Commemorating Mary Oliver, Poet

Thursday, January 21, 2021 (All day)
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Will your faith community join Holy Hikes in commemorating Mary Jane Oliver, Poet, and her legacy of word which magnifies our place in the family of God’s creation? We invite your congregation to honor her with a commemoration on the proposed feast date January 17, when she passed from this earthly realm that she so adored to the eternal journey that lies ahead. Below you will find collects, both Rite I and Rite II, inspired from her own writing. We also have included proposed propers, a link to where you can purchase an icon or prayer candles commemorating her, and a bio. If you end up holding a local celebration, please send details and photos to holyhikes@gmail.com. 

Collects

Rite I (traditional): God of dirt, we thank thee for the life and written word of Mary Jane Oliver, a bride married to amazement. We give thee thanks for her prolific writing that has opened our hearts to the whimsy and wonder of thy creation and unveiled the improbable beauty present in all thy works. Give us gentleness and grace to see this world through her eyes that we may believe again in kindness, mischief, and singing, to the glory of thy Name, through Jesus Christ, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Rite II (contemporary): God of dirt, we thank you for the life and written word of Mary Jane Oliver, a bride married to amazement. We give you thanks for her prolific writing that has opened our hearts to the whimsy and wonder of your creation and unveiled the improbable beauty present in all your works. Give us gentleness and grace to see this world through her eyes that we may believe again in kindness, mischief, and singing, to the glory of your Name, through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Proposed Propers:
Job 39:1-8,26-27
Romans 8:18-27
Matthew 6:25-34
Psalm 104:1-4, 10-24

Icons of Mary: https://kelly-latimore.pixels.com/featured/mary-oliver-kelly-latimore.html 
Prayer candles: https://www.artpal.com/KLicons?i=117810-14 
The Life of Mary Oliver: https://www.episcopalcafe.com/pultizer-prize-winning-poet-mary-oliver-dies-at-83/

Photo by Cam Miller. Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).