Season of Creation 2016
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. It is celebrated on 1 September. Other Christian churches have joined them in it for a number of years. The day is now an annual event in the Catholic Church. 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.
Now Pope Francis is asking Catholics to join in the Season of Creation 2016.
A Catholic Season of Creation 2016
Pope Francis is building on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation by inviting Catholics to join in celebrating the Season of Creation. The idea of celebrating a Season of Creation began in the Lutheran Church in Adelaide, Australia in 2000. Now it is celebrated by many different churches all over the world.
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.
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 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.
Watch Pope Francis’ Video
Pope Francis invites us to pray for the care of creation on 1 September and to take action during the Season of Creation. What action will you take between 1 September and 4 October?