Creator God, at times such as this, when we realized that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we had imagined, we plead for your mercy. As the things we have built crumble, we know too well how small we truly are on this ever-changing, ever-moving, fragile planet we call home. Yet you have promised never to forget us. Do not forget us now. Today, so many people are afraid. They wait in fear for the next tremor. They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble. They roam the streets in shock at what they see. And they fill the dusty air with wails of grief and the names of missing dead. Comfort them, O God, in this disaster. Be their rock when the earth refuses to stand still, and shelter them under your wings when homes and offices no longer exist. Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly. Console the hearts of those who mourn, and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death. Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion, we who watch from afar, as our friends and relatives experience misery upon misery. Move us to act swiftly this day, to give generously everyday, to work for justice always, and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.

And once the shaking has ceased, the images of destruction have stopped filling the news, and our thoughts return to life’s daily rumblings, let us not forget that we are all your children and they, our sisters and brothers. We are all the work of your hands. For though the mountains leave their place and the hills be tossed to the ground your love shall never leave us and your promise of peace will never be shaken.

Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever. Amen.

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