Prayers for those affected by bushfires and drought

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The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference as released prayer resources to support those affected by bushfires and drought. 

PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY BUSHFIRE AND DROUGHT: 

Eternal God, 
In wisdom and love 
you created our earth 
to sustain us and give us life. 
We turn to you now 
in faith, hope and love, 
asking you to look with favour 
on our fire-ravaged and drought-stricken land, 
on our starving and 
displaced animals, 
on our failing crops and burning 
farms, towns and forests. 

Strengthen, sustain and give new heart 
to our farmers 
and to all who are affected by drought; 
be with those who support them. 
Strengthen and comfort the victims of the fires, 
those who have lost family, friends, property and stock. 
Protect our volunteer firefighters and all members of essential services. 

In your loving providence, 
send abundant rain to quench the fires 
and to restore our parched earth. 

Father of all compassion, 
hear our prayer 
through Jesus Christ your Son, 
in whom the promise of new life 
has dawned, and 
through the power 
of the Holy Spirit, 
the Lord the giver of life: 
Renew your faithful people; 
Renew the face of the earth. 

Our Lady of the Southern Cross, 
Mary, help of Christians – 
Pray for us. 
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – 
Pray for us.

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 

Introduction (Celebrant) 
As we stand in prayerful solidarity with the needs of our world and local community, we place our special petitions before the God of all compassion:

  1. We pray for all communities in need of rainfall, particularly those affected by the drought in Australia: that God’s bountiful rain will once again bring life from our parched land and extinguish the destructive bushfires around our country. 

Let us pray to the Lord 
R. Lord, hear our prayer. 

  1. We pray for all those in service industries, particularly the firefighters and emergency service personnel who bravely put their lives at risk in order to protect those in need: that their generous witness will inspire others and that their heroic efforts will be successful. 

Let us pray to the Lord. 
R. Lord, hear our prayer. 

  1. We pray for all working in national, state and local government offices, particularly those responding to the bushfire crises in Australia: that they may work towards speedy 

    and generous solutions for those whose lives have been devastated by the recent tragedies. 
    Let us pray to the Lord. 
    R. Lord, hear our prayer. 

    1. We pray for all who have suffered loss of home, health, animals, income or any treasured possessions following the recent bushfires in our country: that they will experience the love and support of all God’s people as they seek to rebuild their lives and communities. 

    Let us pray to the Lord. 
    R. Lord, hear our prayer. 

    1. We pray for all who have died, particularly the victims of the recent bushfires in Australia: that the God of all consolation will grant them eternal rest and bring comfort and strength to their loved ones who mourn. 

    Let us pray to the Lord. 
    R. Lord, hear our prayer. 

    Conclusion (Celebrant) 
    Gracious and loving God, moved by your Holy Spirit, we ask you to hear our prayers and petitions that we make through Jesus Christ, our Lord. 
    Amen 

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