Peace with Planet Earth

Peace with Planet Earth

A prayer for September 21, 2014

International Day of Peace

Maryann Callabrese, CND, Arlene Flaherty, OP


Call to Consciousness:

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st day of September. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.   Given the extent of global violence we have all witnessed over the course of the past few months, we know the need to pray for peace and the urgency for peace to take root among peoples and nations.
This year, the International Day of Peace coincides with the People’s Climate March. On September 21, men, women, and children from all over the planet will come to NYC to call for Peace with the Planet. Global Warming caused by our species’ excessive use of carbon, ravenous appetite for irreplaceable natural resources, and disregard for Earth’s integrity is threatening the life of our planet and the community of life she sustains.  Earth’s global human family is gathering to raise prayers, awareness, and concerns for Earth so that Earth’s voice will resound at the UN Climate Summit of world leaders on September 23rd.  And so in solidarity with all, we pray for Peace with the Planet on this International Day of Peace.  We pray that global leaders will respond to Earth and her community of life by building a global consensus for an international climate treaty in order to restore peace to Earth.
As we begin our prayer, mindful that September 21st is a day when the world is gathering to pray and act for peace, let us take a moment to be aware of our solidarity with the global human family and all members of the community of Earth who yearn for peace.
Let us allow these words of Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe, hallow our hearts.  “Teach your children that the Earth is our mother; whatever befalls the Earth befall the children of the Earth.”
Let us take a moment of silence





Reflection and conversation:

  • What did you hear?
  • How do you feel?
  • What will you do?

Prayer:  Beatitudes for Earth by Richard S. Gilbert

L:    Blessed are the heavens, for they declare the power of creation.
All:    Blessed is the earth, our beloved home,
for she is a planet of plenitude.
L:    Blessed are the waters, for they gave rise to living things.
All:    Blessed is the land,
for it is the source of life abundant.
L:    Blessed is the air we breathe, for it fires us to life and love.
All:    Blessed are the beasts of the field,
for they are glorious to behold.
Blessed are the birds of the air,
for they carve a graceful arc in the sky.
L:    Blessed are the fields of grain, the orchards of fruit,
All:    for they give sustenance, asking nothing in return.
L:    Blessed are those who dwell on Earth, for they cherish the privilege of living upon it.
All:    Blessed are they that mourn,
for they will be comforted.
L:    Blessed are they that rejoice, for their joy is a blessing to all life.
All:    Blessed are they who protect the Earth and all her creatures,
for their reward shall be harmony with the web of existence.
Rejoice, and be glad,
for the earth and her people are one.



Prayers of Intercession:


L:    For the sake of those facing rising temperatures, drought and water shortages,
All:    Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world
L:    For the sake of those facing unpredictable weather, disrupted seasons, and failed crops,
All:    Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world.
L:    For the sake of those facing flooding, land loss, and salination of vital water supplies
All:    Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world
L:    For the sake of all those who fear the changing climate,
All:    Creator God, in your mercy, renew this damaged world
L:    For the sake of the poor, the vulnerable, and the refugee
All:    Creator God, in your mercy renew this damaged world
L:    For the sake of us all,
All:    Creator God, in your mercy recreate our hearts that we might partner with you to renew this damaged world,
L:     We ask you, Creator God to inspire our world leaders to take concrete action on behalf of the sustainability of Planet Earth and her community of life
All:    Give them the courage and resolve to secure a future for our planet and all species that call Earth “HOME.”
L:    Let us offer one another a sign of peace


“Mystery” from Missa Gaia by Paul Winter


Canticle of the Sun – St. Francis


Most High, all powerful, good God,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.


To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no person is worthy to mention Your name.


Be praised, my God, through all your creatures,
especially through Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.


Praise be You, my God, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.


Praised be You, my God, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.


Praised be You, my God, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.


Praised be You, my God, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.


Praised be You, my God, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.


Praised be You, my God,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.


Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.


Praised be You, my God,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.


Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy willl,
for the second death shall do them no harm.


Praise and bless my God,
and give God thanks
and serve God with great humility.