April 22 is Earth Day. I would like to suggest five ways that you can celebrate this special day.
- Pray Psalm 148 or sing John Michaels’ hymn, based on Psalm 148.
O Bless the Lord by John Michaels, 1984. (There are several YouTube performances of this hymn.)
O bless the Lord, the God of our salvation, Rock of strength and a refuge sure!
O bless the Lord, the God of every nation, Over all the Earth!
O bless the Lord, highest heavens above! Bless the Lord! Glorify His name!
Sun in the day, moon and stars in the night, Worship and praise!
Let all the earth sing with joy to the Lord, All the seas, creatures of the deep
Mountains and hills, birds and beasts in the fields, Worship and praise!
Let all the nations on earth bless the Lord, For the Lord governs all the world
Let all the rulers on earth bless the Lord, Worship and praise!
Let all the people on earth bless the Lord! Young and old, glorify his name!
Let every voice sing with joy to the Lord: Glory and praise!
- Pray the prayer of Pope Francis from his encyclical Laudato Sí.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
- Plant a new flower in your garden or on your patio.
- Share a “Dirt Cake” with your family or neighbors or co-workers.
1 package (15-1/2 ounces) Oreo cookies, crushed
1/2 c. butter (1 stick), creamed with
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened, and blended with
1 carton (12 oz.) Extra Creamy Cool Whip, thawed
2 small packages instant vanilla pudding mix, whipped into
4 cups whole milk
A new plastic flowerpot about 10” in diameter
(optional) gummy worms, plastic flowers, gardening trowel
Layer mixtures into flowerpot: 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Decorate with gummy worms, plastic flowers, and a new trowel that can be used as a serving spoon.
- Visit and donate to the website of the Environmental Working Group.
Founded in 1992, with headquarters in Washington, DC, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability. Go to www.ewg.org.
Happy Earth Day!