Sunday, August 28, 2005

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us

I ask everyone reading this post to please say a Hail Mary, asking Our Lady of Prompt Succor - who is patronness of the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana - that through her intercession Our Lord will stretch out His hand to protect Louisianians and all those who will be affected by Hurricane Katrina. Our Lady saved the city from the British during the Battle of New Orleans; we pray that she will save the city now from Katrina.

My family, who live in Slidell, about 20 miles NE of New Orleans, evacuated to Houston last night. I'm concerned about my sister-in-law's' parents, who stayed because they were worried their mom (my sister-in-law's grandmother, in her 80s) wouldn't be able to handle a long evacuation. Also, my Confirmation sponsor, Laura and her husband, Dave, who just had their first child 13 days ago are having to evacuate with a newborn, which I can only imagine is unbelievable stress.

Please pray for them, for all those on the roads heading out, all those who can't get out and who will (hopefully) be staying in shelters and for all those working to ensure their safety.

More on Our Lady of Prompt Succor here and here.

Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.

Website for the New Orleans' Ursulines, who started the devotion to Our Lady of Prompt Succor (though their page about her doesn't seem to be working right now).

More on Hurricane Katrina from WWL, New Orleans' most popular local TV station.