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The Eight Days Of Creation & The Song Of Eden

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

The theme of creation examines the Genesis account of the world's and mankind's creation, concentrating on how it is to be understood, the essence of humanity, and Thomas Aquinas' beliefs.

We’ve all had one of those days. Alternatively, it may be one of those weeks. How are we going to get everything done? If only we had one more hour in the day. Alternatively, add one additional day to the week. Even if we had the ability to wave a magic wand and have our desire come true, we'd quickly realize that we'd need just a little bit more time than we've been given. On the other side, we regularly find ourselves looking forward to the end of the day. Or we feel that a rough week can’t be finished fast enough.

What Are The Days Of Creation In Order?

The theme of creation examines the Genesis account of the world's and mankind's creation, concentrating on how it is to be understood, the essence of humanity, and Thomas Aquinas' beliefs. This story continues by describing the creation's seven days:

  • In the beginning, God began creation on the first day
  • Light was created on the second day
  • The sky was created on the third day; dry land, seas, plants, and trees were created on the fourth day
  • The Sun, Moon, and stars were created on the fifth day
  • Sea creatures and flying creatures were created on the sixth day
  • Land animals and finally humans, created in the image of God, were created on the seventh day
  • God completed his work of creation and rested.

Text by Karl Kohlhase, 2009 Icons by Others All praise to our God and Maker

On The First Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let there be light”

And it was so

O light preceding sun, moon, and stars

Most perfect, most beautiful, undimming light

O First Day of the Incarnate Word

The Light of Men conceived

In the hidden womb of the Virgin Mary

When the Spirit of God hovered over the waters

O radiant Light shining in the darkness

Where no eye can see

O brilliant Embryonic Light

Bright beyond all comprehension

Source of all light, all knowledge, and all wisdom

The first spark of Enlightenment

For every human soul

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Second Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let there be an expanse

Separating the waters above

From the waters below”

O air that I breathe

O life-giving atmosphere

Expansive height and breadth

In which I freely move

O Second Day on which Christ

Gave His birthing cry

Separated from the exalted waters

Of Mary’s Immaculate Womb

And entering, through compassion,

The lower waters of our human misery

Thus joining Heaven and Earth in Himself

And filling his lungs with the air

Held in common by all mankind

O Breath of Heaven come down to earth

All souls learn the rhythm of prayer on the Second Day

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Third Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let dry ground emerge from the waters

Sprouting grain for Our bread

And grapes for Our wine”

O blessed Earth, rock upon which I stand

Apart from you I drown in the raging waters

O blessed Christ emerging

From the waters of the Jordan

Foreshadowing that Third Day of Your rising

Like Jonah from the deep abyss of death

O Grain of Wheat

Blessed Seed planted in the earth

Dying to bring forth

The abundant harvest of Love

O beautiful Eucharistic Garden

Planted in the heart of Eden

Your sprawling carpet turns green

And your fruit trees begin to blossom

Deeply rooted amidst the four rivers

That flow from the wounds of the Crucified

On this Third Day all willing souls are baptized

Emerging with a new nature

Remade in God’s image

And bearing good fruit

For the life and healing of the nations

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Fourth Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let there be lights in the heavens

To brighten the earth”

O morning sun, my eyes delight

In all the colors God has made

O moon and stars make glad the night

And mark the times in which we live

Exalted Rabbi, Lord, and Teacher,

Your words now fill the earth with light

The sun that shines is love for God

Reflected in the moon of love for neighbor

And on this day all souls in Christ

Are graced to contemplate the stars

Those countless points of illumination

Helping us navigate our way to God

In the dark night of faith

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Fifth Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let the waters and the skies be filled with living creatures”

O swarming life, abundant life

Help us to see the depths and heights

Of God’s truth and love

The oyster forms her pearl below

While the eagle soars high above

O blessed day upon the Mount of Transfiguration

Where the radiant Christ reveals His interior luminescence

From the Red Sea floor of Moses

To the mystical clouds of Elijah

The abundant light and life of Christ

Are made known

On this day God enables befriended souls to see

Both the inner depths of their true secret selves

And their lofty potential in Jesus Christ

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Sixth Day

God spoke His creative Word

And His voice was like the sound of many oceans

“Let the earth bring forth all kinds of beasts

And let Us make man in Our image”

On this day the Man was alone in the Garden

With no beast found suitable to help Him

And no one who could comprehend His Language

So He laid down His life on this Good Friday

And was pierced in His sacred side

From the blood which flowed between His ribs

His Bride, the Church, was formed

One who could finally help Him

In caring for the garden of all hearts

So that all men and women might learn to understand

His Mystical Communications

Now the two became one

God and Man were bound together in holy Love

For this is eternal life

To know the only God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent

O glorious human potential, most humane humanity

Elevated by Christ above all bestial nature

And crowned with wisdom, truth, and love

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Seventh Day

God rested from all His work

And His silence was like the sound of many oceans

Having said from the Cross of Redemption, “It is finished”

He rested in the closed tomb

Thus opening the way to our Sabbath Rest

Our Promised Land flowing with milk and honey

Our Zion of everlasting praise and thanksgiving

Our Jerusalem, the City of Peace

And He calls His Bride

To join Him in the tomb

Honoring His holy Sabbath

By resting from her old works of the False Self

Here on this day, purified souls say in truth

“I have died, I am buried with Christ,

And it is no longer I who live,

But Christ now lives in me

For I am a most willing captive

Of the consuming fire called Divine Love”

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

On The Eighth Day

We return to the First Day

From the darkness of the tomb we hear again in silence

As the stone is rolled away

“Let there be light”

Alleluia! Alleluia!

All things are made and made new

By Him, through Him, with Him, in Him, and for Him

May every heart adore the crucified and risen Lord

With the Father and the Holy Spirit

One Triune and Everlasting God

This is the Day that the Lord has made

Let us rejoice and be glad in it

The Song Of Eden

The Garden of God’s planting tells her story

The Garden of Eden sings her song

Barren and desolate, I cried to the Lord

For there was no Man to till my stony soil

No rain for my desert

No green sprouts to cover my naked ground

Like an empty corpse I felt nothing

Not even the slightest breath of gratitude

Or love for my Maker

Then I perceived Him, in time and beyond time

The Man arising from my dusty substance

Behold, the New Earth emerging!

A mist began to form on the surface

And His sweat became as great drops of blood

Saturating and softening the fallow ground of Gethsemane

Then I perceived the tilling action

Of this beloved and tender Gardener

Covered with deep lacerations from head to toe

He shouldered the heavy plow

Hoeing the row all the way to Golgotha

Removing old thorns, sewing new seeds, and praying

For the first signs of the harvest

Then I perceived in the middle of this garden

The Tree of Life growing tall

And a single river flowed from one Sacred Heart

Becoming four rivers at the wounds

Created by three driven nails

And one piercing lance

The name of the foremost is Pishon

Flowing around the whole land of Havilah

Where there is gold

And the gold of that land is good

Yes! The River flows from Eden

Making glad the City of God

The New Jerusalem adorned as a Bride

With streets of gold transparent as crystal

Love is awakened

The fruitful garden now blooms

And the whole earth will be full of His glory!

Alleluia!

The Man who slept

The Man who was pierced in His sacred side

That blessed Gardener is alive forevermore

And the barren garden of Gethsemane

Now blossoms with the Easter Lilies of Arimathea

For His blood makes the once closed Gate of Eden

Open again to all who believe in His name