This is the Family Prayer for the Archdiocese of New Orleans:
Loving and faithful God, through the years the people of our archdiocese have appreciated the prayers and love of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in times of war, disaster, epidemic and illness. We come to you, Father, with Mary our Mother, and ask you to help us in the battle of today against violence, murder and racism.
We implore you to give us your wisdom that we may build a community founded on the values of Jesus, which gives respect to the life and dignity of all people.
Bless parents that they may form their children in faith. Bless and protect our youth that they may be peacemakers of our time. Give consolation to those who have lost loved ones through violence.
Hear our prayer and give us the perseverance to be a voice for life and human dignity in our community.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.
Mother Henriette Delille, pray for us that we may be a holy family.
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While I’ve got some issues with the semantics of a “battle against violence” (it’s kind of counterproductive to use violent terms or speech to describe the movement against violence), when you hear those words echoing through St. Louis Cathedral, it’s impossible not to be moved. Love this town, love this people and want to do everything possible to make it better.