“If we learn how to listen, we can hear in the voice of creation a kind of dissonance. On the one hand, we can hear a sweet song in praise of our beloved Creator; on the other, an anguished plea, lamenting our mistreatment of this our common home.”
In 2015, Pope Francis proclaimed September 1st as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day kicks off the Season of Creation which runs from then until 4 October each year. This ecumenical season is dedicated to prayer and action for the protection of creation.
“Listen to the voice of creation” is the theme and invitation of this year’s Season of Creation. And resources are available in a variety of languages.
The environmental work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program is grounded in Scripture, Reformed theology, the numerous General Assembly policies that call us to care for creation, including the 1990 foundational policy ‘Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice, and prayer.
On this World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, we offer this prayer from Sr Gemma Corbett of the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.
O Holy Spirit, you hovered over the deep at the dawn of creation.
You fashioned time and space itself in the initial magnificent flaring forth.
Be with us now at this critical moment of our history.
Open our ears to the cry of the earth, suffering the effects of human
exploitation and unbridled consumption.
Open our ears to the cries of our brothers and sisters living in the midst of
extreme poverty and hunger.
Give us a deeper awareness that we are part of all that you have made,
that we are intimately connected to all that has been, all that is and all that will
Give us a deep respect for all life and help us to renew our commitment to
foster life wherever we are.
May we live lives characterized by compassion and service and may we
embody your love in our relationships with one another and with all Creation.
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