Offering eggs with prayers asking for a fine weather in time for an affair may have been an effective spiritual tradition conducted by the Carmelite Monastery in Jaro district, at least among Ilonggos.

In the wake of massive flooding in Luzon, the Catholic Church called on the faithful to recite the Oratio Imperata specifically to keep safe from disasters.

This special prayer can be recited again in all churches for good weather, stressed Msgr. Joselito Asis, secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Called “Oratio Imperata for deliverance from calamities,” the prayer was first said in Diocese of Legazpi in 2009 after Albay province was severely damaged by a series of super typhoons.

“There’s a need for prayer considering the damage the continuous rains brought to various parts of the country,” said Asis.

Let us pray the Oratio:

“Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of creation.

We have not been good stewards of Nature.

We have confused Your command to subdue the earth.

The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.

Global warming is upon us. Typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in increasing number and intensity.

We turn to You, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins.

We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.

We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need.

Amen.”

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