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A Christian Liturgy for the Celtic Harvest

A Christian Liturgy for the Celtic Harvest

Via John Birch's excellent website, FaithandWorship.com--



A Christian Liturgy for Lughnasadh


The earth is the Lord's
And all that is upon it

Created and creative things
Fruit and Fruitfulness

Springtime and Summer
Seedtime and harvest


For the promise of harvest
contained within a seed
we thank you.
For the oak tree
within an acorn
The bread
within a grain
The apple
within a pip
The mystery of nature
gift wrapped
for us to sow
we thank you.


‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, 
day and night will never cease.’ 
(Gen 8:22)


We see signs of summer's passing in golden leaves, 
shortening days, misty mornings, autumn glow. 
We sense its passing in rain that dampens, 
winds that chill, Harvest's bounty placed on show.
Creator God, who brings forth
both green shoot and hoar frost, 
sunrise and sunset, 
we bring our thanks
for seeds that have grown, 
harvests gathered,
storehouses filled,
mouths fed. 
And, as your good earth rests
through winter's cold embrace, 
we look forward to its re-awakening
when kissed by Spring's first touch.



(Here a song, chant or hymn might be sung)


‘Sow everywhere the good seed given to you. Sow in good ground, sow in sand, sow among the stones, sow on the oad, sow among the weeds. Perhaps some of these seeds will open up and grow and bring forth fruit, even if not at once'
Seraphim of Sarov (1759-1833) Russian monk


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." 
John Muir


"We marvel at the Creator, not only as the one who made heaven and earth, sun and ocean, elephants, camels, horses, oxen, leopards, bears and lions, but also as the one who made the small creatures: ants, gnats, flies, worms and the like - things whose shape we know better than their names. And as in all creation we revere his skill, so the one whose mind is given to Christ is earnest in small things as in great, knowing that an account must be given even for an idle word."
Jerome (331-420) Church Father



(A time of intercession might be appropriate at this point, either silent or aloud, praying for areas of the world where harvests are uncertain because of drought or warfare, but also praying for fruitfulness wherever it might be shown - lives dedicated to serving others, for artists and craft workers who take the natural things of this world and make something beautiful from them)



For creativity in its many forms
we give you thanks
For the skill of weaver
potter, artist, sculptor
needle worker
all who take that which you have given
and make with it something of beauty

For fruitfulness in its many forms
we give you thanks
For selfless love
grace, wisdom, knowledge
all who take that which you have given
and make with it something of beauty 



For summer's passing
and harvest home

For seed that has fallen
the promise of spring


Together we say

We bless you, 
God of Seed and Harvest
And we bless each other
That the beauty of this world
And the love that created it
Might be expressed though our lives
And be a blessing to others
Now and always




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