Monday, April 22, 2013

A Psalm for Earth Day


Praise ye the Lord from the heavens!
Praise ye him in the high places!
Praise ye him, all his angels!
Praise ye him, all his hosts!
Praise ye him, O sun and moon!
Praise him, all ye stars and light!
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens,
and let all the waters that are above the heavens praise the name of the Lord,
for he spoke, and they were made;
he commanded, and they were created.
He hath established them for ever and for ages of ages;
he hath made a decree,
and it shall not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
ye dragons and all ye deeps,
fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds, which fulfil his word,
mountains and all hills,
fruitful trees and all cedars,
beasts and all cattle,
serpents and feathered fowls,
kings of the earth and all people,
princes and all judges of the earth,
young men and maidens!
Let the old with the younger praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted.

The praise of him is above heaven and earth,
and he hath exalted the horn of his people,
a hymn to all his saints,
to the children of Israel,
a people approaching to him.


--Psalm 148, Douay-Rheims translation