By: Ellen Teague
Following the example of the Orthodox Church, in 2015 Pope Francis declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. According to Pope Francis, "This offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live."
Columban JPIC has collated resources and sample services for 1 September at:www.columbans.co.uk/justice-peace-jpic-2/creation-time/
CAFOD - World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
The agency has produced ideas, liturgy and prayers to help you respond to Pope Francis' call to care for the gift of God's creation. https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Prayer-resources
Other resources to celebrate Creation Day and Creation Time (1st September - 4th October Feast of St Francis) can be found at: https://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-day-of-prayer
The Bishops of England and Wales will be launching the film and course 'Global Healing' (now available at www.ourcommonhome.co.uk ) to help individuals, families, parishes and diocese make a practical response to our care of creation.
The Liverpool Archdiocese J&P Commission together with CAFOD Liverpool has prepared Creation Time resources for 2016 and 2017 containing praying with the gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si' . The 2018 resource will be ready in the late Summer. This will then provide a complete course for the three years of the Church's liturgical cycle.
Resources are now available from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) for observation of Creation Time or the Season of Creation 2018. It runs from 1 September - 4 October (the Feast of St Francis of Assisi). They have been produced by various church groups: All resources can be downloaded at: https://ctbi.org.uk/creation-time-2018/
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God so loves the world by Marty Haugen