Summer and Winter
Dance joyfully around Earth
Singing YHWH’s song
If we Christians seem somewhat indifferent to the rhythms of the seasons it is not necessarily due to some anti-nature bias. On the contrary, environmental concern is thoroughly compatable with Christianity (even if its not universally practiced). The reason is to be found elsewhere, in our understanding of God. It is because we only worship one God and see that God as equally accessible everywhere and everywhen. If we wish to ask God for success in a venture we need not want for a full moon, for God is no more or less influential than God is right now.
Although its Samhain down here in Australia I thought I’d post this ancient Celtic Beltane Blessing for my readers in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Beltane blessing (Am Beannachadh Bealltain)
From the Carmina Gadelica
Bless, O Threefold true and bountiful,
Myself, my spouse, and my children,
My tender children and their beloved mother at their head.
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling,
On the fragrant plain, on the gay mountain sheiling.
Everything within my dwelling or in my possession,
All kine and crops, all flocks and corn,
From Hallow Eve to Beltane Eve,
With goodly progress and gentle blessing,
From sea to sea, and every river mouth,
From wave to wave, and base of waterfall.
Be the Three Persons taking possession of all to me belonging,
Be the sure Trinity protecting me in truth;
Oh! satisfy my soul in the words of Paul,
And shield my loved ones beneath the wing of Thy glory,
Shield my loved ones beneath the wing of Thy glory.
Bless everything and every one,
Of this little household by my side;
Place the cross of Christ on us with the power of love,
Till we see the land of joy,
Till we see the land of joy.
What time the kine shall forsake the stalls,
What time the sheep shall forsake the folds,
What time the goats shall ascend to the mount of mist,
May the tending of the Triune follow them,
May the tending of the Triune follow them.
Thou Being who didst create me at the beginning,
Listen and attend me as I bend the knee to Thee,
Morning and evening as is becoming in me,
In Thine own presence, O God of life,
In Thine own presence, O God of life.