California Fires, Winds Continue Rage; Prayer For Firemen
Posted by infinitygoods on October 23, 2007
UPDATE: To find out ways to help victims, please read my Oct. 30, 2007 post. Just click HERE. Thank you!
The winds and fires continue their rage and devastation here in Southern California. At infinitygoods.com, we pray for our firemen, our heroes who have already saved our home twice in previous mandatory evacuations. May they find strength as they fight this year’s many fires from the border to Santa Barbara. We pray for all those affected directly and indirectly, humans, pets and wildlife, by this year’s wildfires and hurricane-force winds. Lord, please protect all of us from fire, wind, respiratory problems, allergies and anxiety. Lord, please help all those faithful servants who dedicate their working lives to helping us.
St. Florian Prayer
St. Florian, Heaven’s patron of firefighters,
who once was dedicated to the services
of your fellowmen as an official in the
Army of Rome, look with kindly and
professional eye upon your earthly force,
desirous of the preserving of our fellowmen
from the dangers to life and property.
Give us cool heads, stout hearts, strong muscles
an instinct for prudent investigation and
Make us the terror of arsonists, the friends of
law-abiding citizens, kind to the frightened,
polite to the bores, strict with lawbreakers,
and obstinate to temptations.
In troubles give us strength to be efficient,
in times of great danger, give us the ability
to be calm and enable us to impart assurance
to those who verge on panic.
You know, beloved St. Florian, from the
sacrifice of your own life for the sake of
your faith, that the fireman’s lot on earth
is not always a pleasant one, but your
sense of duty that so pleased God, your
courageous strength that so over-whelmed
the devil and your saintly self-control,
give us inspiration.
Make us as fearless in practicing the laws
of God as we are brave in protecting the
lives and property of our fellowmen, and
when we answer our final alarm, enroll
us in your Heavenly force, where we will be
as proud to protect the throne of God as
we have been to protect the city.
St. Florian was a high-ranking Roman administrator in 3rd century Austria. He is said to have saved a town from burning by throwing a single bucket or pitcher of water on the blaze. When ordered to execute Christians, he professed his faith. He was therefore sentenced to death by fire. He is said to have challenged the Roman soldiers by telling them, “If you do, I will climb to heaven on the flames.” The soldiers instead tortured him and threw him in the river to drown.
St. Florian is invoked as a powerful protector from dangers from fire, floods and drowning. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters, chimney sweeps, coopers, barrel-makers, brewers, soap boilers and Austria. He is invoked against battles, fires, drowning, floods and for fire protection and harvests.