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Litany for Almost Extinct Animals

Prayer at the very first festival of Extinction Rebellion, January 26, 2020 in Ot301, Amsterdam, during the bushfires in Australia.

We have gathered here together to pray for species that are almost extinct. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. We also pray for the animals and endangered species in Australia, where the bushfires are.

In this prayer we connect with the engangered species and make them present with our body and breath: we sing the names of endangered species aloud.
We ask saints to pray for us and the animals. The saints we call on, love animals, St. Francis, St. Mary Mackillop of Australia, St Melangell. The lovely thing about these saints is, that when we stop praying, they will go on, and carry our prayer along.


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This is how we are going to do it. We will stand in a circle and in turn we sing their names. Each participant sings a name of a species and then their neighbour. Everyone sings in their own way, just as he/she/they feel how the animal is best represented with their voice. Maybe loud, soft, rhythmical, hissing, whispered, sad or joyful. Just do it in your own way, as you want to sing this name. In that way you sing them alive and present. There is no set melody for this. You just improvise.
There are songs and spoken texts between the singing of the names. We pick up the singing of the names where we end, with the next person. If you are the last one to sing a name before these parts, your neighbour picks it up again.

Here you find a practice video for the sung Kyrië (Bell). And here is the melody of the last song: "Bless the Lord my Soul" (Berthier).

Let’s start.
Leader: We call on St.Francis of Assisi. Lover of animals. So much, that he picked up a worm to carry it to a safe place. Saint Francis, we bring to you the names of endangered animals and ask you to protect them.

In turn we sing their names.
Amur Leopard, Black Rhino, Bornean Orangutan, Cross River Gorilla, Eastern Lowland Gorilla, Sumatran Orangutan, Hawksbill Lowland Gorilla, Asian Elephant, Javan Rhino, Orangutan, Blue Whale, Sumatran Rhino, Vaquita, Saola, Hawksbill Turtle, Western Lowland Gorilla, Yangtze Finless Porpoise, African Wild Dog, Sumatran Elephant, Black-footed Ferret, Sunda Tiger, Bluefin Tuna.

All: FRANCIS OF ASSISI, PRAY FOR US

Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Kyrië, (Bell)

Leader: We call on St.Mary Mackillop, patron saint of Australia, lover of horses,
to protect all animals from the fires. We bring to you the names of endangered species.

In turn we sing their names:
Long-footed Potoroo, Dunnart, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Silver-headed Antechinus, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Pygmy Possum, Green Carpenter Bee, Yellow-bellied Glider, Regent Honeyeater, Rufous Scrub-bird, Hastings River Mouse, Bright Yellow Southern Corroboree Frog.

All: ST MARY MACKILLOP, PRAY FOR US

Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Kyrië, (Bell)

Leader: We call on St.Melangell. She provided sanctuary for animals. We bring to you the names of endangered species and ask you to protect them.

In turn we sing their names.
Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Mountain Gorilla, Tiger, Ganges River Dolphin, Sei Whale, Indian Elephant, Indus River Dolphin, Whale Shark, Irrawaddy Dolphin, Sea Turtle, Red Panda, Sea Lions, Chimpanzee, Humphead Wrasse, Sri Lankan Elephant, Galápas Penguin, Whale, Bonobo, Fin Whale, North Atlantic Right Whale.

All: ST MELANGELL, PRAY FOR US

Leader: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

Kyrië, (Bell)

Leader: We pray for us, humans,
For firefighters in Australia who risk their lives:
All: ST MARY MACCILLOP, PROTECT THEM
For people who protect endangered animals:
All: ST MELANGELL, PRAY FOR ENDURANCE
For politicians we pray, that they will speak the truth and act on it.
All: GOD, SHOW THE WAY
For hunters and frackers, and people who destroy forests, we pray:
All: GOD, TURN THEIR FEET
For our complicity with the toxic system we live in, we pray:
All: GOD, DELIVER US FROM EVIL
For climate activists, so many lost their lives, we mourn and keep silent.
(silence)
For Extinction Rebellion we pray, for Fridays for Future, for Code Rood, for all climate activists in the world:
All: GOD, GIVE US STRENGTH
Leader: For the whole of your Creation we pray
All: CHRIST, RENEW US
Leader: God, be praised through all your creatures,
through Brother Sun, Sister Moon and the stars, and Brother Wind,
through Sister Water, and Brother Fire.
And especially through Sister Mother Earth.
All: WE BLESS YOU
Bless the Lord my Soul (Berthier)

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