. Give us the fine weather we pray for so that we may rejoice in Your gifts of kindness and use them always for Your glory and our good. Amen.
To Avert Storms
Father, all the elements of nature obey Your command. Calm the storms that threaten us and turn our fear of Your power into praise of Your goodness. Amen.
To St. Michael the Archangel
Dear St. Michael, the Archangel, protect us, both body and soul from the Evil One, his followers and anyone who would approach us with malicious intent.
Protect us, our bodies, and our cars, as we travel about in our daily activities.
Protect us, our bodies, our home, our property and possessions during times of storm, from all dangers of lightning, high winds, hail and flood waters. Amen.
Prayer of the Christian Gardener/Farmer
O God, Source and Giver of all things, Who does manifest Thy infinite majesty, power, and goodness in the earth about us, we give You honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank You. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Christ, Your Son, as atonement for our sins, for the growth of Your Church, for peace and charity in our homes, for salvation to all. Amen.
Good and generous Lord, You have once more brought the year full circle, through planting and growing and ripening to harvest time, and autumn. We thank You for the sun and the wind, the rain and the dew, the minerals of the earth and all the plants that grow and all the beasts and birds of farm and field. We marvel at Your wonderful ways of bringing food from the earth for man's good.
Dear God, help us to use Your rich gifts as You want us to. Teach us to share them with our neighbor when he is in need. Make us see, in the marvelous succession of seasons, and in the growth and ripening of our crops, the merciful, generous hand of Your divine providence.
Help us to realize, too, that if we keep Your commandments and live according to the inspirations of Your grace, we shall also reap a plentiful harvest in the autumn of our lifetime: a harvest that we will be able to enjoy for ever and ever, where no rust can destroy, nor blight spoil any least part of it. Amen.
Our Lady quoted these words from the Prayer or Blessing against Storms, which has appeared for 33 years in the PIETA prayer book, and which in the new 2005 edition is attributed to a pilgrim priest who in the 13th century anonymously visited a convent and church near Lisbon, Portugal, that had been devastated almost yearly by storms, causing severe loss of property and life. This pilgrim priest left a written copy of this prayer with the gatekeeper of the convent, and then he disappeared. It was posted and carried by the monks, and since that time storms have caused no damage to either the convent or the religious there. Subsequently, it was ordered to be published by Pope Innocent III (1198-1216). On January 15, 2005, Our Lady of Emmitsburg shared with mystic Gianna Sullivan that this mysterious pilgrim priest had been St. Anthony (of Padua), and she encouraged the use of this prayer during these current times.
The Prayer or Blessing against Storms
(Now of great importance!)
Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. + God became man, + and the Word was made Flesh. + Christ was born of a virgin. + Christ suffered. + Christ was crucified. + Christ died. + Christ rose from the dead. + Christ ascended into Heaven. + Christ conquers. + Christ reigns. + Christ orders. + May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning. + Christ went through their midst in Peace, + and the Word was made Flesh. + Christ is with us with Mary. + Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Juda, the Root of David, has won. + Holy God! + Holy Powerful God! + Holy Immortal God! + Have mercy on us. Amen!
( + ) denotes times to make the Sign of the Cross.
~~PIETA, MLOR Corporation, Hickory Corners, MI, USA,  731-4490, 2005
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