Let us pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families. Away from family and friends for many months at a time, working long hours and navigating some of the world’s most dangerous stretches of ocean, seafaring can be a tough, lonely and hazardous career. On Sea Sunday 11 July, we pray especially for these 1.3 million hardworking men and women who are often forgotten.
View the Maritime World video from Pope Francis HERE
The Navy hymn - Eternal Father strong to save.
Listen, sing & view the following three video clips of the beautiful hymn.
Listen to the Wells cathedral choir HERE
Sing with the lyrics on screen all four verses. Created for the passing of HRH Prince Philip 9 April 2021 HERE
View wild sea visuals accompanied by the first verse HERE
Just as Amos and the Twelve were called, so are we sent forth by Jesus Christ to continue his own saving mission wherever we are.
Psalm 85:9-10,11-12, 13-14.
Ephesians 1:3-14 or 3-10
Gospel: Mark 6:7-13
Ship at sea by 19th Century German painter Max Jensen.
Apostleship of the Sea
The Apostleship of the Sea is a Catholic charity supporting seafarers. Its patron is Our Lady, Star of the Sea. Internationally, the Apostleship of the Sea is also known as Stella Maris and is part of a network under the umbrella of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development. In New Zealand, the Apostleship of the Sea provides an outreach to seafarers and fishing men and women in the ports of Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington and Lyttleton. More here.
Prayer for Seafarers
Heavenly Father: we pray to You for those on the perilous ocean that You will embrace them with your mighty protection and grant them success in all their rightful undertakings.
Grant them in all hours of need to see that they have a God who remembers them, and grant them grace in the hour of danger to commit their souls into Your hands.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who can rebuke the storm and bring it to silence, and lay the roaring waves to rest, show them who call to You out of the deep that You hear their prayer and will save them.
And finally bring us all to the only safe port. Amen.
Source: Apostleship of the Sea New Zealand