Magnolia blooming in Black Mountain, NC. Photograph and copyright by Barbara Mattio, 2010
The Atlantic Ocean at twilight. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2009
This is a compilation of prayers about healing Mother Earth.
They are from many different spiritual paths. All prayers rise to heaven and all prayers are known to God. There is not just a certain religion whose members pray and receive answers or attention.
In this world, every prayer counts, and we are One Family living on One Mother Earth. Let us, all pray, whatever words come from your heart and soul. I hope you will see that the meaning of the different prayers is all the same.
“Let us be united,
Let us speak in harmony,
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayer,
Common be the end of our assembly,
Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings,
Unified be our hearts;
Common be our intentions,
Perfect be our unity.”
— From the Rig Veda
“It is up to us to receive and transmit our Torah.
It is up to us to see that the world still stands.
May the time be not distant
when nation will not lift up sword against nations,
neither shall they learn war any more.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
for the earth will be filled with the wonder of life
Then shall we sit under our vine and our fig tree
and none shall be afraid.
—Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
“Cattle browse peacefully
Trees and plants are verdant,
Birds fly from their nests
And lift up their wings in your praise.
All animals frisk upon their feet
All winged things fly and alight once more—
They come to life with your rising.
Boats sail upstream and boats sail downstream,
At your coming every highway is opened
Before your face the fish leap up from the river.
Your rays reach the green ocean.
You it is who place the male seed in woman,
Who create the semen in man;
You quicken the sun in his mother’s belly,
Soothing him so that he shall not cry
Even in the womb you are his nurse.
You give breath to all your creation,
Opening the mouth of the newborn
And giving him nourishment.
——-From the Pharaoh Akhenaten’s ” Hymn to the Sun”
“Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.”
—Thich Nhat Hanh
“Be praised my lord because our sister
Mother Earth sustains and rules
us and because she raises
food to feed us : colored flowers
Be praised my lord for those who pardon by your love
and suffer illness and grief
Bless those who undergo in silence
the poor for whom you hold a crown
Be praised my lord for Sister Death-of-Body
whom no man living will escape
And pity those who die in mortal sin
and everyone she who minds you
bless: no second death
to bring them hurt.
Oh praise my lord and bless my lord and thank
and serve my lord with humbleness
—Saint Francis of Assisi
“All living beings; all our relations.
We pray for ourselves and all persons;
for the ducks, loons, penguins, eagles and
for dogs, cats, monkeys, elk and earthworms;
fish, mussels, deep-diving whales;
eucalyptus and cactus, fir and roses; all our relations.
Guide us to true peace and security;
grant us protection and freedom from all
help us to be free to be ourselves, with
respect for all.
Enfold us in the clear light of safety and
warmth and wholeness.”
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
Bahama water garden. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2013
“The soul of the whole of creation is one, the life behind all those ever-moving phantoms is one. Meditation on this truth and the awakening to it will harmonize the condition of the world.”
—Hazrat Inayat Khan
We are all One Family in the eyes of the Beloved