Join the Season of Creation | Sept 1 – Oct 4
On September 1 Christians churches came together to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the Season of Creation between that day and October 4 – the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Major Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican organizations have joined to encourage the 2.2 billion Christians worldwide to pray and act on ecological issues next month, promoting a new ecumenical website with special resources, SeasonOfCreation.org.
Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew released their special messages for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, kicking off the month-long Season of Creation celebrations. Both leaders used strong language to stress the urgency of the ecological crisis and the need to take action on climate change. Their special messages are available here.
Pope Francis said in his message, “Christians or not, as people of faith and goodwill, we should be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion.”
Patriarch Bartholomew said in his message, “During the [World Day of Prayer for Creation], from the Ecumenical Patriarchy we recall the need to make everyone aware of the ecological problems faced by our planet.”
Meanwhile, Christian Churches are organizing and supporting hundreds of events worldwide until the Season of Creation’s close on October 4th, by collaborating through the ecumenical website seasonofcreation.org. Hundreds of prayer services on 6 continents have already been reported and many more are being planned, with lots of them being ecumenical in nature and with participation of local bishops and faith leaders.
The Season of Creation, originally launched by the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople in 1989 has been progressively joined by other Christian churches, with the Pope announcing the Roman Catholic Church’s participation last year. Vespers at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican at 5pm this evening presided by the Pope and attended by leaders from other Christian denominations will be the formal launch of the Season.