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PRAYERS FOR OUR SACRED EARTH
Click a button below to read prayers, poems, mantras and meditations from our different faiths to guide you on June 12.
Metta Prayer for World Well-Being
May all places be held sacred. May all beings be cherished. May all ensnared in greed come to know the true source of happiness. May all captured by hatred be freed to the love that is their birth right. May all lost in delusion find relief in the path of wisdom. May all bound by fear be released to the safety of understanding. May all weighed down by grief be given over to the joy of being. May all injustices of enslavement, oppression and devaluation be righted, remedied and healed. May all wounds to forests, rivers, deserts, mountains and oceans, may all wounds to this precious Earth be lovingly restored to bountiful health. May all beings everywhere delight in whale-song, birdsong and blue sky. May all beings abide in peace and well-being, awaken and be free.
Come to This Dusty World
Prayer from Mahayana Tradition
Supreme One, you are an obscure mystery to us. You made all things and can purify all things. You are far beyond our understanding. Even to speak to you is to enter an unknown region. Yet your light shines on all creatures, and your wonder illumines their souls. We beg you to leave your bright celestial palace in heaven, and come to this dusty world. Reveal yourself to us. Use your power to extinguish all evil and banish all sickness. Give peace to troubled soul. Reconcile those who are enemies, turning them into friends. Show us how we should live, that we may learn to obey you in all things.
Time is Short
Joy comes when we see a yak Dancing in the meadows. Power comes when we see a mountain, Full of heritage, Displaying all its wonder. In this world, where uncertainty seems to dominate space, Let us at least say certainly that we don't know what certainty is. Be heavy and walk light. Smile and have a heavy heart. Be open and always know that time is short.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Be aware of the contact between your feet and the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. We have caused a lot of damage to the Earth. Now it is time for us to take good care of her. We bring our peace and calm to the surface of the Earth and share the lesson of love. We walk in that spirit.
A prayer for leaders and politicians
From The Sanctuary Centre
Leader: God, we pray for you to raise up a generation of leaders with the courage to take responsibility for our changing climate, and the part we have played in it. We intercede for our politicians and leaders – cause them to act in the best interests of all nations today, and all peoples’ in the future, in order to avoid catastrophic changes.
We ask for a generation of leaders who will be willing to act justly so that those who have contributed so little to the problems we are facing, and have fewer resources with which to face it, are not left to shoulder our burden.
We ask for you to fill the hearts of all who lead rich nations – give them your mercy and compassion on poor countries already suffering the effects of a changing climate. Just as they have been moved to cancel debt in the past, encourage them also to release funds so that poor communities can adapt to the effects of climate change, and develop cleanly.
All: God, in your mercy, lead our leaders to truth, and transformation
St. Basil the Great
O God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things, our brothers, the animals, to whom thou gave 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.
A Prayer of Awareness
Hildegard of Bingen
God is the foundation for everything This God undertakes, God gives. Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking. Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God. This body is supported in every way through the earth. Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.
Litany of Commitment
Jay C. Rochelle
Leader: As we seek to relax our grip so that the earth, our fragile sister, might rest from our labors, help us to see our world more vividly than we have done in the past.
People: Grant us vision for the challenges of this age and give us hearts full of courage for the future.
Leader: As we seek to be wise stewards of the gifts of the earth in timber and oil, coal, and gas, help us to know your world more humanely than we have in the past.
People: Make us learn that wisdom which we see among those wise and humble people of the earth, that we might walk with care and reverence so as to caress our fair sister.
Leader: Sharing God, draw us to contemplation and silence so that we might see, in wonder, our lives intertwined with the squirrels and the cardinal, the creatures great and small, the beauty of each season. Help us to see the birth, growth, death, and rebirth so as to give us courage in the ongoing creation of our Creator.
People: Deepen our faith and enliven our thinking, nourish our bodies and strengthen our souls, that we may be your message in the world, your servants for the common wellness of the earth. Make us weavers of a new order, crafters of a new earth.
Leader: Grant us grace through the Christ of the Cosmos. Call us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, in the love with earth, and with our brothers, and sisters. Give us a measure of the Spirit that these commitments we make before you might make our work holy. Let us go forth from this sacred ark with steady hand up lifted heart, with clear eye and alert mind, with firm step, and willing hands. May we arrive at fresh springs of renewal through God's holy Word, in our communities of faith, and in deep solidarity with all creation.
People: Amen. Let all the creation hear and bear witness. Amen.
Carlos J. Correa Bernier
Gracious God, your amazing love extends through time and space, to all parts of your creation, which you created and called good. Your covenant with the human family is remembered in every rainbow in the sky, symbolizing your promise of love and blessing to every living creature, and to all successive generations. In Jesus, you invite us to enter into a new covenant, in communion with all who seek to be faithful to you and to do justice. As people of faith, we are called into covenant. Your covenant of faithfulness and love extends to the whole creation. Today we pray for the healing of our planet that present and future generations may enjoy the fruits of creation, and continue to glorify and praise you.
There is a Light
From Chandogya Upanishad
There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, Beyond all of us, beyond the heavens, Beyond the highest, the very highest heavens This is the light that shines in our hearts.
Prayer for the Unity of All Life
May the winds, the oceans, the herbs, and night and days, the mother earth, The father heaven, all vegetation, the sun, be all sweet to us
Let us follow the path of goodness for all times, Like the sun and the moon moving eternally in the sky Let us be charitable to one another Let us not kill or be violent with one another Let us know and appreciate the points of view of others And let us unite
May the God who is friendly, benevolent, all-encompassing, measurer of everything, the sovereign, the lord of speech, may He shower His blessings on us
Hindu Prayer for Peace
From UN Day of Prayer for World Peace http://www.worldhealingprayers.com/5.html
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real, Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God Almighty, 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 beneficent beings bring peace to us. May the Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me also.
From The Upanishads: The Prashna Upanishad Introduction
Introduced and Translated by Eknath Easwaran
May we hear only what is good for all May we see only what is good for all May we serve, Lord of Love, all our life May we be used to spread your peace on earth OM shanti shanti shanti
Service from August 1992, “Coming to See”
All people of the earth, each and every nation Arise and rejoice at the continued creation Of beauty, of springtime, the yearly rebirth Of our protector, our home, our own Mother Earth!
Who despite our apparent lack of care Creates bountiful splendor for all to share From mountain tops to the deepest sea All wonderful earthly miracles bursting free!
Yet this miracle of renewal requires the helping hand Of the people to replenish and renew the land From the largest of cities to the most remote farms To unite in spirit and with the strongest arms.
Become a midwife to the birth of each flower A guardian of our resources hour by hour We must learn to take time to appreciate The miracles of which we did not create.
For God has given this wonderful treasure And its preservation will be the measure Of people who recognize and will celebrate The birth of each season before it's too late.
In citizenship, in willingness to toil We must bend our backs and tend to the soil In stewardship, arise and applaud the worth Of the wondrous marvel of our Living Earth! Consider creation. . . . Consider it now.
A Litany for God’s Guidance
Service from August 1992, “Coming to See” http://greenfaith.org/files/prayers-interfaith.pdf
Leader: O sing to God a new creation song.
People: For God has done marvelous things.
Leader: We are born citizens of God's world.
People: For God has done marvelous things.
Leader: Let us see the earth as children of the earth.
People: Give us a clear vision, O God.
Leader: May our sights be greater than house to house.
People: Give us clear vision, O God.
Leader: Grant us the knowledge to make tough choices for our world.
People: God, year with us from the foundations of the earth.
Leader: Cause us to share life from generation to generation.
People: God, you are with us from the foundations of the earth.
Leader: Challenge our stewardship to renew the heights with living things.
People: God's hands are upon all creatures who live upon the earth.
Leader: Many and great are your things, O God, maker of earth and sky.
People: God's hands are upon all creatures who live upon the earth. Amen
A Call to Prayer
We who have lost sense and our senses--our touch, our smell, our vision of who we are: we who frantically force and press all things, without rest for body or spirit, hurting our earth and injuring ourselves: we call a halt. We want to rest. We need to rest and allow the earth to rest. We need to reflect and to rediscover the mystery that lives in us, that is the ground of every unique expression of life, the source of the fascination that calls all things to communion.
We declare a Sabbath, a space of Quiet; for simply being and letting be; for recovering the great, forgotten truths; for learning how to live again.
From Holy Qur’an 24:35
Allah is the light Of the heavens and the earth The smile of Allah’s light Is like a niche in which is a lamp, The lamp in a globe of glass, The globe of glass as if it were a shining star, Lit from a blessed olive tree Neither of the East nor of the West, Its light nearly luminous Even if fire did not touch it Light upon light!
From Holy Qur'an 3:190-91
Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding, men who celebrate the praises of Allah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the wonders of creation in the heavens and the earth, with the thought: "Our Lord, not for naught hast Thou created all this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.
Through the Silence of Nature
Hazrat Inayat Khan
Through the silence of nature, I attain Thy divine peace. O sublime nature, in thy stillness let my heart rest. Thou art patiently awaiting the moment to manifest through the silence of sublime nature. O nature sublime, speak to me through silence, for I am awaiting in silence like you the call of God. O nature sublime, through thy silence I hear Thy cry. My heart is tuned to the quietness that the stillness of nature inspires.
Sufi Prayer for Peace
Send Thy peace, O Lord, which is perfect and everlasting, That our souls may radiate peace. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may think, act, And speak harmoniously. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may be contented And thankful for Thy bountiful gifts. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that amidst our worldly strife We may enjoy thy bliss. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that we may endure all, Tolerate all in the thought of thy grace and mercy. Send Thy peace, O Lord, that our lives may become a Divine vision, and in Thy light all darkness may vanish. Send Thy peace, O Lord, our Father and Mother, that we Thy children on earth may all unite in one family.
Let There Be Light
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb
Leader: O Source of Light, by Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:10) "And God made the two great lights...and God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the Earth...and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:16-18) Creator God, may we have the wisdom to appreciate the goodness in Your creation.
All: O Source of Light, by Your light we see light.
Leader: "Give thanks...to the maker of the great lights, whose loving kindness extends eternally." (Psalm 136:1,7) Gracious God, may we experience Your ever-renewing bounty with awe and gratitude, and may we use it wisely.
All: O Source of Light, by Your light we see light.
Leader: "With a rising-place at one end of heaven, and a circuit that reaches the other, nothing escapes sun's heat." (Psalm 19:7) Holy God, may this simple act of harnessing Your eternal light help us escape the global heating that our generation is causing over Your creation.
All: O Source of Light, by Your light we see light.
Leader: "Arise, shine, for Your light has dawned -- the presence of the Eternal will shine upon you." (Isaiah 60:1) Loving God, Your gift of light enables us to shine. May we, created in Your image, be worthy reflectors of Your glory.
First Berakhah before K’riat Sh’Ma
Rabbi Jules Harlow
From A Prayerbook for Shabbat, Festivals, and Weekdays http://greenfaith.org/files/prayers-jewish.pdf
Leader: Light and Darkness, night and day.
All: We marvel at the mystery of the stars.
Leader: Moon and sky, sand and sea.
All: We marvel at the mystery of the sun.
Leader: Twilight, high noon, dusk and dawn.
All: Though we are mortal, we are Creation’s crown.
Leader: Flesh and bone, steel and stone.
All: We dwell in fragile, temporary shelters.
Leader: Grant steadfast love, compassion, grace.
All: Sustain us, Lord; our origin is dust.
Leader: Splendor, mercy, majesty, love endure.
All: We are but little lower than the angels.
Leader: Resplendent skies, sunset, sunrise.
All: The grandeur of Creation lifts our lives.
Leader: Evening darkness, morning dawn.
All: Renew our lives as You renew all time.
All Things Pray
It is not we alone who pray; all things pray. All things pour forth their souls. The heavens pray, the earth prays, every creature and every living thing prays. In all life, there is longing. Creation itself is but a longing, a prayer to the Almighty. What are the clouds, the rising and the setting of the sun, the soft radiance of the moon, and the gentleness of the night? What are the flashes of the human mind and the storms of the human heart? They are all prayers — the outpouring of boundless longing for God.
We Pray for All
From Liberal Jewish Prayer Book http://www.worldhealingprayers.com/7.html
We pray for all who come here this evening. Although differences in thought and belief divide us, let the desire to serve you, the love of truth and the pursuit of holiness unite us. Strengthen the spirit of friendship among people of various faiths and increase mutual understanding between us. We look to a time when greater knowledge of you and your word shall bind all who serve you into one holy fellowship.
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