Mother Earth

A hymn written especially in honor of St. Francis.

The melody is the well-known hymn Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven.

1. Mother Earth, our mother birthing
Ev’ry creature on the land
Jesus too was flesh and breathing,
Kin to all every greening plant.
Celebrate with all creation:
God has joined the web of life.

2. Sister Air, our sister lifting
Ev’ry creature born with wing;
Jesus shared the breath of forests,
Breath that makes our spirits sing.
Celebrate with all creation:
God has joined the web of life.

3. Brother Water, brother pulsing
Deep through ev’ry vein and sea,
Jesus drank the very raindrops
For our wine and in our tea.
Celebrate with all creation:
God has joined the web of life.

4. Father Fire, our father burning
With the sacred urge to live.
Jesus’ death completes the cycle,
Bringing life beyond the grave.
Celebrate with all creation:
God has joined the web of life.


Words: © Norman Habel 1999, from Habel Hymns Volume One: Songs for Celebrating with Creation