Science Proves It: Creation Actually Sings Praise!

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There is a moment in the dawn — and it comes again in the gloaming, the evening twilight — when a stillness falls, and for just the merest second it seems like the veil between heaven and earth has thinned out and may be more easily pierced. The birds chirp; the leaves rustle; the crickets cheep. It is a moment. If you happen to be taking part in Lauds or Vespers at that time, you can particularly feel it slip in and then away. A moment of singularity; one-ness with creation.

As weakly as I have experienced that moment, if I should ever encounter it again I will know that I am one with this astonishing hymn of praise which must be how God hears his smallest creatures; and if he hears their reality so intimately, how much more can we trust that God will hear and know our realities intimately, as well?

It puts me in mind of Saint Thérèse Couderc, the pushed aside and undervalued foundress of the Cenacle Sisters, who accepted her diminishment in the eyes of the world, because she understood that the eyes of God saw something else, entirely:

I saw as in letters of gold this word Goodness, which I repeated for a long while with an indescribable sweetness. I saw it, I say, written on all creatures, animate and inanimate, rational or not, all bore this name of goodness. I saw it even on the chair I was using as a kneeler. I understood then that all that these creatures have of good and all the services and helps that we receive from each of them are a blessing that we owe to the goodness of our God, who has communicated to them something of his infinite goodness, so that we may meet it in everything and everywhere.

The world in silence, glitters gold.

Someone said they thought this sounded like Russian chant. It does. It sounds like liturgy.

UPDATE: A nun wrote to me, “I immediately thought of Tertullian on prayer in the breviary for Lent. I think it is the 3rd week. He talks about how even all the animals pray.” Yes. I’m going to remember this, come Advent, too.

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  • Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

    Thank you, Elizabeth. That one-ness with creation is amazingly beautiful and really indescribable – it’s God!

  • kmk1916

    Overlay it with this:
    Especially Saturn. Kids and I are listening now… . Love the internet sometimes!

  • mmcnealy

    Thank you for sharing this, it is so beautiful and amazing to hear the voices of creation.

  • Win Nelson

    Oh this is wonderful! Thank you, Elizabeth!

  • Manny

    Wow! That was thrilling. I had it on for the full hour. It does sound like some sort of liturgical chant.

  • Peg

    I am reminded of a remark attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, to the effect that crows lift up their “beautiful” voices in praise to God. It always made me laugh, but after hearing these crickets what do I know?

  • Kevin A. McGrath

    The slowed down cricket chirps sound like the voices of a choir in a cavernous church. The overlayed ‘regular’ cricket chirps sounded like the bells on an Eastern Rite thurible shaking as a priest censes the altar. Fascinating – finding order and harmony even in the seemingly random noises of nature.

  • Norcalo

    The birds tweet at dawn; and since the dawn line moves across the earth, it means that there is a wave of bird tweeting that sweeps the continent for three hours, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. And in fact the dawn line and the sunset line are connected near the poles, and it is all one line, and it moves, and really there ever has been only one sunset/sunrise since the creation of the earth.

  • Mark Mathias

    It is very beautiful, and your meditation on it very lovely, but I wouldn’t say that it isn’t manipulated by the human engineer. It sounds like Mr. Wilson chose to vary the speed or playback pitch just enough to produce a harmonic modulation like the changes of chord in humanly created music, and yes, it sounds as though he has chosen to have it mimic Russian liturgy. It would have been more honest for this to have been made clear by the originator of the sound clip. Now that I try to go back and listen again the link seems to have disappeared. Mr. Wilson and his crickets together have made a beautiful song of praise!

  • Honoria1

    In our heart of hearts we know this to be true, just as the angels gather for the first light of dawn.

  • Manny

    Sorry for the double post, but since last night when I listened to it, I took out my Rachmaninoff Vespers because you said someone said it sounded like Russian liturgy, and behold it does. I only listened to it quickly early this morning but I swear it sounded just like “Hymn to Mother of God,” track 15 from this:

    Also, listen to a variety of the Vespers on youtube and see the similarity:

  • Barbara

    This reminds me of a post of yours several months ago (can you link it for me?) about a camera (I think) which captured colors and glimmering on people. Do you recall? It seems there’s more going on with/in/around us than our feeble eyes/ears notice.