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Vigil for the Earth

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The Autumnal Equinox is 4:02 p.m. on September 22nd and you are invited to pray for the earth and all of us.  We aren't really having a equal day for light and dark because of our atmosphere, but the sun will go in a straight line from east to west. Here are some readings and prayers for celebrating the day and the earth.

In the Forest

On the soft carpet of the forest
to go on velvet footsteps
to sit at your feet
in the dappled sunlight, in silence
Far from the sounds of humans
To listen to the rustling of your leaves…
And to caress alternatively
With my hand and my look…
In a soft voice I call you
Using your magical names:
White-oak,. Forest-aspen.
Maple. Hornbeam.
Black-alder. Willow. White Birch.
My thousand mute friends.
Anjela Duval (16) From the Celtic Reader


As the light of dawn awakens earth’s creatures
and stirs into song the birds of the morning
so may I be brought to life this day. 
Rising to see the light
to hear the wind
to smell the fragrance of what grows from the ground
to taste its fruit
and touch its textures
so may my inner sense be awakened to you
so may may senses be awakened to you, O God. - John Philip Newell Celtic Benediction

TED TALK - There is a Ted Talk called "A dance to honor Mother Earth" by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, you may enjoy watching. 

For the month of September you can convenient to buy local or organic food. 

You can write a letter to your local or state government about the need for sustainable ecological practices.  

Here Are Pope Francis' Two Prayers on Climate Change
Ryan Teague Beckwith
Jun 18, 2015
Pope Francis released an encyclical Thursday which calls for action to curb climate change, which he says is caused by human activities.
In the papal letter, named Laudato Si’ or “Praise Be to You,” the pope includes two prayers on the issue—one for believers of all kinds and one specifically for Christians.
Here are the text of those prayers:
At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in the other we Christians ask for inspiration to take up the commitment to creation set before us by the Gospel of Jesus.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love. Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love and accompany creation as it groans in travail. You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

From Abbey of the Arts

"The autumn equinox is a time when the sun rests above the equator, and day and night are divided equally. It heralds a season filled with change, celebrates the harvest, and ushers in the brilliant beauty of death. Autumn is a season of transition, of continual movement."  --- Christine Valters Paintner, PhD  A Community Online Retreat ~ Sacred Seasons: A Yearlong Journey through the Celtic Wheel of the Year

In this season of change, what changes are you being called to make? Where are the thresholds you are being called to move towards?


Earlier Event: September 16
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Later Event: December 4
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