Today is the day that Louisiana Bishops have proclaimed a day of prayer and fasting for Hurricane on which starts today. Across the state there are many Catholic and ecumenical services happening . This is generally related to our Lady of Prompt Succor since she is the Patroness of Louisiana . In 2010 Alive and Young explained:
..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.
A prayer including a Novena and Litany to Our Lady of Prompt Succor is located here.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR
Patroness of State of Louisiana
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, ever Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God, you are most powerful against the enemy of our salvation. The divine promise of a Redeemer was announced right after the sin of our first parents; and you, through your Divine Son, crushed the serpent’s head. Hasten, then, to our help and deliver us from the deceits of satan. Intercede for us with Jesus that we may always accept God’s graces and be found faithful to Him in our particular states of life. As you once saved our beloved City from ravaging flames and our Country from an invading army, have pity on us and obtain for us protection from hurricanes and all other disasters. (silent pause for individual petitions). Assist us in the many trials which beset our path through life. Watch over the Church and the Pope as they uphold with total fidelity the purity of faith and morals against unremitting opposition. Be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death, that we may gain everlasting life through the merits of Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us.