Uniting in prayer & hearing creation’s song, cry, and invitation from Asia

November 6, 2020

This movement will come together again in December for the final Global Laudato Si’ Prayer Service of 2020.

For those suffering from the fires made worse by the climate emergency. For victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines as scientists say the climate crisis likely makes such storms stronger. For victims of human trafficking and victims of COVID-19.

The prayers offered up to our Creator during the November Global Laudato Si’ Prayer Service on Friday came from all over the world, a powerful show of unity by this global movement.

Amid crises that continue to shake our foundation, more than 200 people from all over the globe came together in prayer for all members of creation.

Watch the entire Global Laudato Si’ Prayer Service below

The participants’ homes ranged from the Americas — Honduras, Peru, and the U.S., among other countries — to Europe and Africa — including Nigeria, Italy, and Croatia — to Asia and Oceania — including Australia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

To begin the service, the Sisters of Notre Dame from Patna, India, read a moving All Souls’ Day Prayer from Catholic Relief Services.

The prayer is featured in the November Laudato Si’ Resource, a document that’s created monthly to support the spiritual growth of Laudato Si’ Animators, Circles, and other members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement network. 

Commit to spiritual growth: Download the Laudato Si’ Resource

Participants of the prayer service then watched and listened to creation’s song as they virtually dived in the Philippines.

But creation in Asia is crying for help as well. Sinking villages are being engulfed by rising seas, forcing residents to reconsider their future on the islands.

These people have contributed an infinitesimal amount of the greenhouse gas emissions scientists say are causing the climate emergency, yet their lives and the lives of their children are unjustly affected.

“[Climate change] represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades.” (LS 25)

A scripture reading, a reflection written by Father Joseph Gonsalves of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, and the interactive prayers of the faithful concluded the moving service. You’re encouraged to watch the entire service here on YouTube.

Join this global movement as it comes together once more next month to hear creation’s song, cry, and invitation. Nourish your spirit by joining this global movement in prayer.

Date: Friday 4 December
Time: 8:00 New York / 14:00 Rome / 21:00 Manila
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