A Prayer to be said in a Storm at Sea.
O my God, thou didst create the earth and the sea for thy glory and
the use of man, and dost daily show wonders in the deep: look upon the danger and
fear of thy servant. My sins have taken hold upon me, and without the supporting
arm of thy mercy I cannot look up; but my trust is in thee. Do thou, O Lord, rebuke
the sea, and make it calm, for to thee the winds and the sea obey; let not the waters
swallow me up, but let thy Spirit, the spirit of gentleness and mercy, move upon
the waters. Be thou reconciled unto thy servants, and then the face of the waters
will be smooth. I fear that my sins make me, like Jonas, the cause of the tempest.
Cast out all my sins, and throw not thy servants away from thy presence and from
the land of the living, into the depths where all things are forgotten. But if it
be thy will that we should go down into the waters, Lord, receive my soul into thy
holy hands, and preserve it in mercy and safety till the day of restitution of all
things; and be pleased to unite my death to the death of thy Son, and to accept
of it so united as a punishment for all my sins, that thou mayest forget all thine
anger, and blot my sins out of thy book, and write my soul there, for Jesus Christ’s
sake, our dearest Lord and most mighty Redeemer. Amen.