Prayer for Protection from Raging Fires
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
O Gracious God Who created the earth and all that is in it, Thou didst give us so many blessings. Indeed, Thou didst fill the world with so much beauty, bounty and no end of wonders!
We ask Thee now to save Thy people from nature’s furious fires.
Save those in California whose homes and families are in the path of the wildfires that are consuming the land.
Give courage to those who fight fires, who clean up and help others to rebuild after disasters strike.
Give strength to all survivors and peace to those whose lives are in danger.
Send down abundant rain showers to quench the flames in California. As Thou didst send to Noah of old, send also the rainbow of hope.
Nature may rage but Thou, O Lord, we know art a Loving God Who ever holds in Thy hand all Thou hast created. Unto Thee do we give thanks for all things!
Grant us humility to repent of our negligence in tending Thy Creation & give us henceforth the will to serve Thee more faithfully.
Protect homes and monasteries and all Thy people. In all the days of our lives let us remember to honor and worship Thee as the Living God: Father, Son, and All-Holy Spirit. Amen.
Through the prayers of the holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on us and save us.
Written by Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios SerfesSs. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
Revised & edited 9/10/2015