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Behold God’s creation: Season of caring for our common home

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This month-long focus on our call to ecological consciousness appropriately begins on the World Day of Prayer for Creation (Sept. 1) and ends on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of ecology (Oct. 4). While the Roman Catholic Church only formally joined this observation in 2015, the World Day of Prayer for Creation was proclaimed by the Orthodox Church in 1989 with other major European Christian churches joining in 2001. 

The Day of Prayer for Creation has since grown into the Season of Creation to promote flexibility for increased involvement through various prayer services and engagement in differing actions of creation care throughout the month. The evolution of this particular prayer intention from a single day in a sole faith community to a season invoking worldwide, ecumenical and interfaith participation calls to mind the sentiments expressed by Pope Francis at the inception of Laudato si’, that care for our common home and glorification of God’s creation are issues of global concern, affecting “every person living on this planet” (LS 3). 

In support of the Season of Creation proclaimed by faith leaders, the following organizations will facilitate awareness and engagement during the 2016 observance: ACT Alliance, Global Catholic Climate Movement, GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners in Action for the Earth, Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and World Council of Churches.

SeasonofCreation.org has compiled a hefty list of liturgical resources that can be used for both personal and communal prayer. Consider planning a Eucharistic Adoration service for Creation Day, praying a Guided Rosary on Caring for Creation, organizing a Prayer Vigil for Creation, joining the World Day of Prayer for Creation on Facebook or simply praying “A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation” and “A Prayer for Our Earth” composed by Pope Francis at the conclusion of “Laudato Si’”. 

These resources and more can be found at SeasonofCreation.org/liturgical-resources. Whether in serene, personal contemplation or jubilant, communal gathering, the possibilities for prayer for creation are as numerous as the creatures that call this planet home.

SeasonofCreation.org also provides five simple suggestions for taking action for a lived response to our ecological call: Join nearly 1 million Catholics in signing the Catholic Climate Petition to reduce the negative effects of humanity on the Earth’s climate and aid the poorest and most vulnerable people in coping with the drastic impacts of climate change; promote “Laudato Si’” and its message with a study group in your parish, school or community; encourage your parish to go green; live simply and sustainably by reducing your carbon footprint; and urge your community to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in clean energy solutions. 

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has compiled abundant resources for each of these initiatives, which can be accessed by exploring the Season of Creation: Take Action webpage.

Pope Francis, faith leaders of the world, the poor and vulnerable and creation itself call us to be passionate in prayer and ardent in action during this Season of Creation and all seasons of the year. As human beings entrusted to be caretakers of our common home, we should respond to this call zealously and without hesitation. 

Do you know a person, parish, school or community that is planning something for the the Season of Creation? Let us know. E-mail Mission Outreach and Communication Coordinator, Stephanie Clary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Last modified onTuesday, 03 January 2017 11:15
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