Pray for the Gulf Coast was designed for the first anniversary of hurricane Katrina years later many people wear it as a reminder of the power of prayer and hope for recovery.
Today the Gulf Coast is threatened by a huge unprecedented oil spill – much like The Great Fire of New Orleans in 1812 that nearly destroyed the city. We pray as the Ursuline nuns did so long ago, that the winds shift saving our coast.
It is customary for New Orleans Catholics to pray before the statue of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, asking for her intercession whenever harm threatens, praying:
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us!
During hurricane season, prayers are said at every Mass in the city during the Prayers of the Faithful requesting Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s intercession and protection.