Earth, Our Original Monastery: Singing Our Way to the Sacred

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    Six different artist/composers offer us songs to celebrate Earth as our Original cathedral, scriptures, saints, spiritual directors, icon, sacrament and liturgy. Plus songs celebrating the four elements, St. Francis, St. Gobnait and the Dine Navajo Blessingway Prayer.
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Verse 1 There’s a living cathedral, no roof but the sky No floor but the earth and the sea. There are no walls to guard it for all things belong All nature and all humanity. Where clear the wind blows just where it will and it’s flowing free The cathedral of earth, sky and sea. Earth, sky and sea. Verse 2 Ev’ry church, mosque and temple belongs to this one All natural saints come and go Interwoven together like light or a web We honor the knowings that we hold Where no one has need to tell another what to believe The cathedral of earth, sky and sea. Earth, sky and sea. Verse 3 There’s a well of all wisdom that nobody owns., Dark, generous, true as the night Feel it deep in the good earth, the heartbeat of God Drink joyfully fro the spring of life We serve that great well that’s sunken deep in humanity The cathedral of earth, sky and sea. Earth, sky and sea. Verse 4 There’s a living cathedral that pulses with breath Come, all of creation and sing Hear the water of rebirth in each lovely thing All over the world it rings the same Where each one can see the source of all: a generous seed The cathedral of earth, sky and sea. Earth, sky and sea.
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Verse 1 Turn me earth to a new sunrise Turn me into the light of morning. Turn me earth when I close my eyes. Turn me into the night. Turn me earth to the blackbird’s trill Turn me into the light of morn. Round again to the whippoorwill. Turn me into the night. Refrain: Turn me, turn me, Turn me into the morning light. Turn me, turn me Turn me into the night. Repeat Instrumental Verse 2 As you’re spinning light and dark Turn me into the light of morning, Turn me earth around your star Turn me into the night. Through the seasons we will go Turn me into the light of morning, Summer rain and winter snow. Refrain: Turn me, turn me, Turn me into the morning light. Turn me, turn, Turn me into the night. Repeat Verse 3 Mother earth, your child I am Turn me into the light of morning, And I was born for this dance Turn me into the night. Round and round the sun we fly. Turn me into the light of morn, Thank you, thank you for this life. Turn me into the night. Refrain: Turn me, turn me, Turn me into the morning light. Turn me, turn, Turn me into the night. Repeat Turn me into the night. Turn me into the night.
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Introduction Verse 1 The horse sees him there, so frail on his way to vespers. Verse 2 A clip-clop of hooves, he goes over to the old man, nuzzles on his shoulder. Verse 3 Columba bids him welcome, rests his head upon the horse, breathes in the scent of fur and field. Refrain My friend, everything must end, even this love, everything must end. They rest a moment there. Instrumental Verse 4 The horse knows death is nigh, hoof scrapes the ground tears pool and fall like rain. Refrain Everything must end, even this love, everything must end. They breathe in more deeply now. Refrain Yes, everything must end, even this love. They rest a moment more. Instrumental Verse 5 The monk resumes his day, cloak soaked with tears he’s on his way to vespers.
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May the sacred earth embrace you. May the sky help you fly. May the water bless and refresh you. May the fire of love ever guide you.
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Mother Earth 03:13
Mother Earth, birth and death, come and hold me in your arms. Mother Earth, life and breath come and hold me in your arms. Cradle me, circle me holding me in your mystery. Challenge me, strengthen me, holding me in your heart.
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O Sun 03:20
Verse 1 You are the sun. / I am the dew. Gifted with life for a moment or two. And I for my time will sparkle and shine. O Sun, come fill me with you. O Sun, come fill me with you. Verse 2 You are the wind. / I am the sail. You are my strength and without you I fail. Breathe but a sigh, and I’ll open wide. O wind, come fill me with you. O wind, come fill me with you. Instrumental Verse 3 You are the wine, / I am the cup. I can yield nothing till I am filled up. Hold me upright, pour forth your life. O wine, come fill me with you. O wine, come fill me with you. O wine, come fill me O wind, come fill me O sun, come fill me with you.
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Refrain Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Hallelujah, Hallelujah. Verse 1 From the sky, from beyond the moon and stars Let it ring from the highest brightest place. Refrain Verse 2 From the soil, deep within our planet’s core Feel it swell from the deepest darkest place. Refrain Verse 3 Every life, all you that thrive in land and sea Lift your praise, every sparrow, bug and quail. Refrain Verse 4 Young and old, those with power, those oppressed Bring your praise, every person on the earth. Refrain Verse 5 And from the storms, flood and earthquake, fire and snow Praise will roar from the heavens to the earth. Refrain Hallelujah, Hallelujah. (Creation opens up her heart.) Hallelujah, Hallelujah (Creation opens up her heart.) Refrain Repeat Verse 6 Ahalle, Hallelujah, Hallelu. Ahalle, Hallelujah, Hallelu. 1. Creation opens up her heart. / Creation opens up her heart. 2. Creation opens up her heart. / Creation opens up her heart. 1. Refrain. 2. Refrain. 3. Refrain. 4. Refrain fades
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Verse 1 The whole planet prospers in your care Thriving within your design. Your own trees, your rivers and your birds, Everything is satisfied. Refrain Breathe into the earth, Holy One, and renew us; It’s a new day. Breathe into the earth, Holy One, and renew us; It’s a new day. Verse 2 All of life in rhythm with your breath; Everything is in its place. All our days and nights, our seasons turn; Life and death and holy change. Verse 3 We will sing for you for all our lives, Sing as long as we have breath. We will sing for you for all our lives, Sing as long as we have breath. Refrain
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Illumine Me 04:37
Instrumental Flute 1. Illumine me, O Spirit divine Open my eyes and my life wide. Illumine me, O Spirit divine, cast over me your light Illumine me. 2. Illumine me, O Spirit divine Open my eyes and my life wide. Illumine me, O Spirit divine, cast over me your light Illumine me. Instrumental Flute 3. Illumine me, O Spirit divine Open my eyes and my life wide. Illumine me, O Spirit divine, cast over me your light Illumine me. 4. Illumine me, O Spirit divine Open my eyes and my life wide. Illumine me, O Spirit divine, cast over me your light Illumine me. Instrumental Flute
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Dedicated to the health and return of clean pure water, tall strong trees and the salmon of life and wisdom, to the preservation of the Eyak Rain Forest and the Copper River Delta. There's a river of birds in migration a nation of women with wings. There's a river of birds in migration a nation of children who sing. There's a river of birds in migration, a nation of souls who bring Poetry and prophecy Ancient cedar, hazelnut tree Apple bough and silver bells Weaving the stories of unity. Following, following the river home Following the river home. O'er misty mountain, cutting through stone I'm following the river home. Original blessing, wi-na-de-ya-ho I'm following the river home. Following, following the river home I'm following the river home. Ancestor dreams, a journey of soul We're singing the salmon back home We're singing the salmon back home. Hey ya! Skookcumchuck Clear strong waters flowing Forest, river, ocean tide Oh let salmon live Oh let wisdom live Following, following the river home We're following the river home. Waters of life, heart of the trees, We're singing our beauty back home Mother nature- wild and free We're singing our beauty back home. Following, following the river home Earth and Sum, Moon and Stars I'm following the river home.
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Seed of Life 03:51
seed of life, arise anew 1. darkness covers and quiet hovers, we wait and wonder seed of life, arise anew 2. waters flowing and roots are growing, you nourish us seed of life, arise anew 3. breaking soil, you push and toil with strength unknown seed of life, arise anew 4. ground of promise to sky around us you beautify seed of life, arise anew Copyright 2001 Dakota Road Music. Al rights reserved. Used by permission. Written by Hans Peterson
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Most high all powerful precious God No spoken word can hold your name. 1. Praise be to you who births all life with all your creatures: especially you, sir brother sun who is the day and is your light. Beauty so true to you. There you are, there you are. 2. Praise be to you my Lord you are, sister moon and the stars. Bright precious heaven there you are. There you are. 3. Praise be to you my Lord you are, brother wind, and the air, breath of Spirit there you are, there you are. 4. Praise be to you my Lord, you are, sister water, gift of life pure essential there you are, there you are. 5. Praise be to you, my Lord, you are brother fire, friend through the night. Strong and playful there you are, there you are. Instrumental 6. Most high, all powerful precious God Through brother earth we see your face you govern all of life sustain and nurture all that is with sister death, first and last breath the key unlocking all we are, there we are. There we are. There we are.
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13. Saint Gobnait On the tiny limestone island an angel comes to Gobnait in a dream, disrupting all her plans, and sends her in search of nine white deer. She wanders for miles across the sea and land until then at last they appear but rather than running straight towards them she kneels down upon the wet ground, sits in silence and waits lets their long legs approach around her, curious noses sniff her hair. Breathing slowly, she slides back into the grass and clover and knows nothing surpasses this moment, of heaven hoof and dew. Is there a place for us, where we no longer yearn to be always elsewhere? Always elsewhere? Where our work is to simply soften and wait, attend to what’s at hand. She smiles as bees gather eagerly around her, wings humming softly, humming softly as they collect essence from the wildflowers, weaving labor into gold. ---Christine Valters Paintner & Simon DeVoil
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1. Now I walk in beauty Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Above and below me. 2. Now I walk in beauty Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Above and below me. 3. Now I walk in beauty Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Above and below me. 4. Now I walk in beauty Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Above and below me. 5. Now I walk in beauty Beauty is before me Beauty is behind me Above, below, within me. Great Spirit, great mystery, we are here today, now to pray for the earth that we may live in peace and in deep love and regard for our earth that gives us life each day. Sweet mother Goddess, mother of all creation, we give thanks and praise for the love, the nurturing and the support that you give your children. We give thanks and blessings. May all the sisters and brothers of the earth join together and heal their lives and heal their hearts, and know that their divine purpose on the earth is to live with one another in peace and in harmony with their beautiful earth. May we take care of all of our relations. And we ask or healing for you, sweet mother earth, just as we try to heal each other as brothers and sisters on this earth. We ask that your mountains, your rivers and your forests be cleansed and purified and healed.

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Six different artist/composers offer us songs to celebrate Earth as our Original cathedral, scriptures, saints, spiritual directors, icon, sacrament and liturgy. Plus songs celebrating the four elements, St. Francis, St. Gobnait and the Dine Navajo Blessingway Prayer.

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Abbey of the Arts, in partnership with The Dancing Word, produces albums to inspire soulful connection to ancient monks and mystics, to Celtic practice and tradition, and to Earth and her creatures.

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