November 30, 2o15 — O Antiphon Lifted Up for the United Nations 2015 Climate Summit, which begins today
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
be tender with the world in which we dwell.
there’s hunger, heartbreak, war’s sharp sword,
and all your children hunger for a Word.
Give hope, give change
and help us understand –
your birth puts earth within our caring hands.
O come, O Dayspring, lead us to repair
the poisoned oceans, rain-forests we share.
The waters from deep aq-uifers,
are drying up or bitter as our tears.
O come, Desire, more true than power or wealth –
three-fifty is the limit for our health –
the carbon mono-xide kills.
Let leaders from all nations hear our bells.
O come, O Shoot of Jesse’s peaceful realm —
the wolf’s endangered and it can’t lie down.
Extinction, all things hurts and destroys,
and only children know the path to joy.
O come, O Wisdom, teach us little ways –
recycle, bike, fair trade, no lights ablaze,
our showers shorten, canvas bags re-use
our Christmas excess, gently to refuse.