Jerusalem patriarch urges prayer, penance to obtain rain
CWN - December 06, 2010
Amid a severe drought and five years of below-average rainfall, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has called upon the faithful to pray and do penance to obtain the gift of rain.
“Rain has not come to our land for a long time now,” said Archbishop Fouad Twal. “The Church [is] used to pray[ing] during these difficult times, to implore the Lord’s mercy and appease his anger caused by our sins. We remember what happened with the Prophet Elijah when the Holy Land suffered from seven years of drought. The prayer of the prophet obtained the miracle. It rained abundantly.”
“I ask to designate the Second Sunday of Advent, December 5, 2010 for this intention, and the following Friday, December 10, 2010 as a day of penance, during which the faithful may fast or practice abstinence (from meat or smoking or other ways and means possible),” he added. “They can also visit the church and pray for a period of time."
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our final 2013 goal ($26,794 to go, assuming receipt of matching funds):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!