6.12.2009

Prayers for Catholics Who Love Nature, Gardening & Rural Life!




Dear Friends In Christ,



Here are a few more prayers that I found on ConservationCatholic on the web for those of you like-minded/soul folks who, like me, believe that God's natural creation is a blessing given to us and who also believe in being 'stewards' who care for God's beautiful natural creation for us! Please know that the source that I found these beautiful Catholic prayers is ConservationCatholic.org.


Prayer on Contemplating Nature

You, O God, Majestic Creator, are the origin of all life.
Nothing can exclude itself from your creative influence.
You are wonderful in your words and in your sovereignty.
Amazed, I contemplate the perfection of the world
you created for human beings.
You are unmatched in your power and in your goodness.
O Lord, you direct like a conductor the orchestration of a storm,
and you shape like a sculptor the petals of a flower.
You are prodigious in your majesty and in your wisdom.
Lord, you have fashioned human beings to accept

the challenges of nature and to be your voice in creation.
O Lord and King, Majestic Creator,

you have made your mystery transparent,
in the world you have created.
I worship you in your creation and in your providence.
Amen.


.From Prayers of Blessing and Praise for All Occasions, 1987, Hugo Schlesinger & Humberto Porto.



Blessings of Fields and Gardens

Let us together praise the Lord,
from whom we have rain from the heavens
and abundance from the earth.
Blessed be God now and for ever.

Let us bless God,

whose might has created the earth
and whose providence has enriched it.
God has given us the earth to cultivate,
so that we may gather its fruits to sustain life.
As we thank God for this bounty,
let us learn also, as the Gospel teaches,
to seek first God's way of holiness:
then all we need will be given us besides.
O God,
from the very beginning of time
you commanded the earth to bring forth vegetation
and every fruit of every kind.
You provide the sower with seed and give bread to eat.
Grant, we pray, that this land,
enriched by your bounty and cultivated by human hands,
may be fertile with abundant crops.
Then your people, enriched by the gifts of your goodness,
will praise you unceasingly now and for all ages unending.

From Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers. Contains excerpts from the English translation of Book of Blessings, 1988, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc.

The Lord has bestowed the fruits of the earth
for the benefit of all the world's people.
May we share with all in need
and so be good stewards of God's earth and its abundance.
We remember the words Mary speaks
in the Gospel story of the visitation:
"The hungry He has filled with good things."


Praise in Creation
by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things --
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced -- fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

To Christ, King of the Universe
O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge You King of the Universe.
All that has been created has been made for You.
Exercise upon me all Your rights.
I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan and all his works.
I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Your Church.
Divine Heart of Jesus,
I offer You my poor actions
in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge
Your sacred royalty
and that thus the reign of Your peace
may be established throughout the universe.
Amen.

Blessings on your gardens, rural acreages and/or farmlands!

~ bella


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2 comments:

Brian said...

The images on your blog are lovely. I also post images, but my talent is not of a very high standard - but I try.

Thanks for the prayers..

God bless!

Annie said...

I think this is one of the most wonderful blogs I've ever seen. I'm in charge of a today's topic at a women and faith group here at work. My focus is on the wonders of creation, and I found your blog in looking for a blessing to read. Thank you so much for the glorious blog.