Prayer To The Earth

Though ancient in origin, the Native American concept of honoring Mother Earth is still very much alive today. Newer faiths, such as the New Age Movement, incorporate these age-old beliefs into their ceremonies and meditations. The acknowledgement of the Earth’s spirit is an essential part of our relationship with her.

Throughout history, people have sought guidance and connected to the divine in many ways. Prayers vary according to culture, religion, tradition and personal belief. While some worship in holy structures or follow pre-determined rituals, others are drawn to nature’s grandeur, using prayers of praise and honor to connect with the Earth.

Prayer To The Earth is a hugely ambitious artistic project examining the eco-crisis in our modern world. The central artwork of Prayer to the Earth — a life-size sculpture of the earth itself — will be carved from a giant block of ice by two teams working around the clock in opposing time zones. Art installations, live video feeds and cutting-edge technology alongside ancient spiritual rituals reflect the strangeness and familiarity of our relationship with this frozen world.

To the Creator of all things, I come to you today, searching for light and truth. Grant me the strength to see through all that is misleading. Reveal to me a path towards that which is right so that I may walk it in accordance with your will.

Prayer To The 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.

Prayer To The Earth

Prayer for the Earth
O God, who in six days made Heaven and Earth, and gave Earth to You children for safekeeping, I make my prayer to You to guard, enlighten and inspire our minds and our bodies so that we are fit for this great task. I recognize how often my sins have contributed to the destruction of this wonderful gift that You have given us. Let me now resolve to work to keep my soul, my body, and all that surrounds it unspoiled and a garden worthy of Your majesty. Amen.

Prayer for Restoration of the Earth
Lord, You gave us a dwelling place that You saw to be good and delighted in it. You made us feel at home, and so even I, when I see Your hand’s work in the mighty waves of the ocean, the lofty heights of a mountain, or the wings of a butterfly, rejoice at the sight and recognize the work of Your hands. But sin defiles the beauty of Your creation every time we place material gain or our own comfort above our duty to keep what You have given us. Lord, show us the beauty of Your creation and inspire us to keep it as You intended. Amen.

Prayer for Devoted Work
My God, maker of all, You gave me a body and a soul so that I may praise You and love You both with my thoughts and actions. Every transgression rebels against this adoration that we ought to render to You, and pollutes both mind and body. Have mercy on us for all that we have done, and flood our minds with Your light and love so that we cannot help but make present Your redemptive work accomplished within us, and become humble instruments of Yours for the labor You have assigned to us. Amen.

Prayer for Earth Day
Lord, You made all humanity in Your image and made us all guardians of Your creation. I ask You today to send forth Your Spirit and renew Your creation in us and on the face of the Earth. We have not merited our creation or our redemption, but You, Lord, continue to shower us with blessings both natural and supernatural so that Your glory is manifested, and we can turn to You in thanksgiving and adoration. Let us therefore be grateful for all that You have given, and, recognizing our dependence on the sustenance You give us in the form of both earthly and heavenly food, let us never tire protecting what is Yours and watching for You return. Amen.

Children’s Prayer for the Earth
Jesus, I thank You for giving us all the beautiful things around us. Every time I see the blue of the sky, the brightness of the sun, the beauty of the animals, and the tastiness of the food that You have given us, I am happy that we have such a kind and generous friend in You. Please help me, my friends, and my family, to be good to You and everything that You give us, because You are good. Please help me be more like You! Amen.

Sunday Prayer for Our Rest
Lord, who instituted a weekly day of rest after Your example, make us participate more fully and more responsibly in Your creation. We read in the Book of Exodus that we have to rest on the seventh day so that our farm animals, our servants, and the strangers staying in our land may rest too. You call us not only to thank You and to repair our relationship with You every week but also command us to stop oppressing our own bodies and those under us with the duties of the rest of the week. How many times are we tempted to exhaust material resources, our time, money, and friendships to maximize gains! My God, inexpressibly holy, and far above Your creation, teach me how not to be tempted to achieve perfection without seeking Your permission first. Gaining the whole world would not be enough if I lost You. Teach me how to only require what I truly need, and to be content in leaving and giving away the rest to those that need it. Amen.

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