For Those Who Go Down to the Sea In Ships

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream

Today (July 13th) is Sea Sunday. The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, the Apostleship of the Sea, and Stella Maris Centers  are asking Catholics today to pray for all of those who make their living on the waters. They catch our food, bring us goods, and protect us, often staying away from their homes and families for long months at a time. It’s dangerous work, and they deserve our thanks and prayers.

Some went down to the sea in ships,
Doing business on the great waters
They saw the deeds of the Lord,
His wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded, and raised the stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
Their courage melted away in their evil plight;
They reeled and staggered like drunken men,
And were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And he delivered them from their distress;
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad because they had quiet,
And he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
For his wonderful works to the sons of men!

Lord, give all those who make their living on the waters calm seas, fruitful labor, and a safe harbor. St. Brendan, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Nicholas, Stella Maris, pray for us.

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