Categories: General Date: Aug 30, 2017 Title: Time for Creation
The five-week period between September 1 and October 4 is known as Time for Creation. September 1 is the beginning of the Orthodox Church Year, a date when, since 1989, the Orthodox Church also commemorates God’s Creation by observing a Day of Prayer for the Environment. In August 2015, Pope Francis announced the establishment of a World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to be observed annually on September 1. October 4 was chosen to mark the end of the Time for Creation as it is the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology. We are encouraged during this time especially to pray, to organize practical initiatives to combat the environmental crisis facing our planet and to reflect on ways to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the environment.
The proposal to celebrate a Time for Creation was made by the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007. This would be a five-week period, beginning on September 1 (the Orthodox commemoration of God’s creation) and ending on October 4(the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi).
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.
Read the message of Pope Francis for the second World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, entitled Show Mercy to our Common Home.
Watch the presentation by Pope Francis entitled Care for Creation.