Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluvia

Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluvia

By Father Bernard Holzer, aa

 In all the churches, chapels and communities in the Philippines, we pray for rain. (See the prayer below)

 But prayer is not enough! We must resolutely commit ourselves to saving our environment and our planet, as Pope Francis invited us to do in two important letters to people of good will: "Laudato Si" (2015) and "Laudate Deum" (2023).

 Let's reread these letters and, together with others, try to find the simple gestures that can change the world!

“All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, involvements and talents.” – Laudato Si 14.



Oratio Imperata Ad Petendam Pluvia

God, our loving Father,

Creator of our earth and of the universe

and of all the wondrous elements of nature

that sustain your living creatures,

we humbly ask you to grant us relief

from the extreme heat that besets your people at this time, disrupting their activities and threatening their lives and livelihood. Send us rain to replenish our depleting water sources,

to irrigate our fields, to stave off water and power shortages

and to provide water for our daily needs.


At your command the wind and the seas obey.

Raise your hand, Almighty God,

to avert the continuing rise in temperatures

so that your people can engage in productive undertakings

and our young people can pursue learning in tranquility and comfort.


Merciful and generous God,

open our eyes to the richness and beauty of your creation and instill in us a deep love for this earth and all that is in and around it.


Teach us to be wise stewards of your creation

so that we may always use them responsibly

and protect them from abuse and exploitation.

At this time of crisis, dear Lord,

move us to share more, to serve more and to 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 that we bring up to her, our Blessed Mother, to intercede for us, for the protection of our land and our people, whom she loves.


Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Saint Rose of Lima, pray for us.

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.

Saint Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

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