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1 Sep 2019

Celebrating Creationtide 2019

This year, the theme for the season is biodiversity, God’s web of life.

‘Creationtide’ or the ‘Season of Creation’ is the period in the annual church calendar (from 1st September to 4th October) dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. 

Season of Creation 2019 is about biodiversity. We invite you to consider the unique value of each creature in God’s wondrously complex web of life. This theme helps us meditate on two essential facts about creation: it comes from God, and we play a part in it.

Creator of Life, the Earth is full of Your creatures, and by your wisdom You have made them all. At your word, the earth brought forth plants yielding seed of every kind and trees of every kind bearing fruit, the waters teemed with swarms of living creatures of every kind and the world was filled with every kind of winged bird, walking animal, and creatures that creep upon the ground.

Mountains, plains, rocks and rivers shelter diverse communities, and through the changing seasons Your Spirit renews cycles of life.

During this season of creation, open our eyes to see the precious diversity that is all around us. Enlighten our minds to appreciate the delicate balance maintained by each creature. Inspire us to conserve the precious habitats that nurture this web of life.

In the name of the One who came to proclaim good news to all creation, Jesus Christ. Amen.

(Ecumenical prayer for the Season of Creation 2019 from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland)

 

Pope Francis speaks of 'each creature singing the hymn of its existence’ (Laudato Si 85)

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... We pray from your creation, the whole cosmos including our common home, and the intricate balance in every part of every ecosystem that sustains life on earth.

We pray for all your creatures on Earth, as we are affected by extreme weather events, rising tides and changing climate. We pray for people who risk their lives to defend creation and for all who have lost their lives in the mission of protecting Mother Earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise 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.

(From Laudato Si Mass RC 2019)

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