The Cosmic Prayer, also called the Cosmic Walk, was created as an interactive meditation on the story of the universe. Participants follow the timeline while the major events in the history of the universe and our earth are narrated. The text was written by Sister Miriam MacGillis based on the works of Thomas Berry (environmentalist and priest) and Brian Swimme (founder of the Center for the Story of the Universe). It has subsequently been modified and facilitated by many people around the world.
Advent invites us to look back upon Christ’s coming, and at the same time, look ahead in prayerful expectation to the full manifestation of Christ in us and in all things. What better time to ponder God’s creation, which is both miraculous and unfinished?
Let us join with the church everywhere, singing in hope and expectation of Christ’s second coming:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
“Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards or measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God.”