Categories: General Date: Sep 1, 2017 Title: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
On September 1, the Catholic Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In honor of this third annual World Day of Prayer, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have issued a joint message, inviting all to prayer and to reflection on wise use of the earth's resources.
"Therefore, united by the same concern for God’s creation and acknowledging the earth as a shared good, we fervently invite all people of goodwill to dedicate a time of prayer for the environment on 1 September. On this occasion, we wish to offer thanks to the loving Creator for the noble gift of creation and to pledge commitment to its care and preservation for the sake of future generations. After all, we know that we labour in vain if the Lord is not by our side (cf. Ps 126-127), if prayer is not at the centre of our reflection and celebration. Indeed, an objective of our prayer is to change the way we perceive the world in order to change the way we relate to the world. The goal of our promise is to be courageous in embracing greater simplicity and solidarity in our lives."
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In 2015, Pope Francis instituted a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be celebrated annually on September 1st. The announcement of this day of prayer followed the publication in June, 2015, of the Pope’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si’. The Orthodox Church has celebrated a Day of Prayer for the Environment on September 1 since 1989. Metropolitan John of Pergamon represented the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the public presentation of Pope Francis` encyclical and suggested at that time that all Christians join in prayer on September 1.
In early August, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Roman Catholic Church, to be observed annually on September 1. The annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis said, will be a time for individuals and communities to "reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live."
Pope Francis also prepared a message last year , entitled Show Mercy to Our Common Home, for the celebration of this World Day of prayer. This message situated our living-out of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si within the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Catholics are encouraged to organize prayer and practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet and to reflect on the ways our lifestyles impact the environment.
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