Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Thursday 16 September |
Saint of the Day: Sts Cornelius and Cyprian
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Drive back violent storms with this powerful weather blessing

John Wollwerth/Shutterstock

Philip Kosloski - published on 02/04/19 - updated on 08/17/21

From the Roman Ritual, this prayer is often prayed with a relic of the holy cross in hand.

Living in a fallen world, we suffer the effects of sin not only in our souls, but also through the ever-changing weather patterns of the earth. All of creation was affected by Adam’s fall. The plight of nature can often wreck havoc on our lives, disrupting them in devastating ways.

At times it may seem like God is “sleeping,” as Jesus was during the storm at sea featured in the Gospels. However, his apostles woke him up and begged him to do something.

Jesus responded, calming the waves and the wind while also urging his disciples to have faith in him.

Today we can similarly pray to God, asking him to calm the weather and protect us during extreme storms. But remember, while God always answers our prayers, it may not be in the manner we expect.

Below is a weather blessing that is to be said by a priest. It is found in the Roman Ritual and is often said with a relic of the true cross of Jesus Christ.

V. From lightning strikes, hail, and violent storms.
R. Deliver us, O Lord Jesus Christ.

V. Show us, O Lord, Thy mercy.
R. And grant us Thy salvation.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. We beseech Thee, O Almighty God, through the intercession of Holy Mary, the Mother of God, of the holy angels, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, widows, and of all Thy saints, that Thou show us Thy continuing protection, permit tranquil winds, and also pour out to us, Thy unworthy servants, Thy safety from heaven above against lightning strikes and violent storms, and that Thou remain always protective of the human race and crush down the aerial powers by the right hand of Thy power. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen


CHRIST IN THE STORM ON THE SEA OF GALILEE

Read more:
2 Saints and a psalm to invoke in bad weather


WOMAN,WINDOW

Read more:
A short prayer against severe weather

Tags:
LiturgyPrayers for a Particular Need

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
CELEBRITIES
Cerith Gardiner
Our favorite stories of celebrities who inspire us in daily life
2
communion
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
3
As irmãs biológicas que se tornaram freiras no instituto Iesu Communio
Francisco Veneto
The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just tw...
4
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
5
Mychal Judge
John Burger
The priests of 9/11
6
CROSS
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
7
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.