Yesterday was June first. Not only was it half priced Hurricanes, the deliciously fruity and strong cocktail, from the Bourbon Street watering hole Pat O'Brien's, it was also the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Now some five years after Katrina and Rita and only two years after Ike and Gustave the memories of such storms never fade, and the anxieties and worries come anew every June first.
New Orleans is still waiting for "the Big One" -- the one storm destined to go up the mouth of the river and obliterate the city making Baton Rouge gulf front property.
Long story short. During the hurricane season many gulf coast residents as for the intercesion of Our LAdy of Prompt Succor (pronounced Sucker by native New Orleanians). Mary's title by that name has its roots to Our LAdy of Perpetual Help, and somewhere along the way a group of Ursuline Sisters began promoting a devotion to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor (Our Lady of Quick Help). It is said that Mother Saint Michael, while the city of New Orleans was burning, prayed to Our Lady under this title in hopes that Mary would intercede and save their convent and city.
The Prayer she used was quick and simple, and is good for all Christians. Mother St. Michael prayed "Our Lady of Prompt Succor, we are lost unless you hasten to our help."
If you have 30 seconds or less in your day and can spare a prayer for the gulf coast residents during the this year's hurricane season and in light of the gulf oil spill we will be great full for your time and will remember you in our prayers.