Lost at sea
The captain of the 790-foot El Faro planned to bypass Hurricane Joaquin, but some kind of mechanical failure left the U.S. container ship with 33 people aboard helplessly — and tragically — adrift in the path of the powerful storm
I worked with merchant mariners for over 30 years . I do not know the names of all the crew members yet and I may not have worked with this crew personally but we all consider each other brothers and sisters of the sea. It is with a heavy heart that I remember them and their families tonight.
O Eternal Lord God, who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the raging of the seas, receive into your protection all those who go down to the sea in ships and occupy their business on the great waters. Preserve them both in body and soul, prosper their labors with good success, in all times of danger, be their defense, and bring them to the haven where they would be, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen..