Advent Week II: Birth of the Solar System

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

 

 

 

Our Garden Blessing

Processing out singing "Canticle of the Sun" and the Garden Blessing: S. Katherine tossing earth, S. Suzanne reading the prayer

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

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.

Ancient earth,

our mystical mother,

teach us, your children,

that all things die

to nourish life.

Gentle earth,

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.

Amen

From Prayers for the Domestic Church by Ed Hays

Brenda Lisenby

Brenda Lisenby

 

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