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Listen to the Voice of Creation Canticle Prayer & Reflection in St. Francis Sculpture Garden (In Person)

Dominican Associates

Date(s):
Saturday 10/01/2022
Time(s):
10:00am

 

Saturday, Oct. 1 ~ Canticle Prayer & Reflection in St. Francis Sculpture Garden | 10:00 - 11:00am 

Note: Bring a chair if you'd like. There is no cost to attend this event. (Rain date Oct. 8)

The Season of Creation is a time of grace that the Church, in ecumenical dialogue, offers to humanity to renew its relationship with the Creator and with creation, through celebration, conversion, and commitment together.

For this year, the theme for the Season of Creation is: “Listen to the voice of creation." The Dominican Associates of Grand Rapids are hosting a 1-hour event in St. Francis Sculpture Garden from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Begin your day with the running water, wind whispering in the leaves, and feet on the earthen path. Put on your sandals or sneakers, bring a chair if you like, and let's commune with nature.

Blessing of the Animals

At 11:00am on Oct. 1, St. Francis Sculpture Garden is hosting a Blessing of the Animals. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets for this annual blessing.

 

In the Bible, Moses was told to remove his sandals, for he was standing on holy ground in God’s presence. May we be moved to remove the “sandals” of our unsustainable lifestyles that disconnect us from creation and our Creator, contemplate our connection to the holy ground where we live, and listen for the voice of creation.

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids invite everybody to pray with them during this Season of Creation.

Creator of All,
From your communion of love your Word went forth to create a symphony of life that sings your praise.

By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of creatures who praise you in their being. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

You called human beings to till and keep your garden. You placed us into right relationships with each creature so that we could listen to their voices, and learn how to safeguard the conditions for life. But we turn in on ourselves and away from our co-creatures.

We close our ears to the counsel of our fellow creatures. We fail to listen to the cries of the poor and the needs of the most vulnerable. We silence the voices of those who hold the traditions that teach us to care for the Earth. We close our ears to your creative, reconciling and sustaining Word that calls to us through the Scriptures.

We lament the loss of our fellow species and their habitats that will never speak again. We grieve the loss of human cultures, along with the lives and livelihoods that have been displaced or perished. Creation cries out as forests crackle, and animals alike flee the fires of injustice that we have lit by our unwillingness to listen.

In this Season of Creation, we pray that you would call to us, as from the burning bush, with the sustaining fire of your Spirit. Breathe upon us. Open our ears and move our hearts. Turn us from our inward gaze. Teach us to contemplate your creation, and listen for the voice of each creature declaring your glory. For “faith comes from hearing.”

Give us hearts to listen for the good news of your promise to renew the face of the Earth. Enlighten us with the grace to follow the Way of Christ as we learn to walk lightly upon this holy ground. Fill us with the hope to quench the fires of injustice with the light of your healing love that sustains our common home.

In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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