Since last Sunday, exhorted by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Manila, all the faithful in the churches of the archdiocese have been praying the “Oratio Imperata for El Niño” and making special petitions at Masses for El Niño’s harm to us Filipinos to be mitigated.
Archbishop Cardinal Tagle sent a circular on Friday September 4 addressed to the clergy, superiors of religious communities (men and women), and heads of secular institutes in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Titled “Oratio imperata for the impending drought” the letter, with the salutation “Dear Brothers and Sisters,” says:
“The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), our state weather agency, has forecasted that the El Niño phenomenon that is hitting the country will intensify to a new record high. This means prolonged drought in about 46 provinces in our country causing damage to agriculture lands and critical water supply for human consumption.
“This impending situation brings us to the brink of helplessness, but not hopelessness, as we turn to God our Father, to turn His mercy on us and shorten the life of El Niño and bring down the rain to avert the crisis.
“In praying to Him for His compassion and benevolence, we also seek His forgiveness for our ecological sins—our neglect and abuse of the environment, our ‘throw-away’ culture, and our failures as stewards of His creation.
“We are sending you the intentions to be inserted into the daily and Sunday Prayer of the Faithful of the Mass:
“Lord, stay the hand of El Niño so that the drought it brings would not come and we will not have damage to our lands and crops and shortage in our power supply, we pray ….
“Lord, forgive us our many ecological sins that have brought so much anguish to our mother earth, give us the grace to be wise and conscientious stewards of your creation, so that all may be given life and spirit, we pray …
“We are also sending this Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam to be prayed kneeling down after Communion before the Post Communion Prayer.
“We start these prayers on September 6, 2015.
“Let us together storm heaven with our supplications, that God’s mercy be upon us and avert the disaster that a prolonged and intense El Niño threatens us.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop of Manila”
Below are the words of the “Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluviam.”
God our loving Father, Maker of all Creation,
look kindly on us Your Children in this Earth
You have given us as our home, as we plead You
to shorten the life of El Niño now threatening our country
with prolonged drought, extreme weather, and low water supply.
O merciful God forgive us our ecological sins
that have contributed to this adverse phenomenon;
Forgive our indifference to the groans and suffering of Mother Earth;
Forgive us our wastefulness, our disregard for the value
of the gifts of creation You have given us.
We promise to repent for our sins by following the Gospel of Creation,
and by caring for and being mindful of your Creation in all that we do.
Give us the strength and wisdom to be good stewards of your creation
and to protect the environment from abuse and exploitation.
At this time of impending crisis move us, dear Lord, to share more, serve more and love more.
Loving God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you entrusted the Filipino people to the special care of Mary our Mother, listen to the prayers, we bring up to you through her, and grant us our petitions through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Saint Michael and the Archangels, pray for us.
Saint Rose of Lima,
pray for us.
Saint Lorenzo Ruiz,
pray for us.
Saint Pedro Calungsod,
pray for us.