Pope Francis has recently created September 1st as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. The Holy Father said that “the annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live”.
The World Day of Prayer for Creation begins a Season of Creation, which runs from 1st September until the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, on October 4th. Pope Francis said that this “is a time conducive to the praise of God for all his creatures and the assumption of responsibility in the face of the cry of the Earth”
Prayer for the World Day of Prayer:
Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.
Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created,
using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love,
peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.
You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.