Liturgical Time

Season of Creation 2020: Jubilee for the Earth

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The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. It is a time when we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

When is it?

The Season of Creation begins each year on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology.

History

This season evolved from a day of prayer for creation, celebrated in 1989, by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The World Council of Churches was instrumental in expanding the day to a season, which the Roman Catholic Church brought into its liturgical calendar officially in 2015.

2020 Theme: Jubilee for the Earth

This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation ... This year’s Season of Creation is a time to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social, and political ways of living ... The need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. We yearn for the moral imagination that accompanies the Jubilee.

Prayer

Let us pray together the Season of Creation Prayer:

Creator of Life,

At Your word, the Earth brought forth plants yielding seed and trees of every kind bearing fruit. The rivers, mountains, minerals, seas and forests sustained life.

The eyes of all looked to You to satisfy the needs of every living thing. And throughout time the Earth has sustained life. Through the planetary cycles of days and seasons, renewal and growth, you open your hand to give creatures our food in the proper time.

In your Wisdom, you granted a Sabbath; a blessed time to rest in gratitude for all that you have given; a time to liberate ourselves from vicious consumption; a time to allow the land and all creatures to rest from the burden of production.

But these days our living pushes the planet beyond its limits. Our demands for growth, and our never-ending cycle of production and consumption are exhausting our world. The forests are leached, the topsoil erodes, the fields fail, the deserts advance, the seas acidify, the storms intensify. We have not allowed the land to observe her Sabbath, and the Earth is struggling to be renewed.

During this Season of Creation, we ask you to grant us courage to observe a Sabbath for our planet. Strengthen us with the faith to trust in your providence. Inspire us with the creativity to share what we have been given. Teach us to be satisfied with enough. And as we proclaim a Jubilee for the Earth, send Your Holy Spirit to renew the face of creation.

In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3

Reference:
seasonofcreation.org