Archbishop calls for prayers ahead of worst snow storm since 1982

'Be vigilant for older people'

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Archbishop calls for prayers ahead of worst snow storm since 1982

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Ahead of the expected extreme cold weather due in Ireland this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin has urged people to check on the elderly and pray for shelter from the incoming snow storm.

“The weather forecast for the coming days is expected to be exceptionally cold and to include a significant snowfall.  This bad weather will affect and frighten many people across our country. Some will be afraid because they are alone, elderly, suffer from underlying medical conditions while others will be cold and hungry. They may too proud to admit their vulnerability," the Archbishop wrote in a statement.

“Parishes are at their strongest when they support their weakest.  In the words of Jesus “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matt 25:40). Christ spoke of the parable of the Good Samaritan who cared for a stranger. It was enough that he was a person in need for the Samaritan to act – and to follow up afterwards to underpin that care."

“There is in each of us a Good Samaritan. The natural disposition of the human heart is to love.  At this challenging time I am asking all able people of goodwill to:

-          be alert – in person or by telephone - to the needs of vulnerable neighbour, old and young

-          check if they have enough food, fuel supplies and adequate clothing

-          assist in clearing pathways to homes, and offer transport for essential journeys

-          use, as appropriate, the online reporting system provided by the Peter McVerry Trust to support rough sleepers on our streets: rough-sleeper

-          donate warm clothes to charity shops

-          support local farmers as it is lambing season and the death rate for all livestock increases sharply in extreme weather.

During these days I encourage the faithful  to include the following in their prayers:

Prayer for shelter from the storm

God of heaven and earth,

God who carries our lives

and the lives of our whole community

in your hands,

be with us.

Send us your holy angels

to watch over and guard us.

May they spread their holy wings

to give us shelter against the storm.

We ask this through Christ,

Our Lord.