Prayers

Infinite Spirit, when I pray each day
for shelter for the homeless,
let me not ignore the pet without a home;
As I ask for protection for those in areas
of turmoil and unrest,
let me not forget endangered species of life;
When I pray that the hungry be fed,
let me be mindful
that all God’s creatures have need of sustenance;
As I ask Divine assistance for those afflicted
by fire, flood, earthquake, storm or drought,
let me remember that this includes every living thing;
In seeking miracle cures for human disease,
may I also speak for the well-being of the planet itself.
Let the words of my mouth,
the meditations of my heart
and the actions of my life be as one,
that I may live each day in harmony
With Mother Earth. Amen.
–Jennie Frost Butler, Earth Prayers

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
–Rumi

We think of Thee, worship Thee, bow to Thee as the Creator of this Universe; we seek refuge in Thee, the Truth, our only support. Thou art the Ruler, the barge in this ocean of endless births and deaths. In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful. Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations. Give us wisdom that we may know each other and not despise all things. We shall abide by thy Peace. And, we shall remember the servants of God are those who walk on this earth in humility and, when we address them, we shall say Peace Unto Us All.
–Islamic Peace Prayer

I desire neither earthly kingdom, nor even freedom from birth and death. I desire only the deliverance from grief of all those afflicted by misery. Oh Lord, lead us from the unreal to the real; from darkness to light; from death to immortality. May there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficient beings bring peace to us. May thy wisdom spread peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to all and to me. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace, Peace, Peace).
–Hindu Peace Prayer

Creator God, You who are Holy Trinity,
By your spoken Word you created all that is seen and unseen.
That Word is Jesus Christ, through whom and for whom you created this and all worlds.
We thank you for making creation astounding with complexity and variety
And for calling it very good.
We praise you for entrusting us with so great a responsibility, that of caring for creation.
We acknowledge our dependence on your world—
The air we breathe
The water we drink
The food we eat.
We confess our polluting influence we so often have on your world—
The air we breathe
The water we drink
The land we farm.
Open our eyes, O gracious Creator, to see the destruction we cause by our careless consumption.
Open our ears, O merciful God, to hear the groaning of all creation and the cries of those without voice.
Open our hearts, O compassionate Lover, to feel remorse for our unfaithful care of your creation.
And so, enable us to change our ways.
Give us a vision of faithful living on this great globe.
Empower us to make both the simple and complex changes you desire for us. Amen.
–Prayer of Confession by Presian Burroughs

 

Benediction:

Deep Peace of the running wave to you
Deep Peace of the flowing air to you
Deep Peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep Peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the shades of night to you
Moon and stars always giving Light to you.
–Celtic Peace Prayer from Antiquity

 

We give you thanks, most gracious God, for the beauty of earth and sky and sea; for the richness of mountains, plains and rivers; for the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. We praise you for these good gifts, and pray that we may safeguard them for our posterity. Grant that we may continue to grow in our grateful participation in your abundant creation, to the honor and glory of your name, now and forever. Amen. Book of Common Prayer (BCP), 1979, p. 840

 

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation. Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one and no creature may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty. Amen. BCP, 1979, p. 827

 

O merciful Creator, whose hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living Creature: make us, we beseech you, ever thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. BCP, 1979, p 208

 

O our Mother the Earth, blessed is your name.
Blessed are your fields and forests, your rocks and mountains, your grasses and trees and flowers, and every green and growing thing.
Blessed are your streams and lakes and rivers, the oceans where our life began, and all your waters that sustain our bodies and refresh our souls.
Blessed is the air we breathe, your atmosphere that surrounds us and binds us to every living thing.
Blessed are all creatures who walk along your surface or swim in your waters or fly through your air, for they are all our relatives.
Blessed are all people who share this planet, for we are all one family and the same spirit moves through us all.
Blessed is the sun, our day star, bringer of morning and the heat of summer, giver of light and life.
Blessed is the moon, our night lamp, ruler of the tides, protector of all women, and guardian of our dreams.
Blessed are the stars and planets, the time-keepers, who fill our nights with beauty and our hearts with awe.
O Great Spirit whose voice we hear in the wind and whose face we see in the morning sun, blessed is your name.
Help us to remember that you are everywhere, and teach us the way of peace. Helen Weaver (from Earth Prayers, p. 209)

  

A Blessing: Earth, air, fire and water have combined to make this food. Numberless things have died and labored that we may eat. May we be nourished that we may nourish life. Amen. Earth Prayers, p. 345

 

O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers, the animals, to whom thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us.
We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of travail.
May we realize that they live not for us alone but for themselves and for thee and that they love the sweetness of life.
St. Basil the Great (c. 330-379)

 

Master of the Universe, grant me the ability to be alone:
May it be my custom to go outdoors each day, among the trees and grasses, among all growing things, there to be alone and enter into prayer.
There may I express all that is in my heart, talking with You, to Whom I belong.
And may all grasses, trees and plants awake at my coming.
Send the power of their life into my prayer, making whole my heart and my speech through the life and spirit of growing things.
Rabbi Nachman

 

Apprehend God in all things,
for God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God
and is a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature-
even a caterpillar-
I would never have to prepare a sermon.
So full of God is every creature.
Meister Eckhart

 

Prayer of Intercession based on Colossians 1:15-20
O Christ, your cross speaks both to us and to our world.
In your dying for us you accepted the pain and hurt
Of the whole of creation.
The arms of your cross stretch out across the
Broken world in reconciliation.
You have made peace with us,
Help us to make peace with you by sharing in your
Reconciliation work.
May we recognize your spirit disturbing and
Challenging us to care for creation and for the
Poor who must feel the effects of its abuse.
O Christ, the whole of creation groans,
Set us free and make us whole.
Meister Eckhart

 

Canticle of the Sun
Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
All praise, glory, honor, and blessing are yours.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
And no man is worthy to pronounce your name.
Be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures,
Especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who brings the day, and you give light to us through him.
How handsome he is, how radiant, with great splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the Stars.
In heaven you have formed them, bright, and precious, and beautiful.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind,
And for Air, for Cloud, and Clear, and all weather,
By which you give your creatures nourishment.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water,
She is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
By whom you light up the night.
How handsome he is, how happy, how powerful and strong!
Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister, Mother Earth.
Who nourishes and governs us,
And produces various fruits with many-colored flowers and herbs.
Praise and bless the Lord,
And give thanks and serve him with great humility.
St. Francis of Assisi

Blessed are you, strong and faithful God.
All your works, the height and the depth,
echo the silent music of your praise.
In the beginning your Word summoned light;
night withdrew, and creation dawned.
As ages passed unseen,
waters gathered on the face of the earth and life appeared.
When the times had at last grown full
and the earth had ripened in abundance,
you created in your own image humankind,
the crown of all creation.
You gave us breath and speech,
that all the living might find a voice to sing your praise.
So now, with all the powers of heaven and earth,
we chant the ageless hymn to your glory . . .
Preface by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) 

 

We are not self-starters

Speaking, acting, life-giving God
the one with the only verbs that can heal and rescue,
We come petitioning one more time,
Seeking your majestic address to us,
asking your powerful action among us,
waiting for your new life toward us.
Your creation teems with bondaged folk
who have not enough for life,
not enough bread, not enough clothes,
not enough houses, not enough freedom,
not enough dignity, not enough hope.
Your creation teems with bondaged creatures,
great valleys become dumps,
great oceans become dumped pollution,
fish wrapped in dumped oil,
fields at a loss for dumped chemicals.
So we pray for creation, that has become a dump,
and for all your people
who have been dumped,
and dumped upon.
Renew your passion for life,
Work your wonders for newness,
Speak your word and let us begin again.
In your powerful presence, we resolve to do our proper work,
But we are not self-starters.
We wait on you to act, in order that we may act.
Show yourself in ways that give us courage and energy and freedom,
that we may care for our neighbors,
love your creation, praise your name.
We pray in the savaged power of Jesus,
who cared and loved and praised.

 

Lord of the springtime, Father of flower, field and fruit, smile on us in these earnest days when the work is heavy and the toil wearisome; lift up our hearts, O God, to the things worthwhile—sunshine and night, the dripping rain, the song of the birds, books and music, and the voices of our friends. Lift up our hearts to these this night and grant us Thy peace. Amen.
–W.E.B Du Bois

 

We venerate the Three Treasures:
Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,
And are thankful for this meal,
The work of many people
And the sharing of other forms of life.
–Zen Prayer

 

My friends, let us give thanks for Wonder. Let us give thanks for the Wonder of Life that infuses all things now and forever.
Blessed is the Source of Life, the Fountain of Being the wellspring of goodness, compassion and kindness from which we draw to make for justice and peace.
From the creative power of Life we derive food and harvest, from the bounty of the earth and the yields of the heavens we are sustained and are able to sustain others.
All Life is holy, sacred, worthy of respect and dignity. Let us give thanks for the power of the heart to sense the holy in the midst of the simple.
We eat not to simply satisfy our own appetites, we eat to sustain ourselves in the task we have been given.
Each of us is unique,
Coming into the world with a gift no other can offer: ourselves.
We eat to nourish the vehicle of giving; we eat to sustain our task of world repair, our quest for harmony, peace and justice.
We eat and we are revived, and we give thanks to the lives that were ended to nourish our own.
May we merit their sacrifice, and honor their sparks of holiness through our deeds of loving kindness.
We give thanks to the Power that makes for Meeting, for our table has been a place of dialogue and friendship.
We give thanks to Life. May we never lose touch with the simple joy and wonder of sharing a meal.
–Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
Almighty and ever-living God,
you have made us stewards over the created world,
so that in all things we might honor the demands of charity.
Graciously hear our prayers,
that your blessing may come upon all those
who use these objects for their needs.
Let them always see you as the good surpassing every good
and love their neighbor with upright hearts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
–From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers © 1988, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc.
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
–Collect for Thanksgiving Day from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979