The Church's Ritual and God's Anger

In my research, I came across this prayer which is timely for a whole host of reasons.

This prayer (a series of three prayers) comes at the end of a "Procession in Time of Epidemic."  It comes from Volume I of the Roman Ritual: The Sacraments and Processions.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Roman Ritual is the official Ritual which the authority of the Catholic Church has both commissioned to be compiled and has selected as the official book of the genuine and sacred rites of the Catholic Church.  It was compiled by a commission of Cardinals, chosen for their piety, learning, and sagacity and was approved by Pope Paul V in 1614.

I present to you, here, these prayers, for your reflection and ponderings in this time of pandemic.

The liturgy of the Church is one of the sources of sacred teachings, where we are instructed in divine truths and wisdom, that we may grow in our understanding of God's will and His ways, and better conform ourselves, in both our understanding and our actions, to these sacred truths.

Vouchsafe to hear us, O God, our only salvation! And through the intercession of the glorious and blessed Mary, Mother of God and ever Virgin, of thy blessed martyr, Sebastian and of all the saints, deliver thy people from the terrors of thy wrath, and restore their confidence by the outpouring of thy compassion.

Be moved to pity, O Lord, at our earnest entreaties, and heal the illnesses of body and soul; so that experiencing thy forgiveness, we may ever rejoice in thy blessing.

We beseech thee, O Lord, grant us a hearing as we devoutly raise our petitions to thee, and graciously turn away the epidemic of plague which afflicts us; so that mortal hearts may recognize that these scourges proceed from thine indignation and cease only when thou art moved to mercy.  Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and evermore. Amen.

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