Praying the nitrogen cycle

posted by Kaihsu Tai on November 8th, 2009

God our Creator, we thank you for the elemental nitrogen, which forms the silent majority in the air we breathe. We thank you for the bacteria that fixate nitrogen from the air, activating the element for metabolism in the biosphere.

With John Seymour, companion of Saint Fritz Schumacher, we remember the nitrogen cycle: We recall how humanity has split this one wonderful system into the two problems of pollution and the need of artificial fertilization.

We grieve for the wasted material containing fixated nitrogen, polluting the rivers and seas rather than fertilizing the land. We commit to you our anxieties about the Haber–Bosch process, which fixates nitrogen to make fertilizers by burning large amounts of fossil fuels.

God the Holy Spirit, give us wisdom and courage to repair and complete the nitrogen cycle.

Now we join the Society of Ordained Scientists in this collect: Almighty God, Creator and Redeemer of all that is, source and foundation of time and space, matter and energy, life and consciousness: Grant us in this Society and all who study the mysteries of your creation, grace to be true witnesses to your glory and faithful stewards of your gifts.

We pray all this through Jesus Christ, who is Alpha and Omega – who completes the cycle and reconciles all things to himself. Amen.

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  1. On November 9, 2009 at 08:00 Richard Lawson said:

    Amen. Especially the bit about poisoning the sea with valuable nitrogenous substances that should be fertilising the soil.

  2. On November 11, 2009 at 12:56 Mike Ciul said:

    Beautiful. Thank you, Kaihsu.

  3. On November 11, 2009 at 17:29 Mike said:

    MP3 link: Stale Urine’s Haber-Bosch