This Prayer Ministry’s mission is to provide each Firefighter, Paramedics, EMTs, and Law Enforcement Officers of Lancaster, South Carolina with daily prayer support from an individual or family from the community they serve. If you choose to join this ministry you will be given the name of either a Firefighter, Paramedic, EMT, or Law Enforcement Officer. We ask that you commit to pray for their safety. As these individuals place their lives on the line for the betterment of our community, members of the S.O.S. prayer ministry commit to asking for protection from Our Lord, His Blessed Mother, St. Michael the Archangel (patron of all Paramedics, EMTs, and Law Enforcement Officers) and St. Florian (patron of Firefighters).
Our goal is not to proselytize, but to offer powerful prayer support for their duties.
Each member of this ministry will commit to:
- Daily prayer for your assigned officer.
- Send occasional notes of support and gratitude.
- Participate in various outreach events.
- Support S.O.S. Ministry with your financial donations as you can.
To join this ministry please fill out the form or contact Christine Corbly for more information.
I want to help but not sure I can commit to daily prayer. That is OK sign up as a Friend of the Shield and be a part of our outreach activities. Just choose it as an option on the form above.
Say one Divine Mercy Chaplet for your assigned officer and the Officer Prayer. Focus on the following intentions.
- Physical Safety
- Officer’s Family
- Spiritual Safety
- You will not attempt to personally contact your officer
- All correspondences will go through the OLOG Church office
- If you are unable to fulfill your prayer commitment, let S.O.S Ministry know so that we can reassign your officer
All donations will go to support the various outreach activities for each department.
- Jan 9 – National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.)
- May 5 – International Firefighters’ Day
- May 15 – Peace Officers Memorial Day
- October Fire Prevention Month
- October 28 – First Responders’ Day
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be Catholic to Join?
I don’t know how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet?
That’s OK when you sign up you will receive complete instructions along with your officer’s name. Or click here to learn more.
Can I have personal contact with my Officer?
No – in order to protect the officer’s privacy and safety we ask that you attempt to have no personal contact with the individual officer except through events of the program.
Can I send gifts or money with my card?
No – you can include prayers and scripture in your note but no gifts, money or tracks.
What does the name SHIELD OF THE SAINTS mean?
Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron of all Paramedics, EMTs, Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters As their patron, St. Michael knows what it means to face the threat of evil and imminent danger and intercedes on their behalf. Learn more about Saint Michael the Archangel here.
Saint Florian is the patron of all Firefighters. He was a Roman soldier who legend says put out a massive fire with only one bucket of water, saving a village from ruin. Because he was killed by drowning, Saint Florian is also often sought out as the protector against the dangers of water including drowning and flooding. Since many firefighters are also trained in fast water rescue his intercession is particularly vital. Learn more about Saint Florian here.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others.
Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work.
When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May Our Lord Jesus Christ bless my officer and have mercy on him/her. May the Blessed Virgin Mary grant this officer the grace to always practice virtue in every situation. May St. Michael the Archangel, the patron of all Paramedics, EMTs, and Law Enforcement Officers and St. Florian, the patron of all Firefighters, guide my officer, protect my officer and enlighten my officer as he/she risks his/her life on a daily basis so that I, my loved ones and my community may be safe.