World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

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Friday, September 1 is World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, celebrated by the Orthodox Church since 1989 and by the Roman Catholic Church since 2015. It is also the beginning of the Season of Creation, which ends on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis.

We are excited by the momentum among Catholics to live Laudato Sí and respond to Pope Francis’ challenge to hear the cries of the earth and of the poor, and we recognize what folks are already doing to promote the encyclical and the new way of living to which it calls us. But here are some other suggestions that you may use during this special time.

We invite you to visit the Season of Creation website, which includes resources for developing a prayer service, where you live or work, and joining in advocacy. Pray and take action during the Season of Creation with Pope Francis and Christians around the globe. Last year there were more than 300 events, many of them ecumenical.

Share with others the Catholic Climate Covenant’s four-part Season of Creation prayer series, Finding God in the Wilderness. You may register to download that here.

Available also, is a 2017 Feast of St. Francis program, Befriend the Wolf: A Blessing of All Creation, which can be used on October 4th, or on any other date you choose. The Feast of St. Francis program includes a Blessing of the Animals liturgy.

You can also promote the Catholic Climate Covenant’s St. Francis/Laudato Sí pledge that urges US Catholics to pray, live and advocate Laudato Sí. The Global Catholic Climate Movement hopes that at least 1 million Catholics will sign similar pledges worldwide and start taking action to care for creation. You may view here a video of Cardinal Tagle of Manila, Philippines, urging people to make such a pledge.

September 1 — A Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.