At the end of his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis offered two prayers. This one can be shared with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful creator.
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 recognise 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.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si, n 246.
This prayer can be used at the beginning or end of an interfaith gathering.
In community prayer or at Mass, use each stanza as a prayer of intercession followed by “Lord hear our prayer”.
Invite students or members of your justice and peace or environmental group to make a visual presentation to accompany the words of Pope Francis.