Ten years ago, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were struck by one of the most devastating and costly disasters in U.S. history. The trauma of Hurricane Katrina spread across the world through shocking images of families stranded on rooftops, shattered homes, destroyed communities, and people seeking refuge in a dilapidated Superdome. The storm tore across the Southeast, claimed 1,833 lives, displaced nearly one million people, and left a wake of brokeness in its path.
A decade later, rebuilding efforts are still underway and many people have returned home. However, in the continuing aftermath of this human and environmental catastrophe, we are faced with big questions: questions of increasing natural disasters due to climate change, of racial and socioeconomic inequality, and of social and environmental justice.
Here, some resources from different religious traditions in commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. If you have a prayer, resource or link to share, please e-mail us.
Prayers, Litanies, & Hymns
“A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina,” by Rabbi Naomi Levy
“Prayer of Comfort and Support,” by Rabbi SueAnn Wasserman
“Four Prayer Poems for Natural Disasters,” by Rabbi Zoe Klein
“A Prayer for Safety After Violent Weather,” by Alden Solovy
"Litany for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina," by Education for Justice, based on Catholic Social Teaching
"Hurricane Katrina Prayer of Consolation," by the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life for the major National African American Catholic organizations and the Offices of Black Catholic Ministry
“Litany in Response to Natural Disaster” and “A Prayer for the Victims of Katrina” by Reverend William Stokes
“Prayer After Katrina,” by Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie
“In the Wake of Katrina: Lest We Forget… Call to Renewal,” by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman Davis
“Prayers for Those Facing Disasters,” from the United Methodist Church Discipleship Ministries
“A Christian Hurricane Prayer,” by Rev. James Martin, S.J.
“Prayers for Hurricanes, Natural Disasters,” a collection compiled by the Huffington Post
"God of Creation," hymn by Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
“Special Coverage: Hurricane Katrina,” from the United Methodist Church.
“10 Years After Hurricane Katrina,” from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Disaster Response.
“Hurricane Katrina and Systemic Racism,” from the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
“Through the Eye of a Hurricane: Rebuilding Just Communities,” from Creation Justice Ministries.
“ We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way." - St. Francis of Assisi