♫ Hymn of the Month: “The Peace of the Earth”

Monday, October 7


Introduction by Lauren Hall of Kansas City, Missouri, USA

And there came a voice to them, a pleasant voice, as if it were a whisper, saying “peace, peace be to you because of your faith in my well beloved, who was from the foundation of the world.”

—Helaman 2:112

“The Peace of the Earth” (La Paz de la Tierra)

This beautiful text is a traditional Guatemala blessing. “The Peace of the Earth” is an affirmation of the peace that is inherent in creation, “falling over us” and unconditionally available to us. The hymn reminds us that this peace is God’s peace, and, as in creation, grows within us.

This Guatemalan blessing was written down by Christine Carson, a former musician at Iona Abbey and member of the Wild Goose Worship Group. She worked for a year in Guatemala. The text, though, is similar in many ways to words found in the ancient Celtic tradition.

Enjoy the blessing of the peace of the Earth…

The Peace of the earth be with you,
the peace of the heavens too;
the peace of the rivers be with you,
the peace of the oceans too.
Deep peace falling over you;
God’s peace growing in you.

“The Peace of the Earth,” tr. by Christine Carson, English Translation © 1998 Christine Carson and WGRG, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc., exclusive North American agent. 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638, www.giamusic.com 800.442.1358. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Prayer for Peace
God of the rivers and oceans, thank you for your peace that falls over us. We praise you for the blessing of peace wherever we find it. As we seek peace and find it, so may we share it with all of creation.

Spiritual Practice
Contemplate this hymn as a poem. Repeat it as a chant several times.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will listen for the music of your voice of peace in all of creation

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