El Faro

Tonight at 1900 I ask anyone who reads this blog to join me in a moment of silence. As many of you undoubtedly know, for the last six days, the Coast Guard has been searching for the crew of the now lost Ro/Ro El Faro, missing off the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin. Aboard that ship were 33 men and woman who all share a common bond with me and many others. The bond and the brotherhood of those who go to sea for a living, to provide so many others with the food, the fuel, and the items they need to get on with daily life. People who worked in a professional that until this week was, and likely a month from now will be, often forgotten. So tonight please do not forget, and at 1900, when the Coast Guard officially calls off the search, please remember them. They deserve it.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked’st on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

About newenglandwaterman

1600 Master Near Coastal, Master of Towing Vessels, and a whole binder full of other pieces of paper. You can find me at the controls, hooked up and hard over, when I’m not at home playing with the dog
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