A Prayer for the People of Puerto Rico

 

 

My Dear God. My Precious Creator. It is with a broken heart that I render prayers for my beautiful land of Borinquén. Isla de mis padres. Puerto Rico of my heart.

The Land of my ancestors has been destroyed by the winds of wrath and the drenching rains of despair.

María has descended upon them with a fury that devastated the land we know as home. For once we sat down by the rivers in the Land of the Boricua and sang "Preciosa Preciosa Te llaman los hijos y hijas de Borinquén."

 

But today, we pray in the great words our poet and psalmist Rafael Hernandez (translated to English):

 

The mourning is heard everywhere

Through my wretched Borinquen, yes.

 

And sad, the peasant goes

Thinking, saying,

Crying like this -along the way:

"What will become of Borinquen, my dear God,

What will become of my children and my home?"

 

Borinquen, the Land of Eden

Which when the great Gautier sung 

He called "The pearl of the Seas"

Now that you are dying from your sorrows

Let me sing to you too

Borinquen, my love"*

 

Create in her a new land oh God and renew and right spirit in her. May her mountains once again flourish with the green pastures of your grace and may the valleys be filled with the promises of your love. Heal and restore my land of Puerto Rico and let my Boricuas rise with the love and pride that you have instilled in us.

 

For when the Lord brought back the captive ones of Borinquén, we were like those who sang:

"The Lord had done great things for us and we are glad... yes we are glad... For the Lord will do great things for us."

 

"Cuando el Señor trajo a los cautivos de Borinquén, éramos como aquellos

que cantaron que el Señor hizo grandes cosas por nosotros... Y nos alegra que sí, estamos contentos."  Amen.

 

 

*Rafael Hernández Marín, Lamento Borincano, 1929. Sony Publicación

"Se oye este lamento por doquier, 

en mi desdichada Borinquén sí.

Y triste, el jibarito va, pensando así,

diciendo así, llorando así por el camino,

Qué será de Borinquén mi Dios querido

Qué será de mis hijos y de mi hogar?

Oh, Borinquén la tierra del Edén

La que al cantar el gran Gautier

Llamó la perla de los mares

Ahora que tú te mueres con tus pesares

Déjame que te cante yo también

Borinquén de mi amor"

 

-PASTOR STANLEY RAMOS,
FOUNDING MINISTER OF ALABANZA MCC
East Orlando Florida, USA