The Power of Prayer

 Whenever sailors have been confronted by the awesome, elemental power of the sea and storms they have turned to God for help. It has been said that "there are no atheists in the Southern Ocean" and in times of danger they found comfort in prayer.


Prayer to be used in Storms at Sea

Book of Common Prayer, 1662

O most powerful and glorious Lord God,
at whose command the winds blew
and lift up the waves of the sea,
and who stillest the rate thereof;
We thy creatures, but miserable sinners,
do in this our greatest distress cry unto thee for help;
Save, Lord, or else we perish.

We confess, when we have been safe and seen all things quiet about us,
we have forgot thee, our God,
and refused to hearken to the still voice of Thy Word,
and to obey Thy Commandments;
But now we see how terrible Thou art in all Thy works of wonder;
The Great God to be feared above all:
and therefore, we adore Thy Divine Majesty,
acknowledging Thy Power, and imploring Thy Goodness.
Help, Lord, and save us for thy Mercy's Sake
In Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.



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