Last week, Sister Mary Frances explained how the Sisters are using the time of Advent to explore the grandness of the universe in a personal way. In particular, they are focusing on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si on caring for our environment.
Laudato Si is the source of the words in their prayer for the second week of Advent. The theme is Birth of the Solar System, which reminds us of the beauty of our earthly home. They are praying,
Cosmic Advent Wreath, Girard House
COME Wondrous Community of Infinite Love
Today as we light the candle of the Birth of the Solar System, we pray, “Triune God, 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 connected to everything that is.”
COME, waken us to PRAISE
Processing out singing “Canticle of the Sun” and the Garden Blessing: S. Katherine tossing earth, S. Suzanne reading the praye
Blessing Prayer for a Garden
Lord of Creation,
who planted Your own garden called Eden,
come and bless this soil which is to be our garden.
All that dies becomes earth,
and so it lives again.
May this garden soil
be both womb and tomb,
a home for death and life,
so that seeds of living things—
S. Mary Margaret sprinkling the holy water around our flower gardens
of plants, of food and flowers—
may die and resurrect
here in our garden.
our mystical mother,
teach us, your children,
that all things die
to nourish life.
be blessed with our love
as we work in you.
Make us mindful that one day
you will be our final bed
of love and ecstasy.
From Prayers for the Domestic Church by Ed Hays
We used this text for the Garden Blessing we had earlier this week–related to “rogation days” –but also in preparation for the upcoming Eagle Scouts who will be providing some new landscaping around the monastery. —Brenda Lisenby