CANTICLE OF THE UNIVERSE

Blog by Sr. Pat Connick, OP

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord,
Fermions and bosons, bless the Lord;
Electrons and all fundamental particles, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you protons and neutrons,
All you subatomic particles, bless the Lord;
All you atoms, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you molecules that share electrons,
All you atoms that transfer electrons to form new compounds, bless the Lord.
All you metals, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you liquids and solids,
Those with London dispersion forces, bless the Lord,
Those with dipole-dipole forces, bless the Lord,
Those with hydrogen bonds, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God above all forever!

Bless the Lord, all you biomolecules,
Proteins with your many-layered structures, bless the Lord,
Carbohydrates that supply and store energy, bless the Lord,
Nucleic acids that replicate and provide energy, bless the Lord,
Fats with long chains of carbon, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you organelles,
Membranes and cell walls, bless the Lord.,
Nuclei and centrosomes, bless the Lord,
Smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum, bless the Lord,
Vacuoles and lysosomes, bless the Lord,
Mitochondria and chloroplasts, bless the Lord,
You Golgi apparati, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you organisms,
With your cells, bless the Lord,
With your tissues, bless the Lord,
With your organs, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you collectives of plants,
Flowering plants, bless the Lord,
Evergreens and deciduous plants, bless the Lord,
Ferns and horsetails, bless the Lord,
Mosses and liverworts, bless the Lord,
You algae, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God above all forever!

Bless the Lord, all you collectives of animals,
Herds of deer and giraffes, bless the Lord,
Swarms of bees and butterflies, bless the Lord,
Flocks of geese and sheep and birds, bless the Lord,
Clouds of gnats and grasshoppers, bless the Lord,
Prides of peacocks and lions, bless the Lord,
Schools of fish and beds of oysters, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you collectives of peoples,
You families, bless the Lord,
You neighbors, bless the Lord,
You townspeople, bless the Lord,
All you people of the same nation, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you ecosystems,
All you producers, bless the Lord,
All you consumers, bless the Lord,
All you who decompose, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you biomes,
Forests, temperate, boreal and tropical, bless the Lord,
Deserts and tundra, bless the Lord,
Grasslands and savannahs, bless the Lord,
Waters, marine and fresh, and ice, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God above all forever!

Bless the Lord, Our Gaia Earth,
You lakes, rivers, and oceans, bless the Lord,
You air currents and clouds of the sky, bless the Lord,
You lands that emerge and subtend from below the crust, bless the Lord,
You partner moon that drives our tides, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, all you planets,
Mercury, Venus, and Mars, bless the Lord,
The Great Asteroid Belt, bless the Lord,
Gaseous giant outer planets, bless the Lord.
You Oort cloud of icy comets, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, you great Milky Way,
All you stars, bless the Lord,
You innumerable other planets, bless the Lord,
You black holes and supernovae, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God forever!

Bless the Lord, you Great Universe,
Clusters of galaxies, bless the Lord,
Playground of the Divine, bless the Lord,
The home of all creation, bless the Lord,
Praise and exult God above all forever!

Glory to God throughout all the ages,
Three in One and One in Three
Now and in eternity!
Amen! Amen!

–Sr. Patricia Connick, O.P.,
written Sunday, July 29, 2018; inspired by the second psalm of Morning Prayer

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