Renew the Face of the Earth

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For 23 May 2021, Pentecost Sunday, based on Psalm 104:1, 24, 29–30, 31, 34

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.
O Lord my God, you are very great.
You are clothed with honour and majesty,
O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom you have made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the ground.

May the glory of the Lord endure for ever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Sr. Beth, a Dominican Sister of Hope, is now retired from active ministry. Her ministries have included high school and college teaching and administration, congregational leadership, prison ministry, spiritual direction, facilitation of retreats and workshops primarily on a spirituality of aging, and preaching.

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