Sunday, 30 August 2015

Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

A Call to Prayer for September 1st, a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis has established an annual day of global prayer “for the Care of Creation” to boost support for the environment. This first day of prayer coincides with the build-up to a global conference to roll back the peril of climate change. “I wish to inform you that I have decided to institute in the Catholic Church the ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ which, beginning this year, is to be celebrated on 1st September,” the Pope said in a letter released by the Vatican. Francis said he had been inspired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, who have been praying for the environment on that date since the late 1980s.

“The celebration of this day, on the same date as the Orthodox Church, will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters,” the Pope said.
“We live at a time when all Christians are faced with the same decisive challenges, to which we must respond together, in order to be more credible and effective.” Many Anglicans will wish to join with the Holy Father and the Patriarch in prayer on this day.

The prayer day “will offer individual believers and communities a fitting opportunity to reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation” and reflect upon “the adoption of appropriate lifestyles,” Pope Francis said. He has become a leading defender of the environment, particularly in the fight against climate change, publishing an environmental encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’ earlier this year, which denounced exploitation of the poor and waste of the planet’s resources, and he is due to address the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September.

Hear are some prayers for us to use at this time:

O Lord, grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to end the suffering of the poor and bring healing to all of your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to use our technological inventiveness to undo the damage we have done to Your
creation and to sustain Your gift of nature.
Lord, hear our prayer.

May God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the source of all goodness and growth,
pour his blessing upon all things created,
and upon you his children,
that you may use his gifts to his glory and the welfare of all peoples;
and God’s blessing be with us all. Amen.