The Canticle of Creation (by Saint Francis of Assisi)
O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord God, to you belong praise, glory, honour and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light;
he is strong and shines magnificently. O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord,
uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble and precious and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you give us light in the darkness:
he is bright and lively and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth
fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colours.
Be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness
in peace and patience – you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Death, whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord, and I give thanks to you, and I will serve you in all humility.
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The Season of Creation is coming up! From 1 September to 4 October, Christians around the world will be coming together to celebrate creation. We invite you to join us for a webinar on Wednesday 8 August at 9:00AM NYC/3:00PM ROME/9:00PM MANILA (see your time zone here) to learn more about the Season of Creation plans this year, suggestions for hosting an event, and how to promote the Season of Creation to your network. Register for the webinar here.
We also have the following promotional materials:
- A letter from ecumenical faith leaders, including Cardinal Turkson, inviting Christians to participate in the Season of Creation.
- Liturgical and prayer resources.
- A social media kit to use in promoting Season of Creation.
Thank you all for your support, and we look forward to speaking with you on the webinar on 8 August.
Peace and blessings,
Sat 1/09/2018 9:31 PM
Today, September 1, is the World Day of Prayer for Creation, which opens the Season of Creation. Pope Francis has issued a new statement for the day of prayer, calling for a “renewed and sound relationship between humanity and creation” and asking us to pay special attention to the issue of water.
Today, Christians around the world unite to pray as one. We invite you to pray this prayer from Laudato Si’.
A Prayer for Our Earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
With you, we look forward to a season of hope and peace for our common home.
Marisa for GCCM
Wed 22/08/2018 11:56 PM
Christians Lead in 39 Nations
Christians are coming together. From Norway to India, Australia to Peru, the United States to Israel, Christians are holding events to celebrate the Season of Creation.
You’re invited to join us.
As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, faithful action to protect our common home has never been more important. People in 39 countries have raised their hands and said “yes” to taking action.
We’re counting on you—please join us.
Your commitment matters. Whether you lead a meditative walk around your parish, organize an advocacy drive in your community, or pick up litter in your neighborhood, your contribution makes a big difference.
You are essential.
For more ideas and an event host checklist, please visit the Season of Creation website. You will find dozens of helpful resources.
This week, we celebrate the feast of St. Rose of Lima, the first saint from the Americas to be canonized. We are grateful for the spirit of selfless care that she embodied.
Your efforts to protect our sisters and brothers from the climate crisis are woven into the long Catholic story of love. Bless you!
Yours in faith,
Marisa for GCCM
PS: If you have planned an event but not registered it, we invite you to do so. It will appear on the global Season of Creation map and inspire people all around the world. Register your event here: http://seasonofcreation.org/register/
Global Catholic Climate Movement 2018 · United States
Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:15 AM
The Season of Creation unites Christians around the world in the strength of our faith. This is the second week of the season. We invite you to celebrate it by committing to live more sustainably.
LIVING THE CHANGE
As Christians, we are called to protect creation. Living out that call in our daily habits is the first step.
You are invited to make a commitment to Living the Change. This multi-faith initiative is mobilizing faith communities around the globe to adopt sustainable lifestyles that protect our common home.
Whether it’s eating less meat or traveling more efficiently, planning one small change can put you on the path to better care of creation. The Living the Change platform will help you evaluate how each lifestyle change protects our common home.
During the Season of Creation, Christians pray and act as one. Please join the global Christian community in making lifestyle changes to protect creation by Living the Change.
MARCHING FOR CLIMATE
This week in San Francisco, hundreds of leaders are gathering to talk about how their institutions have made changes to protect creation.
From the fields of business, higher learning, and faith, these institutions aren’t waiting for government to make good decisions. They are moving forward.
To prepare for the event, communities around the world stood up together to Rise for Climate. 250,000+ people marched for climate justice. This global weekend of action was celebrated as a Season of Creation event in the U.S., Italy, Panama, Kenya, and the Philippines.
CLEAN ENERGY FOR CREATION
19 institutions–including Caritas India and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference–announced their divestment this week. Watch the video here.
As Bishop Lumen Monteiro, the chairman of Caritas India said, “At Caritas India our mission is to bring the gospel’s love and compassion to people who need it, and to do that we must step away from the fossil fuels that cause so much suffering.”
Your Catholic institution–whether parish, diocese, religious community, or school–is invited to step away from fossil fuels. To date, more than 120 Catholic organizations have divested. More information about divesting from fossil fuels is available here.
To date, over 500 Season of Creation events have been registered on the global Season of Creation map.
You are part of this movement. If you’ve planned an event but not yet registered it, please take a moment to register and add it to the map, where it will inspire others.
Together, in word and in deed, we are raising a prophetic call to protect creation and the vulnerable. Thank you for the spirit you bring to this movement. It matters.
PS: If you’ve planned a Season of Creation event but haven’t registered it yet, please register it now.
Global Catholic Climate Movement 2018 · United States