Earth-Along Day 2 Liturgy

Today we focus on the theme of “The Earth Sustains Us All.” All that we use comes from the Earth:  for our sustenance, for our labors, for our creative endeavors. Today, honor those resources and ways we make use of them.  What can you do, or are you doing, to acknowledge the ways in which the Earth Mother supports us and nurtures us? Today, sing praises to the Earth Mother, or make offerings, or take some time to take a walk or observe the nature around you, and reflect on how the we are all part of the Earth together.
The liturgy for today’s Earth-Along focuses on the Earth Mother, and the ways she provides for us.
 prayer card for the "prayer of offering" on image of redbud tree and green and yellow leaved ivy


Beginning Signal
***Ring Bell (or other sound) 3 times***


Attune to Purpose
***Focus on your connection with the Earth Mother & Take 3 cleansing breaths to ground and center***


Prayer of Welcome
***Kindle your Good Fire (whatever form it takes)***
It is fitting that we honor the All Mother;
She from whom we have all emerged,
She who sustains us, She to whom,
In the fullness of time, our bones will return.
Come, Blessed Goddess, and hear our prayer;
We ask that you support and surround us
For this rite, as you do for all rites,
For this day, as you do for all days.
Eldest of all beings, crowned with every grace,
We give you honor, and we give you praise;
Yours is the joy of the rain, and of every sacred thing.
We honor you best when we walk in balance;
We honor you best when we make our footprints light;
We honor you best when we become your true champions.
All Mother, Our Mother, ignite your spark within us
That we may know ourselves to be truly human,
Truly holy, and truly part of the web of life.
Join us in the warmth and light of our Good Fire.
Earth Mother, be welcome here this day.


Prayer of Offering
Great Mother, sustainer of all creation,
from you flows all that we need – to live, to work, to love, to play.
Your blessed waters are a joy to behold, not only do they slake our thirst,
but also do they provide us nourishment, entertainment, transportation,
and beauty in their very existence.
From the smallest creek-let to the largest ocean,
your liquid blessings are truly “The Waters of Life!”
Your vast expanses of land, from verdant meadow to windswept crag,
are home to countless creatures, great and small.
You support and surround us with the means to feed and clothe ourselves,
and to provide  all we need to feed those other parts of us as well –
pigments for painting, clay for sculpting, wood and stone for carving,
fibers for crafting, and all that allows us to build community and conduct business.
The winds of your sacred breath that blow across the plains and the fields,
that swirl among the clouds, carry the seeds of new life,
lift us up like birds on the wing, sing the songs of a myriad voices,
and bring back the blessed waters in the endless cycle of the pouring out of your blessings.
***Make your Offering (give your gift, then say this or do what suits you)***
Blessed is she whose vital essence brings life to all the land.
Blessed is she whose lifeblood wells up and flows out to the sea.
Blessed is she whose gentle breath whispers of love across the sky.
Blessings to the All-Mother!


Prayer of Blessing
***Call the Earth Mother’s Blessings into your Water or Incense***
O come Blessed Goddess, and listen to our prayer,
Make the increase of your bounty thy constant care;
We ask that you support us, and let your blessings flow,
Praise to you, Sacred Mother, for all that you bestow.Beloved Ancestral Mother of prosperity and plenty,
From whose starry womb the green earth springs,
We have offered freely, with our heads and hands and hearts,
Bring forth now your blessings that we may take them in.Pour out the blessings of the Cup of Inspiration!
Send down the blessings of the Spring of Renewal!
Infuse us with the blessings of the Well of Wisdom!
Behold the beauty and the bounty of the gifts the Mother brings!
***Take in the Blessings: Drink, sprinkle, anoint, waft, or whathaveyou***


Prayer of Gratitude
As it began in your honor, let it end in our thanksgiving.
Earth Mother, we are ever grateful for thy bounty,
For your presence in our lives, and in our rites,
For your support in our work, and in all our days.With gratitude for blessings received, we carry forth
The gifts bestowed upon us to share with all the world;
Blessed Goddess, wellspring of potential, we honor you;
Through the fruits of your labors are we made whole, and holy.
Earth Mother, we thank you!


Ending Signal
***Ring Bell (or other sound) 3 times***