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David Gladding-Vanderipe
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I have been interested in enviromental concerns all my life. Have led my parish in two Creation and Enviromental workshops. I am currently a postulant in the Third Order of the Society of Saint Francis, an Anglican religious order attached to the Society of Saint Francis.
I am an avid gardener (old roses a favorite) very interested in developing a interfaith prayer base group supporting the green Indiana, and world in whole.

The Divine Office of Creation

I have decided to call my page and my blog "The Divine Office of Creation"

It basically will be my thoughts over the year based on the Divine Office.

For those of you who are not familiar with this term, in both the Catholic and Anglican churches, and a few other Christian, the term means a series of psalms and readings, and traditional readings from the church fathers that are read on a daily basis. Some traditions say the office 7 times a day. Some only three times a day. I myself say the formal office in the am. The pm is less formal and is basically mediation.

I hope each day to write something related to creation. The formal Office has tons of creation themes, but I also hope to inclue other faiths as well.

I hope to get some feed back, if something touches you let me know, if you feel I am rambling (and most likely I will be) let me know.

Why did i choose this particluar theme? I have always prayed. No only the office, but prayer takes up a great deal of my life. And my prayer life has always had its "roots" in the creation. I can't go through a day when something doesn't strike me to praise it could be a sunset, a sunrise, stars I view at night, a goose landing in the river, a snow storm, a tornado that rips up the roots of trees.

Presently the cycle is Lent the season of dying and hope of rebirth. We Chrisitans think we have the monopoly on this theme, but I am afraid we are newbies in this knowledge. Creation has been doing this long before man even arrive on this planet. All our liturgical themes center on the rythems of creation around us. And I want to reflect on this share this.

So  here we go !

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Snake skins

Its been awhile. I've been trying to keep alive what I have in my own eco space. This summer drought has really taught me how creation takes care of herself.

Some go into hibernation. Some dormancy. and some just die. Although its sad to see something you've cultured over the years die, you also realize that your not alone in this world. And you are not the center of it either. 

I was out in the back yard with my dog Max. it was our regular routine after supper, pee and poop.…


Posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:20am

May 31, 2012 Vistation

"Listen, my faithful children;open up your petals, like roses planted near running waters; send up the sweet odor of incense;break forth in blossoms like the lily." (Sirach 39:13-16a)

This is one of the readings from the Office for the feast of the Visitation. In the RC and Anglican traditions we honor the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. 

For some reason I love this reading. Its in the Office of the Blessed Virgin, a set of readings set aside to be used along with the…


Posted on May 31, 2012 at 8:01am

May 28th 2012 Rose pedal project!

This spring  I did something I have always wanted to do. That is to make beads out of my rose pedals!

I am a rose addict! I admit I am powerless over this! Each year when plant catalogues come through the mail in the cold of winter, I look first to see if there are any roses. THEN I look at the others. 

Roses have been around millions of years. Fossils exist from that time period. I have seen them and they look like -roses. I would like to think in the garden of Eden they…


Posted on May 28, 2012 at 9:43am

May 16th 2012

"And the land shall enjoy its sabboth years as long as it it lies desolate, while you are in the land of you enemies; then the land shall rest and enjoy its sabboth years. As long as it lies desolate, it shall have the rest it did not have on your sabbaths, when you were living on it." Leviticus 34-36

This was part of todays readings from morning prayer. It kinda struck me off balance. The reading is talking about the devastation the children of Israel will receive if they do not…


Posted on May 16, 2012 at 8:34am

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