Season of Creation Begins with World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
In 2015 Pope Francis asked Catholics to join with the Orthodox Church to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. A number of other Christian churches had already joined them in it for a number of years. Now the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is an annual event in the Catholic Church too. In fact Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew joined together to make this statement for 2017.
As Pope Francis explains, it is a “significant occasion for prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate lifestyles.” Read his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation here.
Celebrated on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation now marks the beginning of the Season of Creation.
Pope Francis’ Message for the Season of Creation 2018
How will you respond to Pope Francis’ message this year?
A Catholic Season of Creation
The idea of celebrating a Season of Creation began in the Lutheran Church in Adelaide, Australia in 2000. Now many different churches all over the world take part. In 2016 the Catholic Church joined in.
The season embraces the four Sundays of September before the Feast of St Francis of Assisi – 4 October. Norman Habel explains:
“The season of Creation offers an opportunity for churches to introduce new visual elements into their worship and to be ecumenical and connected with creation in a particular context.”
Read more about the history of the Season of Creation here.
Prayers of Intercession for the Season of Creation
Although it is not part of the liturgical year, we can include prayers of intercession for the Season of Creation in the liturgies for the Sundays of September. Some examples are offered here.
2019 Catholic Resources Year C
The Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice provides excellent resources for the Season of Creation for Catholic congregations and schools. They include prayer, reflection and action ideas and are linked to the readings in the Catholic lectionary. Download resources here.
2017 Catholic Resources Year A
Download Catholic resources for the Season of Creation 2017 here.
2016 Catholic Resources Year C
Download Catholic resources for the Season of Creation 2016 here.
More on Catholic Teaching
Find out more about Catholic teaching on integral ecology here.
Learn about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ on the care of our common home here.