Lift up the lowly— prayer for the beautifying of creation

Father of creation

Open our eyes to see

Your Beauty in all you create.

May we labour with You

To lift up the lowly, hidden

In the background, left behind

In the moving march of history.

Let us labour to reverse their lost

Lifting them to the blessed foreground

Of Pentecostal fullness

That rejoicing in Your whole creation

We grow united to You in the joy

Of beatifying all your works

For the sake of Christ

Our King

Amen.

Inspired from the Collect “For Joy in God’s Creation,” in the Book of Common Prayer, and the theme of aesthetic “foregrounding” in Alejandro García-Rivera’s book, The Community of the Beautiful: A Theological Aesthetics (The Liturgical Press, 1999).

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