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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Let the farthest reaches of the Cosmos bless the Lord (Benedicite)


Benedicite: An ancient scriptural Song of Creation  - so why not one for the twenty-first century recognising something of today’s cosmology?



Let the farthest reaches of the Cosmos bless the Lord,
let light and all particles travelling through space bless the Lord,
let dark energy and dark matter bless the Lord,
Praise him and glorify him forever

Let the galaxies spread throughout the universe bless the Lord,
let supernovae and nebulae bless the Lord,
let the multitude of stars and planets bless the Lord,
Praise him and glorify him forever

Let clouds, raindrops and snowflakes bless the Lord,
Let vibrant rainbows bless the Lord,
Let vivid sunrises and sunsets bless the Lord
            Praise him and glorify him forever

Let the oceans and mighty seas bless the Lord,
let leaping whales bless the Lord,
let the fishes that teem in the sea bless the Lord,
Praise him and glorify him forever

Let sun-bathed islands bless the Lord
Let coral reefs and atolls bless the Lord
Let deserts and dry places bless the Lord
Praise him and glorify him forever

Let inland lakes, tumbling waterfalls and great rivers bless the Lord
Let reptiles, amphibians, eels and shelled creatures bless the Lord,
Let dragonflies and waterborne insects bless the Lord
Praise him and glorify him forever

Let the birds of the air bless the Lord,
Let bats, butterflies and moths bless the Lord,
Let six and eight legged creatures bless the Lord,
            Praise him and glorify him forever

Let mountains, hills, grassy plains and deserts bless the lord
Let exquisite wild animals bless the Lord
Let tiny mammals of scrub and heath bless the Lord
            Praise him and glorify him forever

Let jungles, trees and forests bless the Lord
Let thickets and the plants of the wilderness bless the Lord
Let insects, spiders and tiny parasites bless the Lord
            Praise him and glorify him forever


Let everything that lives and moves and has natural being bless the Lord
Let everyone who believes in God bless the Lord
            Praise him and glorify him forever

Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE


Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'