After spending the weekend in New Orleans and watching the historic Saints NFC Championship victory against the Vikings on Sunday, local real estate exec Bill Bacqué penned the following prayer yesterday.
Oh Great, Merciful and All Powerful God:
We ask that you bless and lead to victory our beloved New Orleans Saints.
For over forty years, LORD, much like Your Chosen People, we, the faithful followers of the black and gold, have wandered in a desert fraught with defeat and loss. Yet we have remained faithful, FATHER.
So, we, the people of the WHO DAT nation, pray today, LORD, for deliverance to the Promise Land. After vanquishing two opponents, we have been tested and found to be worthy and deserving of the title of NFC Champions! And now LORD, we lack but one win. But we face a dreaded foe: the evil hoof-footed heathens of Indianapolis led by their renown warrior, Peyton, the Manning. With much shame we confess, LORD, he is the spawn of one of our own — a veritable Judas.
So on this Lord’s Day next, we beseech Your benevolence, FATHER. Send down Your blessings on our hero, Drew “Breesus” Brees. Anoint him with an arm gilded with zip and accuracy. Embolden your faithful St. Reggie Bush with legs that only run North and sanctify your servant, Darren Sharper, with hands that will snatch the traitor Manning’s bombs from the air.
For on that first Sunday in February, LORD, if you allow us this Super Bowl victory, all of the Saints and their faithful followers will chant WHO DAT praises to You forever more. There will be great joy abounding in the WHO DAT capital — the Big Easy, and You, LORD, shall win a great victory over the evil one for on that day of the Lord, as the Saints are glorying in their Super Bowl victory, surely hell will freeze over!
And, it looks like prayers for the team date back more than four decades. The Times-Picayune has posted a copy of Archbishop Philip M. Hannan's prayer for the New Orleans Saints, written for the inaugural season of the team and delivered by Hannan at the first Saints and Sinners banquet in 1968.