Garden Blessings

I have found Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals to be helpful to me in guiding my prayers and helping me develop a discipline of prayer.  In addition to morning, midday and evening prayers, the book includes “occasional prayers,” one of which is a blessing for land at planting or harvest.

I pray it over our gardens as a way to help me focus on the gifts they represent and as a way to purposely seek God’s blessing over them.

Here is the prayer,  which I have slightly modified the original (the original can be found HERE):

God of the Universe,
You made the heavens and the earth,
So we do not call our home merely “planet earth.”
We call it your Creation, a Divine Mystery,
a Gift from Your Most Blessed Hand.
The world itself is your miracle.
Bread and vegetables from earth are thus also from heaven.
Help us to see in our daily bread your presence.

Upon this garden
May your stars rain down their blessed dust.
May you send rain and sunshine upon our garden and us.
Grant us the humility to touch the soil,
That we might become more human,
That we might mend our rift from your Creation,
That we might then know the sacredness of the gift of life—
That we might truly experience life from the hand of God.
For you planted humanity in a garden,
and began our resurrection in a garden.
Our blessed memory and hope lie in a garden.

Thanks be to God,
Who made the world teeming with variety,
Of things on the earth, above, the earth, and under the earth.
Thanks be to God,
For the many kinds of plants, trees, and fruits,
We celebrate.
For the centipedes, ants, and worms,
For the goats, dogs and birds,
For the cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers.
We rejoice,
That we find ourselves eclipsed by the magnitude
Of your generosity and mystery.
Thanks be to God.

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