We bless you and thank you Gracious God for all of these gifts,
and for weaving us, the web of humanity, into this world.
But instead of caring deeply for your creation,
this earth in which we live
and this universe beyond our comprehension,
we have rebelled against it, against ourselves, against You.
We disregarded the web of life in which we live.
Instead of loving it as a mother loves her child,
we put ourselves above it as something we could own,
as something to control.
Each time you have called us back, called us to understand
that we are part of the earth and not masters of it.
You continually remind us that caring for you
means caring for your creation, and for each other.
Then, All-Holy God, you sent Jesus Christ to be among us.
Through his incarnation, you taught us that you are always with us
and with all your creation.
He showed us the way to grace and freedom,
and how to give compassion to each other and the world.
He gathered a people as your own and filled us with longing
for justice and peace for all of creation.
Keep us ever vigilant to follow his example
that we may bring about your reign—
a reign where all your creation will be one—
heralded for us
in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
Holy Eucharist in the Season after Pentecost
This beautiful prayer by Paul at Byzigenous Buddhapalian is taken from the Eucharistic Prayer of his Creation Liturgy. He has graciously given me permission to use brief quotes from the liturgy. I offer it as a meditation.
UPDATE CORRECTION: Paul says that the prayer I quoted is not his, but rather from the Rev. Steve Keplinger's Earth Mass anaphora.