For the Beauty of the Earth and its abundance

October 15

Lately, I am expanding my understanding and awe of Earth’s abundance by praying with the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address. It reminds me of the Canticle of the Sun, written by Francis of Assisi in 1224, who like our indigenous peoples, recognized the kinship of all creation.

As my spirits are lifted by a selection of these words, may yours be as well. It is fitting for this season of thanksgiving.  

“Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. …  
The Earth Mother: We are all thankful to our Mother, the Earth, for she gives us all that we need for life. She supports our feet as we walk about upon her. It gives us joy that she continues to care for us as she has from the beginning of time. To our mother, we send greetings and thanks”. (Thanks giving address)

“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.” (Canticle of the Sun)

“The Waters: We give thanks to all the waters of the world for quenching our thirst and providing us with strength. Water is life. We know its power in many forms- waterfalls and rain, mists and streams, rivers and oceans. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to the spirit of Water.” (Thanks giving address)

“Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble and precious and pure.” (Canticle of the Sun)

The Four Winds: We are all thankful to the powers we know as the Four Winds. We hear their voices in the moving air as they refresh us and purify the air we breathe. They help us to bring the change of seasons. From the four directions they come, bringing us messages and giving us strength. With one mind, we send our greetings and thanks to the Four Winds. (Thanks giving address)

“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.” (Canticle of the Sun)

The Sun: “We now send greetings and thanks to our eldest Brother, the Sun. Each day without fail he travels the sky from east to west, bringing the light of a new day. He is the source of all the fires of life. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Brother, the Sun. Grandmother Moon We put our minds together to give thanks to our oldest Grandmother, the Moon, who lights the night-time sky. She is the leader of woman all over the world, and she governs the movement of the ocean tides. By her changing face we measure time, and it is the Moon who watches over the arrival of children here on Earth. With one mind, we send greetings and thanks to our Grandmother, the Moon. (Thanks giving address)

“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.”  (Canticle of the Sun)

The Creator: “Now we turn our thoughts to the Creator, or Great Spirit, and send greetings and thanks for all the gifts of Creation. Everything we need to live a good life is here on this Mother Earth. For all the love that is still around us, we gather our minds together as one and send our choicest words of greetings and thanks to the Creator.” (Thanks giving address)

https://americanindian.si.edu/environment/pdf/01_02_Thanksgiving_Address.pdf
https://www.franciscanmedia.org/franciscan-spirit-blog/st-francis-and-his-canticle