For Ash Wednesday: Let Us Join With Creation

CedarA litany of repentance from the Salal + Cedar community, seeking transformative encounters with the species and geography of the Fraser River to Salish Sea basin and the wider Cascadia bioregion:

May all I say and all I think
be in harmony with thee,
God within me,
God beyond me,
maker of the trees.

Chinook prayer, Pacific Northwest

We stand in this place, this watershed, this holy ground, remembering its creatures and asking them respectfully to stand with us. Stand to remember together our stories. Stand to be in conscious, respectful relationship. Stand to resist commercial interests at creation’s expense. Let’s join with creation in pledging ourselves to live to praise God’s holy name.

murrelets, band-tailed pigeons, barn owls and short-tailed albatross… we call upon you to stand with us

basking sharks, humpback whales, orcas and blue whales… we call upon you to stand with us

lindley’s false silverpuffs, old growth specklebelly lichen, phantom orchids… we call upon you to stand with us

salish sucker, chinook salmon, Fraser eulachon, Fraser sturgeon, Nooksack Dace… we call upon you to stand with us

coastal giant salamanders, oregon forest snails, Northern Red legged frogs, magnum mantleslugs… we call upon you to stand with us

western bumblebees, wandering salamanders, pacific water shrews, threaded vertigos… we call upon you to stand with us

We acknowledge that you are known by other names in languages which are being lost: St’át’imcets; Kwak’wala and Liq’wala, Nuu-chah-nulth, Sháshíshálh, Nooksack, Hul’q’umi’num’, Chinook. We call upon all our brothers and sisters to know you and your ways, to learn the names by which God knows you.

Blessed One,
You alone are unutterable,
from the time you created all things
that can be spoken of.
You alone are unknowable,
from the time you created all things
that can be known.
All things cry out about you;
those which speak,
and those which cannot speak.
All things honor you;
those which think,
and those which cannot think.
For there is one longing, one groaning,
that all things have for you …
All things pray to you that comprehend
your plan
and offer you a silent hymn.
In you, the One, all things abide,
and all things endlessly run to you
who are the end of all.
(By St. Gregory Nazianzen, c.330-389)

One thought on “For Ash Wednesday: Let Us Join With Creation

  1. It seems to me that calling the creatures to stand with us reflects a colonizing/Imperial world view. Would we not go to stand with them?

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