Many of us experienced nature as a gift through the spring lockdown. The weather may not be so good now, but there are still treasures to be found outside without even leaving Crewe. And, it’s safer to meet with friends outside (up to six people of course).

We had planned a group prayer walk at Quaker’s Coppice, next to the business park in Crewe. Planning ahead doesn’t work so well in autumn though, and we haven’t been lucky with the weather. But you can still dress up warm, slow down to notice the beauty around you, and pray St Francis’s joyful prayer of praise for Brother Sun, the wind, and the fruits of the earth.

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.