The Profession of Faith
There is a solidarity among all creatures
arising from the fact
that all have the same Creator and are all ordered to his glory:
May you be praised, O Lord, in all your creatures, especially
brother sun, by whom you give us light for the day; he is
beautiful, radiating great splendor, and offering us a symbol
of you, the Most High. . . .
May you be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very
useful and humble, precious and chaste. . . .
May you be praised, my Lord, for sister earth, our mother,
who bears and feeds us, and produces the variety of fruits
and dappled flowers and grasses. . . .
Praise and bless my Lord, give thanks and serve him in all
The sabbath—the end of the work of the six days.
text says that “on the seventh day God finished his work which he
had done,” that the “heavens and the earth were finished,” and that
God “rested” on this day and sanctified and blessed it.
inspired words are rich in profitable instruction:
In creation God laid a foundation and established laws that
remain firm, on which the believer can rely with confidence, for they are
the sign and pledge of the unshakeable faithfulness of God’s covenant.
For his part man must remain faithful to this foundation and respect the
laws which the Creator has written into it.
Creation was fashioned with a view to the sabbath and therefore
for the worship and adoration of God. Worship is inscribed in the order
As the rule of St. Benedict says, nothing should take prece-
dence over “the work of God,” that is, solemn worship.
the right order of human concerns.
The sabbath is at the heart of Israel’s law. To keep the command-
ments is to correspond to the wisdom and the will of God as expressed in
his work of creation.
But for us a new day has dawned: the day
of Christ’s Resurrection. The seventh day completes the first crea
tion. The eighth day begins the new creation. Thus, the work of
creation culminates in the greater work of redemption. The first
creation finds its meaning and its summit in the new creation in
Christ, the splendor of which surpasses that of the first creation.
212 St. Francis of Assisi,
Canticle of the Creatures.
216 St. Benedict,
43, 3: PL 66, 675-676.
Easter Vigil 24, prayer after the first reading.