The Season of Holy Revenance

Kingdomtide in Climate Emergency

This season is during November, before Advent. It incorporates All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance and on 30th is the Day of Remembrance for Lost Species1. So, the themes for this season are remembrance of losses, lament, and recognition of mortality. It also recognises the natural theme of growing darkness and lengthening nights (in the northern hemisphere). Officially this season before Advent is Kingdom Season. The title “The Season of Holy Revenance is taken from a book of Poems by Cynthia Hogue 2. For some context on how the idea of daily prayer in climate emergency is worked through, read this.

—————– ɷˡˡ̷ —————

All flesh is grass, enduring as a flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades.
But the Word of our God stands for ever.3

Pause to appreciate God’s presence.

Your word O Lord, is a lamp to our feet
and a light to our path.

Lights /candles may be lit

Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.

Psalms and readings 

Comfort our hearts and strengthen them
in every good work and word

Reflection individually or together. 

Then a Canticle (as follows) may be used or a hymn.

Every good deed
Every perfect gift
Is from Above,
Coming from the Creator of lights
Who does not change
Like their shifting shadows.
God chose to birth us
Through the truthful Word
So that we would be
As firstfruits
Of all God created. 4

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessèd are you, God of all consolation, you love us and in grace you give us eternal comfort and good hope 5, you give seedtime and harvest and nourish life in the midst of decay; with you is the well of life,
In your light we see light.

Praise and thanksgiving, silent or aloud.

God in heaven; you are as a father and a mother 6 to us,
Hallowed be your name

The nights lengthen, trees leave themselves bare and plants retreat in on themselves. We remember summer, and warmth. We recall whom we miss and remember what is no more. And we pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair.

We grieve for fraying the web of life we love. 
We rail at the losses we contemplate.
We long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear.

We bring our concerns for creation, or for the needs of the earth, people or events to God, silently or aloud. Consider pausing after each of the following response to consider and pray from whatever the petition brings to heart and mind.

We pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Creation groans: we feel the marring and lament the harms. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

The cries of the needy and dispossessed call out for justice. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Strongholds against truth and compassion vaunt themselves. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

We cast our cares upon you, generous and faithful God. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth 

As we seek to walk in Light, you promise to supply our need

…sharing of needs, silently or aloud …

Seeking first your righteousness,
All things needful are shared.

The darkness of night is dissolving as the Dawn’s light draws near. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness.

We pause to recognise what of our life needs to change in the light of God’s Reign

When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
Bring us life again

We reflect on what we may need to forgive

We forgive the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
Bring us life again


We cry to the Lord in our trouble:
deliver us from our distress
Bring us out of darkness:
from out of the shadow of death 7

We reflect on the coming day:

In all that today may bring; the anticipated and the surprising, the pleasant and the testing;
Go before us, alert us to the real issues,
strengthen us for Good,
awaken us if we sleepwalk into sin,
show us the way out of the darkness:
fill us with love, hope and peace as we cling fast to you.
Amen.

In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace
.

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1 https://www.lostspeciesday.org/

2 This word can be found in Cynthia Hogue’s book of poems. It resembles “revenant”, the French word for ghost (literally, “returning”), and ‘reverie’ -a state of dreaming (in this case for a better future) and it also conjures the word ‘reverence’.  See  https://poets.org/book/revenance

3 Isaiah 40:6b-8

4 Adapted from James 1:17-18

5 2 Thessalonians 2:16

6 See Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13; Hosea 11:3f; Psalm 131:2

7 Psalm 107:13-14

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