creation_dayArchbishop Miller’s letter on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Earlier this month, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, an annual celebration to commence Tuesday, September 1.

This new day of prayer follows the tradition of the Orthodox Churches who similarly celebrate on this date, making this in the words of the Pope, “a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our Orthodox brothers and sisters.”

The Pope’s recent encyclical Laudato Si calls us to respond to the ecological crisis the world is experiencing. It summons us to a profound spiritual conversion in which our relationship with Jesus is reflected in our relationship with God, our neighbour, and the world around us.

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A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!
Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!
Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.
God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.


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