- Opening, Psalm 104
- Centering Prayer
- Video -- Lectio Divina,
Meg Funk (30 minutes)
- Practice of Lectio Divina
Opening, Psalm 104
(from Nan Merrill)
Bless the Radiant One, O my soul!
O Heart of my heart, You are
so very great!
You are clothed with justice and
arrayed in Light as your
You stretch over the heavens
like a tent,
your Radiance covering the waters;
You shine through the clouds, and
ride on the wings of the wind;
The wind, like the Breath of Life,
carries your Word,
Fire refines the dross of
You set the earth on its foundations,
strong and secure.
You covered it with the deep
like a garment,
with many waters that life might come
At your Word, the waters divided,
becoming rivers and lakes and mighty
storms came to ensure the balance and
to renew the earth.
The mountains rose, the valleys became
in the places that You did appoint.
You brought harmony to all the earth,
that life might spring forth
You created springs to flow into the
they flow between the hills.
Giving drink to every creature of the
quenching their thirst as your
Living Water quenches ours.
With the air, You have given birds
they sing among the branches.
The majesty of Creation is seen
throughout the land,
the sounds of Creation mingle
with the music of the spheres.
Through your Word, grass came forth
for the cattle,
and plants for us to cultivate,
That we might have food from the
and wine, the fruit of the vine,
Oil and healing herbs of many
and bread, our daily sustenance.
The tress are watered abundantly and
with the sun,
provide the air we breathe.
Every living creature has its home:
the birds nest in trees, the wild
goats upon the mountaintop;
even the rocks provide protection.
You created the moon to mark the
tides and seasons,
the sun, that rises and sets
In darkness, when night comes,
the creatures of the forest
roam the earth.
They eat their fill, each according
to their need;
You provide their food.
When the sun rises, they disappear
and lie sown in their dens.
As your people go forth to their work,
You are there to guide them.
O You, who know all hearts, how
manifold are your works!
In wisdom You have created
the earth is filled with your
We took to the seas, great and wide,
which teem with life innumerable,
helping to maintain the balance.
O, that we might receive your gifts,
taking only what is needed
with grateful hearts.
All of creation looks to You,
to give them food in
When we are in harmony with
the earth provides;
yes, a bountiful harvest to be shared
When we misuse what You have created
we blame You for the famine and
destruction that ensues,
and feel alienated from You.
Even so, You continue to send forth
your Spirit, and
the earth, though not without turmoil,
The glory of the Radiant One endures
the works of Love are sure.
You are ever-present to us, even as
the earth trembles,
even as the mountains spew forth
ashes and smoke!
I will abandon myself into your hands
as long as I live;
I will sing praise to You
while I have breath.
May my meditations be pleasing to You,
for I rejoice and am glad in You.
May all who feel separated from You
open their hearts to new Life!
Praise the Creator of the Universe!
Bless the Heart of my heart,
O my soul!
Lectio Divina Readings
Psalm 104 (King James Version)
Antiphonally Read (alternate between two
Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art
clothed with honour and majesty.
Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment, who stretchest out the
heavens like a curtain:
Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds
his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:
Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed
Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above
At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place
which thou hast founded for them.
Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not
again to cover the earth.
He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their
By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing
among the branches.
He watereth the hills from his chamber: the earth is satisfies with the
fruit of thy works.
He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of
man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to
shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath
Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her
The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats: and the rocks for the
He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.
makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do
young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.
The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay down in their
Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the
earth is full of thy riches.
So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable,
both small and great beasts.
There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play
These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due
That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are
filled with food.
Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath,
they die, and return to their dust.
Thou sendest forth thy sprit, they are created: and thou renewest the face
of the earth.
The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his
works. He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills,
and they smoke.
I will sing unot the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God
while I have my being.
My mediation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no
more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
Book of Wisdom (Chapter 7, vs 22-30)
Eulogy of Wisdom
For within her is a spirit
unique, manifold, subtle, mobile,
lucid, invulnerable, benevolent, shrewd, irresistible,
beneficent, friendly to human beings,
steadfast, dependable, unperturbed,
penetrating all intelligent, pure,
and most subtle spirits.
For Wisdom is quicker to move than any
she is so pure, she pervades and
permeates all things.
She is a breath of the power of God,
pure emanation of the glory of the
so nothing impure can find its way
For she is a reflection of the eternal
untarnished mirror of God's active
and image of his goodness.
Although she is alone she can do
herself unchanging she renews the
and, generation after generation,
passing into holy souls,
she makes them into God's friends and prophets;
for God loves only those who dwell
She is indeed more splendid than the
she outshines all the constellations;
Compared with light, she takes first
for light must yield to night,
but against Wisdom evil cannot
Strongly she reaches from one end of
the world to the other
and she governs the whole world for
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