Enlarge Within Us a Sense of Fellowship

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Prayers of Compassion

Enlarge Within Us a Sense of Fellowship
By St. Basil (300? - 375 A.D.)

The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.

Oh, God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things; with our brothers the animals to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us.

We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of travail..

May we realize that they live not for us alone, but for themselves, and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life even as we, and serve Thee in their place better than we in others.