Lord of the heavenly host, whose power is greater than all we conceive of on earth, let us not be surprised by the troubles of this world, for you told us in advance that such things would come. Grant us solace that you are still in control, that we would not be overly frightened but find security in you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
'"When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven."' - Luke 21:9-11