Mother’s Day

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Song of the Angels, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1881

Prayer to the Mother of the Lord
for All Mothers

Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers,
we turn to you.
We thank the Lord whom you serve
for the great gift of motherhood.
Never has it been known that anyone
who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace.
Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes”
to the invitation of the angel
which brought heaven to earth and changed human history.
You opened yourself to God’s word
and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace
of surrendered love so that they could join with you
in giving their own “Fiat.”
May they find daily strength to say yes
to the call to the sacrificial love
– the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration
for all of us called to follow your Son.

On this Mothers day,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
pray for us who have recourse to you…

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Earth Day

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Allegory of Divine Wisdom, by Andrea Sacchi, 1629-1633

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Genesis 1:1


The Canticle of Creation
By Saint Francis of Assisi

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord God,
to you belong praise, glory, honour and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation
and especially for our Brother Sun,
who brings us the day and the light;
he is strong and shines magnificently.
O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars
which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord,
for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather
by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water,
who is very useful to us, and humble and precious and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you give us light in the darkness:
he is bright and lively and strong.
Be praised, my Lord,
For Sister Earth, our Mother,
who nourishes us and sustains us,
bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds
and flowers of many colours.
Be praised, my Lord,
for those who forgive for love of you;
and for those who bear sickness and weakness
in peace and patience – you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Death,
whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord,
and I give thanks to you,
and I will serve you in all humility.