Thought for the Week

5 Jul 2018

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sea Sunday

This coming Sunday will be Sea Sunday.  This is a special day of prayer and reflection as the Church remembers the work of the Apostleship of the Sea and the many worldwide Chaplains who minister to seafarers and their families.

We are an island nation and the bulk of all our imports tends to be brought to us by the sea and our exports also go out of our country the same way. This weekend and into the coming week, you might like to reflect on how many of the things you own in your home come from overseas and may well have been brought to you by those who work at sea.  Look in your fridge and cupboard for instance and see how many ‘exotic’ foods you eat each day and each week that has come far and wide and has been brought to the UK from overseas.  Behind every item there is an unknown and unseen face; the person who has provided those resources to you through the sea trade routes from across the globe.

Here are some prayer prompts to help you this weekend as we celebrate Sea Sunday:

  • Let us pray for all those who work at sea, either through fishing and transporting cargo all around the world.
  • Let us remember all those who work in dangerous situations at sea with stormy weather and threatening conditions isolated in the middle of the oceans and are away from the families for months at a time.
  • Let us pray for those who minister to them and their families as Priest and Lay Chaplains.

The work of the Apostleship of the Sea is important as they provide seafarers and their families with the much needed support they require as part of their working life.  They help with vital physical and spiritual needs. The Organisation offers support with someone to talk to, Mass is said on the ships and important one to one pastoral care is also given.  The seafarers have someone to talk to in the Chaplains, someone to share problems with, help them with their pay and advice if they have financial worries and they also provide a vital link home by simply organising a much needed phone call to loved ones back home.

Our prayer this week is taken from the Apostleship of the Sea website www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

O Eternal Lord God,
Creator of earth and sky and sea
Be pleased to receive into your protection
All who go down to the sea in ships,
And occupy their business in great waters
Preserve them in body and soul;
Prosper their labours with good success;
in all times of danger be their defence
and bring them to the haven where they would be;
through Christ our Lord,
Amen

Our Blessed Lady, Mary the Mother of Jesus is Patroness of the Apostleship of the Sea and so we ask for her prayers and may she give help to all those who work on the sea.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea, pray for seafarers, their families and their Chaplains. Amen.

Keep them safe under your protective mantle we pray. Amen.