I arise today through the strength of Heaven: Earth Day 2010

Posted 15 April 2010 by
The Deer's Cry (Lorica) of St. Patrick

The Deer's Cry (Lorica) of St. Patrick

Earth Day 2010 is officially 22 April 2010. That means that some churches will mark this on either 18 April or 25 April. (There is a Climate Rally scheduled for Washington, DC, on 25 April.)

I know there are some Christians that have yet to discover what being a steward of this planet means. A good steward simply exercises more than domination. A good steward seeks enhancement of that which has been entrusted.

Francis is typically the Christian saint thought of when it comes to environmental stewardship. By no means is Francis the only saint one should look to for example.

I find some of my environmental stewardship inspiration from one of the verses of the Lorica of Saint Patrick. A lorica is a monastic prayer said for protection. It is interesting where Patrick finds some of that protection:

I arise today
through the strength of Heaven
the rays of the sun,
the radiance of the moon,
the splendor of fire,
the speed of lightening,
the swiftness of the wind,
the depth of the sea,
the stability of the earth
the firmness of rock. (from The Lorica of Saint Patrick)

For Patrick–as well as Francis–God was found in fabric and existence of nature. I guess the difference comes down to whether you want to celebrate Earth Day with an Italian wine or with a Guinness.

A different translation of the Lorica is used for its setting used commonly as a hymn. Here is the Woodmont Consort playing an arrangement of the hymn tune “St. Patrick,” used for most of that hymn.

This is the translation used in the hymn version of the Lorica that is used for the arrangement played by the Woodmont Consort.

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