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Lenten Carbon Fast 2020 ~ 7th Saturday

Prayer and reflect on your role in preserving God’s creation the the difference you have made this Lent

St. Francis’s Canticle of the Sun

O most High, almighty, good Lord God, to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing!

Praised be my Lord God with all creatures; and especially our brother the sun, which brings us the day, and the light; fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor: O Lord, he signifies you to us!

Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon, and for the stars, which God has set clear and lovely in heaven.

Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for air and cloud, calms and all weather, by which you uphold in life all creatures.

Praised be my Lord for our sister water, which is very serviceable to us, and humble, and precious, and clean.

Praised be my Lord for brother fire, through which you give us light in the darkness: and he is bright, and pleasant, and very mighty, and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our mother the Earth, which sustains us and keeps us, and yields divers fruits, and flowers of many colors, and grass.

Praised be my Lord for all those who pardon one another for God’s love’s sake, and who endure weakness and tribulation; blessed are they who peaceably shall endure, for you, O most High, shall give them a crown!

Job 14:1-14 


Job 14

1Man born of womanis short-lived and full of trouble, 2Like a flower that springs up and fades,swift as a shadow that does not abide.3Upon such a one will you set your eyes,bringing me into judgment before you?4Can anyone make the unclean clean?No one can.5Since his days are determined—you know the number of his months;you have fixed the limit which he cannot pass—6Look away from him and let him be,while, like a hireling, he completes his day.7For a tree there is hope;if it is cut down, it will sprout again,its tender shoots will not cease.8Even though its root grow old in the earthand its stump die in the dust,9Yet at the first whiff of water it sproutsand puts forth branches like a young plant.10But when a man dies, all vigor leaves him;when a mortal expires, where then is he?11As when the waters of a lake fail,or a stream shrivels and dries up,12So mortals lie down, never to rise.Until the heavens are no more, they shall not awake,nor be roused out of their sleep.13Oh, that you would hide me in Sheol,shelter me till your wrath is past,fix a time to remember me!14If a man were to die, and live again,all the days of my drudgery I would waitfor my relief to come.

Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 


Psalms 31

1For the leader. A psalm of David.2In you, LORD, I take refuge;let me never be put to shame.In your righteousness deliver me;3incline your ear to me;make haste to rescue me!Be my rock of refuge,a stronghold to save me.4For you are my rock and my fortress;for your name’s sake lead me and guide me.5Free me from the net they have set for me,for you are my refuge.6Into your hands I commend my spirit;you will redeem me, LORD, God of truth.7You hate those who serve worthless idols,but I trust in the LORD.8I will rejoice and be glad in your mercy,once you have seen my misery,[and] gotten to know the distress of my soul.9You will not abandon me into enemy hands,but will set my feet in a free and open space.10Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am in distress;affliction is wearing down my eyes,my throat and my insides.11My life is worn out by sorrow,and my years by sighing.My strength fails in my affliction;my bones are wearing down.12To all my foes I am a thing of scorn,and especially to my neighborsa horror to my friends.When they see me in public,they quickly shy away.13I am forgotten, out of mind like the dead;I am like a worn-out tool.14I hear the whispers of the crowd;terrors are all around me.They conspire together against me;they plot to take my life.15But I trust in you, LORD;I say, “You are my God.”16My destiny is in your hands;rescue me from my enemies,from the hands of my pursuers.

1 Peter 4:1-8 


1Peter 4

1Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same attitude (for whoever suffers in the flesh has broken with sin), 2so as not to spend what remains of one’s life in the flesh on human desires, but on the will of God. 3For the time that has passed is sufficient for doing what the Gentiles like to do: living in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and wanton idolatry. 4They are surprised that you do not plunge into the same swamp of profligacy, and they vilify you; 5but they will give an account to him who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead that, though condemned in the flesh in human estimation, they might live in the spirit in the estimation of God.7The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers. 8Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.

Matthew 27:57-66 


Matthew 27

55There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. 58He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be handed over. 59Taking the body, Joseph wrapped it [in] clean linen 60and laid it in his new tomb that he had hewn in the rock. Then he rolled a huge stone across the entrance to the tomb and departed. 61But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary remained sitting there, facing the tomb.62The next day, the one following the day of preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that this impostor while still alive said, ‘After three days I will be raised up.’ 64Give orders, then, that the grave be secured until the third day, lest his disciples come and steal him and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead.’ This last imposture would be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “The guard is yours; go secure it as best you can.” 66So they went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the stone and setting the guard.



Praised be my Lord for our sister, the death of the body, from which no one escapes. Woe to him who dies in mortal sin! Blessed are they who are found walking by your most holy will, for the second death shall have no power to do them harm.

Praise you, and bless you the Lord, and give thanks to God, and serve God with great humility.

(St. Francis, 1182-1226)



Today’s photo compliments of Sami Takarautio on Unsplash


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