Pope Francis has declared this to be a special anniversary year for ‘Laudato si’. After five years since its publication, the urgency of the message is greater than ever. Christians around the world are praying for and caring for creation. It's time to prepare resources for liturgies during this beautiful Season of Creation. We will use this Season to renew our relationship with Creator God and all creation through celebration, conversion and commitment. This year’s Season of Creation is a time to consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living. We share a common role as caretakers (kaitiaki) of God’s creation. We rejoice in this opportunity to care for our common home.
Watch this 1 min video from Pope Francis HERE
The Season of Creation website has many good resources for participating in community activities. Catholic resources include a Laudato si Mass, Prayer of the faithful, Praying outdoors and more. HERE
Pope Francis Special Message on the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation 1 Sept HERE
Letter encouraging participation in the Season of Creation from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. HERE
The theme of Jubilee for the Earth arises from an urgent need for a period of restoration and hope, a jubilee for the Earth, which requires radically new ways of living with creation.
Jubilee for the Earth – new rhythms, new hope is a 40 page celebration guide for the Season. Filled with ideas for events, ecumenical prayer service, advocacy and prayer. Click HERE
Do you think you are living, aware of your ecological impact?
Take this Ecological Examen. HERE
Season of Creation 2020 Prayer Card HERE
Take the Creation Stations walk with this presentation. Using scripture passages from Genesis reflect on the creation story HERE
We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. (Laudato si’ #139)
And everything is connected. Ā, kei te honono i ngā mea kātoa.
During this Season of Creation we will be publishing a variety of ideas for your liturgies. Each week there will be offerings linked to the Scriptures of the Sunday. Watch this space for new resources each week between 1 September and 4 October. The following suggestions were written by a collaboration between three parish groups in preparation for the Season of Creation.
Sept 6 Link HERE
Sept 13 Link HERE
Sept 20 Link HERE
Sept 27 Link HERE
Oct 4 Link HERE
Music you could include during this Season of Creation
All creatures of our God and King
Peace is flowing like a river
Make me a channel of your peace
Give thanks with a grateful heart
All things bright and beautiful
Now thank we all our God
This is my commandment I give you
The Lord Hears the cry of the poor
Awesome God (Chris Skinner)
Human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships:
with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. (Laudato si’ #66)