Oratio Imperata (Obligatory Prayer for Deliverance from Calamities)

ORATIO IMPERATA (Obligatory Prayer for Deliverance from Calamities)

Let us recite the Oratio Imperata whenever we are asked to. Let us call on to God to supply our needs. 


Almighty Father,

We raise our hearts to You in gratitude, for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.

We acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of Your creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused Your command to subdue the earth. The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.

Global warning is upon us. Typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in the increasing number and intensity.

We turn to you, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins.

We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.

We beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need. Amen.


What is Oratio Imperata?


Oratio Imperata is from two Latin words “oratio” means prayer and “imperata” which means a command or an obligation.


Oratio Imperata is a set of Roman Catholic invocative prayers consisting of a liturgical action and a short, general prayer which the local ordinary or prelate of the church may publicly pray when a grave need or calamity occurs (Source:Wikipedia)
If a certain place is experiencing or expecting occurrence of calamities, such as storms and drought, or if there is a disruption of public safety in occasions of plague and war, the local bishop may order his priests to pray the oratio imperata with the laity. It is usually incorporated in the Holy Mass and recited only post-communion or after the final blessing has been said. This prayer is not said permanently but only for a certain period of time. However, its recitation may be extended with the approval of the local ordinary.
Oratio Imperata asks a specific favor from God during an urgent need. One example is the prayer above for deliverance from the harm that natural and man-made calamities may cause to the lives of people, properties and sources of living. In this particular prayer, it also recognizes the wonderful creation God has given us and that which we have oftentimes taken for granted. 
The most commonly authorized prayer is the one for supplication for rain in times of severe drought. It is called Oratio Imperata Ad Fluviam Petendam. Another is for casualty of war which is called Oratio Imperata Ad Calamitam et Bellonam. In the Philippines, Oratio Imperata for Cessation of Rain and Floods, Oratio Imperata for Peace and Oratio Imperata for Government Officials have also been recited in different dioceses.
As Catholics, let us join the whole church in reciting the Oratio Imperata whenever we are asked to. Certainly, our Good Creator will never turn a deaf ear if we call to Him with all our heart and soul.

ORATIO IMPERATA (Obligatory Prayer for Deliverance from Calamities)


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