Good and generous Lord, You have once
more brought the year full circle, through
planting and growing and ripening to
harvest time, and autumn.
the rain and the dew, the minerals of the
earth and all the plants that grow and all
the beasts and birds of farm and field. We
marvel at Your wonderful ways of bringing
food from the earth for man’s good.
Dear God, help us to use Your rich gifts as
You want us to. Teach us to share them with
our neighbour when he is in need. Make
seasons, and in the growth and ripening of
our crops, the merciful, generous hand of
Your divine providence.
Help us to realise, too, that if we keep Your
commandments and live according to the
inspirations of Your grace, we shall also
reap a plentiful harvest in the autumn of
our lifetime: a harvest that we will be able to
destroy, nor blight spoil any least part of it.
O Lord, support us all the day long of this
troublous life, until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes, and the busy world
is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and
our work is done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy,
grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest, and
peace at the last.
Show us, O Lord,
your face of
in the coldness of morning,
in the song of the stream,
in the beckoning of autumn.
Make shine, O Lord,
thy face of goodness
on the noon rain,
on the rusted leaves,
on the birds’ migration.
Bring forth, O Lord,
your face of peace
through the murmur of things,
through the music of silence,
through the smile of words.
Lead us, O Lord,
in the light of your face
toward the courtyards of Jerusalem,
toward the paths of eternity,
to the house of our Father.