World Day Of Prayer for Care of Creation
26 June 2018
Pope Francis has established 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. We prepare to celebrate the fourth annual World Day of Prayer in September 2018.
The annual Day of Prayer is inspired by his landmark encyclical Laudato Si’, which calls on "every person living on this planet" to care for our shared earth.
Pope Francis calls us all to celebrate this opportune moment to “reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation, as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”
This World Day of Prayer also falls at the beginning of Creation Time, which runs until 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi. This is an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
How to respond to the World Day of Prayer
There are many ways to respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for the gift of God’s creation: why not take some time out of your day on 1 September to walk in your local park or take a few moments to thank God for the flowers growing in your garden?
You can download this beautiful prayer: In union with creation and pray it on 1 September, knowing that millions of our brothers and sisters around the world will be joining in communion.
“Pope Francis is calling us to an ecological conversion,” says Susy Brouard, Theology Programme Adviser at CAFOD. “His encyclical reminds us that we have a responsibility to our earth, each other and to generations yet to come.
"The World Day of Prayer is another opportunity for us to connect with our creator God and allow the Lord to redefine our relationship with the environment: from one of consumption and control to one of care and protection".
Organise a creation liturgy in your parish to celebrate the World Day of Prayer.
Get together with others in your church and reflect on the themes of Laudato Si'.
If you cannot mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation itself, why not hold an event at some time during Creation Time (1 September - 4 October).