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How to prepare spiritually for hurricanes and bad weather

Hurricane in progress

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Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 09/09/23

Courage, perseverance, prudence and hope are needed to face these scary weather situations, such as hurricanes and bad storms.

A saying goes that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing,” and while that can be true in certain situations, bad weather does come in the severe form of hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, and other natural disasters.

There are lots of steps to prepare physically for a hurricane or bad storm, such as covering windows and filling clean containers with drinking water

But what about spiritual preparation for natural disasters? Courage, perseverance, prudence and hope are needed to face these scary weather situations.

"Christ asleep during the tempest," Eugene Delacroix, 1853
“Christ asleep during the tempest,” Eugene Delacroix, 1853

If you’re facing a spell of bad weather, here are four prayers to prepare yourself spiritually. And know that our prayers are with you!

Prayer to St. Medard, Patron Saint against Bad Weather 

Legend says that when he was a child, Medard was once sheltered from the rain by a hovering eagle. This is his most common depiction in art, and led to his patronage of good weather, against bad weather, and for people who work outdoors. 

Jesus My Lord, St. Medard served as a bishop during very difficult times, and his long life of spiritual leadership created a tremendous impression on the people. Because of his patronage against bad weather, I ask him to intercede for me during the storms of my life as well as the storms in nature. Protect me and my home. And Lord, help the victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Send in more helpers and multiply the supplies that are needed for their aid. You calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee; deliver us from the storms that are raging around us now. St. Medard, pray for us.


Prayer for Protection against Storms and Floods

From Catholic Online Prayers

Graciously hear us, O Lord, when we call upon You,

and grant unto our supplications a calm atmosphere,

that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins,

may, by Your protecting mercy, experience pardon.

Through Christ our Lord.


The Prayer or Blessing against Storms

This prayer can be traced to St. Anthony of Padua.

(At each ‘†’, make the Sign of the Cross)

Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace.† God became man,† and the Word was made flesh.† Christ was born of a Virgin.† Christ suffered.† Christ was crucified.† Christ died.† Christ rose from the dead.† Christ ascended into Heaven.† Christ conquers.† Christ reigns.† Christ orders.† May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning† Christ went through their midst in Peace,† and the word was made flesh.† Christ is with us with Mary.† Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the Generation of Judah, the Root of David, has won.† Holy God!† Holy Powerful God!† Holy Immortal God!† Have mercy on us.


A Prayer for Hurricane Season

From A Catholic Life

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us.


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