Climate Sunday Mass 2021

Sunset

The sun setting over the horizon

Celebrating the Eucharist under Covid-19 restrictions has left us without many of the material and sensory elements of God’s creation that are at its heart. We are without song, incense, the common cup, the physical sign of peace, the welcoming of all to the table of plenty where the "fruits of the earth and works of human hands" can be shared.

Yet we can still connect the sacrament to the wonders of creation by celebrating Mass in the open air, if restrictions allow. If indoors, we can include plants, seeds or other fruits of the earth in our Mass.

Set the date

This Mass can take place on any Sunday before the beginning of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in Glasgow on 1 November 2021. The Climate Sunday ecumenical project suggests that if possible it be celebrated before the National Climate Sunday service in Glasgow on Sunday, 5 September 2021. The Season of Creation (1 September– 4 October) may also be a suitable time. You can choose to dedicate the Mass as a celebration of any Livesimply or other actions your parish has taken to care for creation.

Whether your Mass takes place in person or virtually, consider inviting your MP, to make them aware of your commitment to building a better and greener world.

Prepare your celebration of Climate Sunday Mass

  • Celebrate the Mass outside in nature if possible
  • Make use of candlelight if it is an evening service
    • A bowl of soil and a bowl of seeds to represent the abundance of creation
    • A plant from a community garden, allotment or school garden project
    • A globe to represent the earth our common home
    • Photos of your community helping to tackle the climate crisis in any way, however small.
  • Homily optional resource: The readings for the Sunday on which the Mass is celebrated should be used. Catholic Climate Covenant and the Integral Faith team provide resources for homilists as well as other materials that can help you integrate the rich insights of Laudato Si' and Christian care for creation into Mass.
  • Edit and copy the service pages of this Mass to share, or email the link in advance

Download the Mass and leader's notes

Download file Climate Sunday Mass 2021 (pdf, 374kb)

Use this Mass any Sunday before the beginning of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) which will be held in Glasgow on 1 November 2021 and reflect on the connection between the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the wonders of creation. 

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