Prayers of sorrow and healing

Moonrise, Whidbey Island, Washington, July 2005.

In 1990 the United Nations introduced the Environmental Sabbath Program, promoting a three-day period of rest every June for our Mother Earth. The Environmental Sabbath was the brainchild by Dr. Noel J. Brown, then-director of the North American Regional Office of the UN Environment Programme. UNEP published a selection of prayers, stories, meditations and other ideas for celebrating the Environmental Sabbath, including the prayers that follow.

A Prayer of Sorrow

We have forgotten who we are.
We have alienated ourselves from the unfolding of the cosmos.
We have become estranged from the movements of the earth.
We have turned our backs on the cycles of life.

We have forgotten who we are.
We have sought only our own security.
We have exploited simply for our own ends.
We have distorted our knowledge.
We have abused our power.

We have forgotten who we are.
Now the land is barren.
And the waters are poisoned.
And the air is polluted.

We have forgotten who we are.
Now the forests are dying.
And the creatures are disappearing.
And the humans are despairing.

We have forgotten who we are.
We ask forgiveness.
We ask for the gift of remembering.
We ask for the strength to change.

A Prayer of Healing

We join with the earth and with each other.
To celebrate the seas.
To rejoice the sunlight.
To sing the song of the stars.

We join with the earth and with each other.
To recall our destiny.
To renew our spirits.
To reinvigorate our bodies.

We join with the earth and with each other.
To create the human community.
To promote justice and peace.
To remember our children.

We join together as many and diverse expressions of one loving mystery: for the healing of the earth and the renewal of all life. We join with the earth and with each other.
To bring new life to the land.
To restore the waters.
To refresh the air.

We join with the earth and with each other.
To renew the forests.
To care for the plants.
To protect the creatures.

A Prayer of Gratitude

We rejoice in all life.
We live by the sun.
We move with the stars.

We rejoice in all life.
We eat from the earth.
We drink from the rain.
We breathe from the air.

We rejoice in all life.
We share with the creatures.
We have strength through their gifts.

We rejoice in all life.
We depend on the forests.
We have knowledge through their secrets.

We rejoice in all life.
We have the privilege of seeing and understanding.
We have the responsibility of caring.
We have the joy of celebrating.
We are full of the grace of creation.
We are graceful.
We are grateful.
We rejoice in all life.

I am grateful to my friends at the Temple of the Goddess in Arcadia, California, for making me aware of these prayers. Please spread them freely.
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2 Responses to Prayers of sorrow and healing

  1. Ona says:

    AHO! Thank you for this. The prayers are powerful! Knowing they are going around the world gave me a cellular boost.

  2. Christine says:

    Thank you for your beautiful blog. There’s something exciting in remembering we’re part of nature, that we “move with the stars.” I’m reminded of our body’s mirror to the Earth’s constitution…70% water in both of us.

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