Earth Day Prayer

EARTH DAY PRAYER* 

Unknown(Adapt to your needs. Music suggestions are
listed at the end; they or others can be used
anywhere during the prayer. If possible,
provide a centerpiece featuring some of Earth’s
gifts — including something organic, local, and fair trade that can be shared after the prayer.)

Earth Day — April 22, 2015 — marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, arguably the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States. We celebrate Earth Day during the season of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the time of liturgical celebrations in several religions that mark new life and exodus from bondage to freedom.

Those interested in Earth Day are aware of the many threats to our interconnected Earth. It is an appropriate time to pause for reflection and prayer.

Pause for a few moments’ quiet reflection on the wonder, earth_from_space_5_1920x1080variety, individuality and “interbeing” of Earth’s existence in our solar system and universe.

Let us join in thanking the Source of Life for the gift of Earth. Take turns reading the following litany.
Response:  
God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for revealing creative love from the first flaring forth, when Earth’s story begins, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for Earth’s continuing evolution from stardust through its 5 billion year story so far, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for Earth’s ability to create, to heal, to diversify, to adapt, to be intrinsically interconnected, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks. 

Unknown-1–  for the colorful and nurturing gifts that developed in our era: flowers and trees, fish and mammals, human beings who collaborated and bonded to further their species, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for the gifts of water, soil, air, climate, flora and fauna, and the bioregions that developed over millennia, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for the challenges that Earth has encountered during her long story, and for the creative ways she developed to heal them, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  for the Spirit that inspired Senator Gaylord Nelson to establish Earth Day: one person’s commitment now motivates people to action in nearly 200 countries, God of Love and Abiding Faithfulness, we give thanks.

–  Add as you wish.

Let us deepen our commitment to care for Earth. Take turns reading the following litany.
Response:   Help us give life to the world.

Water-Drought – Because stockpiles of nuclear weapons threaten all life whether or not they are ever used, help us give life to the world.

– Because climate change already causes massive damage to all life on Earth, help us give life to the world.

– Because multiple causes are resulting in a Sixth Major Extinction of life on Earth, help us give life to the world.

–  Because mono-crops and farming with harmful chemicals result in inferior food and spoiled soil and water, help us give life to the world.

greenpeace31–  Because pollution, especially from plastics, is trashing so much of our planet including our oceans, help us give life to the world.

–  Because human greed exploits humans and other species and resources, help us give life to the world.

–  Because so many suffer from problems caused by, or causing, environmental damage, help us give life to the world.

Pause for a few moments’ quiet reflection. Share if you wish: What can we do, alone and/or with others, to enhance Earth’s future?

Closing prayer: Loving Source of Life, we, being of Earth and blessed with the Spirit living and acting within us, join together this Earth Day to renew our awe and appreciation of our precious planet. May our awe and appreciation result in actions that witness to our concerns for Earth. We ask that your presence within us will empower us to co-create a thriving planet now and into the future.
Amen.

Socialize.

Some music suggestions:
Let All Things Now Living
What a Wonderful World
Touch the Earth with Gentleness (Kathy Sherman)
How Great Thou Art

* For a two-sided pdf containing everything except the suggested music,  please contact terrishcj@aol.org.

6 thoughts on “Earth Day Prayer

  1. Thanks to your reminder, Arline, I have made the images smaller and, except for suggested music, everything fits on two sides. I have sent that to you as an attachment. Thanks for you!

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  2. Terri,
    I am a “fan” of your fine work and have been since I came across your curriculum guides. Thank you for spreading the good news of the “New Story”, as Thomas Berry would say. I belong to our provincial C.A.R.E. committee and to a cosmology group that meets every two weeks at 8:30am on Thursday. We are presently reading/discussing Elizabeth Johnson’s book, “Ask the Beasts”. We’d love to have you join us sometime! I am now requesting the two-sided pdf of this prayer service to share with others.
    Peace!
    Fran Cunningham, OSF (I am a School Sister of St. Francis and know Carol Smith)

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  3. Thanks so very much for the inspiring Earth Day prayer. Our Community’s Sustainability Committee shared this prayer with our Community and Associates–about 100 + people. We appreciate your expertise and generosity in doing this.
    Gratefully, Sr. Marietta—Srs. of St. Francis of the Holy Cross—Green Bay, WI

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    • Marietta, I am truly grateful for your note letting me know of your use of the prayer! Delighted to know it was used by you all! It’s a tribute to your committee, too, for sharing it. (Green Bay has happy memories for me, as I spent very happy summers in Bayfield. By then I had learned where store milk comes from . . . .)

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