Of all the sabbats and sacred days that I follow, the Summer Solstice is the one in which I find myself looking to give back to the Earth and find ways to add my healing energy to the land and waters. Here is a short compilation of blessings, prayers, inspirational quotes and chants (from various faiths and cultures) that can be used for just this sort of ritual. Enjoy!
An Ojibway Prayer
Teach us love, compassion,
That we may heal the earth
And heal each other.
Visit Blade and Cauldron at Youtube.com for a chant to heal the waters of the Earth. Though originally created at the time for healing the Gulf of Mexico after a terrible spill, it's certainly still appropriate today.
by Thich Nhat Hahn
Water flows over these hands.
May I use them skillfully
to preserve our precious planet.
Thank You for This Earth
-a Protestant Prayer
We thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn's fruit, rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers.
Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.
For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities for new beginnings and new discoveries. Life is constantly changing and renewing itself. In this new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible. We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening to the wonder that our lives are and, yet, can be.
Being (A Pagan Prayer)
by Abby Willowroot
I breathe in life
my atoms mingle
with all creation
Prayer to Jord for Earth Healing
O Green Mother beneath my feet,
Hard and implacable as bedrock,
Mother of mountains, mother of moss-covered stone,
Mother of Thunder, mother of Hammer-Wielder,
Daughter of Night, daughter of star-laden lakes,
Know of another chant or prayer that should be included? Leave it (or a link to it if it's a current, copyrighted work) in comments!