|Brother Sun,Sister Moon|
Being a life long Mormon from an all Mormon family that goes back five or seven generations I've spent a lot of my life pretty ignorant of rituals and writings of other religions. You have to live under a rock though, not to have heard of Francis of Assisi, or, St. Francis if you are Catholic. Born about 800 years ago he is said to have been the first to have a Christmas Nativity Scene, (His was live) so I can thank him for my love for Nativity Scenes. Near the end of his life (in 1226) he wrote a song of praise commonly called the "Canticle to the Sun". Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved ) who if we made Saints in the literary world she would be a big one, has "reimagined" the text of this prayer. It's paired with the jaw dropping illustrations of Pamela Dalton and the whole makes me glad to be alive. Pamela Dalton is a Scherenschnitte (pronounced shear-n-SNIT- a) artist. Scherenschnitte is the art of papercutting started by the German/Swiss in the 16th century and brought to American in the 18th century where the Pennsylvania Dutch made it their own. If you accordion folded a piece of paper and cut out paper dolls holding hands you've done a rudimentary bit of Scherenschnitte. But nothing like Ms. Dalton.
|“We praise you for our Brother Sun, who in his radiant dawning every day reminds us that it was you who brought forth light.”|
|“For this life and the life to come, we sing our praise to you. O
Lord, the Father and Mother of all creation. Give us, we pray, the grace
to honor you this day|
and forever more.”
|Available in November|