Blessing Prayer for the Planting of a Tree

Lord and Holy Creator of Trees and Forests,
Come and place Your blessing of life upon this
Crimson King Maple
That we have planted here.

Watering with water from Catherine’s Spring in Kentucky.

In the Garden of Eden,
you planted both the tree of knowledge and
the tree of life.
May this Crimson King Maple tree
be a tree of life to all the earth.
May its leaves breathe forth the life-breath of oxygen.
May its branches be living space for those who climb
among them and for birds of the air
that shall nest there.
May those in need of shelter from the
summer heat find in its shade a refreshing refuge.
May it give to all who look upon it
the gift of life-renewing beauty.

Watering with water from the well on this property.

Lord, this our new tree
is a stranger to us and we to it.
Remind us whenever we may pass by to make it
feel at home by speaking to it with love,
by greeting it with a song and a blessing.

May this tree’s cousins in creation –
other trees, grasses and wild flowers –
welcome it and help it to recover from the
shock of being moved.
As blessings, peace and life were the fruits
of the tree of the Cross of Your Son, Jesus,
may those same fruits flow from this
Crimson King Maple
that has been planted in Your holy name,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Watering with water from the birthplace of St. Vincent de Paul in Daux, France.

Reading: Psalm 1

Creator of life and Sustainer of seed and soil, of tree and flower, you have created this world and all that lives in it. It is to You that we come in this prayer of dedication and blessing, for you are the giver of life and sustainer of all that lives. May this tree dig deep roots and grow wide branches to bear witness of your abundant love and grace to us.

Watering with the mixture of the waters that were used in the transfer of vows ceremony on November 15, 2008.

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