Yesterday at Mass I noticed a line in the Eucharistic prayer (the set of prayers during the Liturgy of the Eucharist) that has not stood out to me before. After the “Holy, Holy” response from the congregation, the presider then calls upon the Holy Spirit and in eucharistic prayer 3 says:
“Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All life, all holiness comes from you through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so that from east to west a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your name. And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit, that they may become the body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this Eucharist.”
I was struck by the phrase “all creation rightly gives you praise”. First, the “all” encompasses the entirety of creation – all creatures, all landscapes, the sun, stars, and moon… all of it, including ourselves, “rightly gives you praise”.
How is it that creation gives God praise? Is it a constant act of praise? Is it by its very nature always lifting up praise? And how can we better recognize that creation is giving praise to God?
I hope to continue to pray with these questions, but one clue that jumped to mind is Genesis 1:31: “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” All of creation has been made very good and creation’s goodness itself gives praise to its Creator. As we lift up in prayer in the Mass, we are called to recognize creation’s goodness and how it gives God praise.