Holy moment beneath the stars

(Illustration: Irene Bom)


Let me introduce you to a recent addition to my growing collection of prayer books: Every Moment Holy: Volume One by Douglas Kane McKelvey. It features over 100 liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life, including liturgies “For Home Repairs”, “For Missing Someone” and “For the Hurried Preparation of a Meal”. A second volume with liturgies for seasons of dying and grieving has also been published.

Here is an excerpt from Volume One, used with the publisher’s permission.

from  A Liturgy For Stargazing

[O Great Architect of These Intricate Heavens]

Tune our ears to hear the songs
of stars in their trillion-fold choruses,
bearing witness to your glory, your power.

Use these bright expressions of your extravagant
beauty to stroke our holy longings, whetting our
appetites afresh for all that is eternal and good.

You made this vastness, and by
your love you placed us in it,
fixed among the wonders.
So let us be stirred, O Lord, by night skies such as these,
lifting our thoughts to you, our Maker, and to the vast
and beautiful infinitude of your designs.

O Spirit of God, draw praise from us,
      here in this cathedral of creation,
      beneath this starry dome.
Awaken our adoration in this place
where we are so very small –
      and yet so greatly loved.


written by Douglas Kane McKelvey
from Every Moment Holy: Volume One (Pocket Edition), p. 80, 82
Used with permission

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