Earthquakes, like all natural disasters, are the result of the disorder that man brought into the world through his disobedience to God. But like so many other tragedies, earthquakes can awaken us to our mortality and help remind us that this fallen world is not our final home. In the end, the salvation of our souls is more important than the preservation of our bodies. In this prayer, we ask God that the physical destruction of an earthquake may be turned to the spiritual well-being of those who have survived
A Prayer in Time of Earthquake
O God, who hast established the earth upon firm foundations, graciously receive the prayers of Thy people: and, having utterly removed the dangers of the shaken earth, turn the terrors of Thy divine wrath into the means of the salvation of mankind; that they who are of the earth, and unto earth shall return, may rejoice to find themselves citizens of heaven by means of a holy life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.