Monday, February 1, 2010

We've always been a praying people

On Sunday, January 23rd, Fr. Messina took a moment at the end of Mass to remind us that Catholics have a great tradition of praying and asking for those things that they want--and that he himself would be praying for a Saints victory that afternoon--just in case we wanted to join him.

So it only seems fitting to share with you here the words of the first Prayer for the Saints, as penned by Archbishop Hannan, back in 1968. Later this week I'll share some of the prayers that Fr. Ricard has penned for the Saints this year.

By the way, at 96, Archbishop Hannan is ready to cheer his Saints onto victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday!


God, we ask your blessing upon all who participate in this event, and all who have supported our Saints. Our Heavenly Father, who has instructed us that the "saints by faith conquered kingdoms... and overcome lions", grant our Saints an increase of faith and strength so that they will not only overcome the Lions, but also the Bears, the Rams, the Giants, and even those awesome people in Green Bay.

May they continue to tame the Redskins and fetter the falcons as well as the Eagles. Give to our owners and coaches the continued ability to be as wise as serpents and simple as doves, so that no good talent will dodge our draft. Grant to our fans perseverence in their devotion and unlimited lung power, tempered with a sense of charity to all, including the referees.

May our beloved "Bedlam Bowl" be a source of good fellowship and may the "Saints Come Marching In" be a victory march for all, now and in eternity.

Philip M. Hannan
Archbishop of New Orleans