A message from Bishop Marshall:

As we watch the approach of Category 4 Hurricane Beryl – a strong storm so early in the season – we are reminded that we have traditionally sought the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title Our Lady of Prompt Succor, for protection from injury and damage due to hurricanes. Here is one prayer:
Our Father in Heaven through the intercession of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, spare us during this Hurricane season from all harm. Protect us and our homes from all disasters of nature. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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 of 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 stormless eternity awaits us.

Composed by Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1985 – 1981)
Second Bishop of Lafayette (1956 – 1973),
following Hurricane Audrey in 1957