The serious negative impact of Climate Change is a call to conversion towards a better way of caring for the earth. We have seen how much the people in the Cape are suffering because of lack of rain; therefore lack of water. Few years ago the whole of South Africa was hit by a terrible drought, to the extent that even the big rivers dried up. On the other hand we have seen the extremes of heavy and unfriendly rains causing big floods which ended up damaging properties and killing people instead of helping us to survive. Some few days ago we have seen the terrible hail storms killing people and destroying property and plants in the neighbouring Lesotho. All these are a clear sign that that the creation is not at peace. Seemingly there is still a lot going to happen.
SACBC would like to invite you to continue praying for more rain, especially in those areas where there is drought and a shortage of water, like in the Cape, we continue to thank God for the blessings of rain in some parts of our region. Below is the attachment of prayer for rain, as prepared by Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Prayer for Rain (English)
O God, our Creator, you are the source of all life. It is through your divine providence and infinite power, that the wonder and splendour of all creation surround us. “How majestic is your name in all the earth”. We pray to you who calms the raging waters and commands the wind, to provide us sufficient rain to meet our needs.
During this time of drought, we are mindful of our dependence on you for all that sustains our body and soul. We pray for the cooling, gentle rain that will once again bring life to the fields and crops that feed us, restore the colourful rainbow of flowers and the cooling shade of the trees.
We also pray for all those who are suffering from other natural disasters. May they look to you for the strength to restore their lives and heal their wounded land.
Help us to always be good stewards of your creation and care for the many resources of this earth.
May your grace refresh our souls.
We ask for these blessings through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth.
UMTHANDAZO WEMVULA (Xhosa)
Thixo Mdali ungumthombo wobomi bonke.
Kukwisibonelelo sakho esiNgcwele nakumandla akho engethiyo, okokuba singqongwe ngummangaliso nobuhle bayo yonke indalo esingqongileyo.
“Hayi ubukhulu begama lakho kuwo wonke umhlaba.”
Sithandaza kuwe wena uthomalalisa amanzi alwayo uyalele imimoya, ukuba usibonelele ngemvula eyaneleyo ukuze simelane nezidingo zethu.
Kwelixesha lembalela, siyakuqonda ukuxhomekeka kwethu kuwe ngako konke okusanelisayo umzimba nomphefumlo.
Sithandazela imvula epholisayo netsho kamnandi, neyakuthi kwakho ize nobomi emasimini nakwizityalo ezondla thina, buyisela ubuhle bemithunzi yemithi.
Sithandazela bonke abo bava ubunzima ngenxa yembalela nezinye iimeko zezulu.
Banga bangakhangela kuwe amandla okubuyisela empilweni uze uphilise umhlaba wabo owonakeleyo.
Sincede sisoloko sisiba ngamagosa alungileyo endalo yakho kwanokunakekela yonke imithombo yeli hlabathi.
Lwanga ufefe lwakho lungahlaziya imiphefumlo yethu.
Ezi ntsikelelo sizicela ngemithandazo kaMariya iKumkanikazi yamaZulu nomhlaba.