Novena to St Francis for the love of creation
“Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see Nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite goodness and beauty.”
Pope Francis, Laudato Si' #12
We have created a novena to St Francis of Assisi around his beautiful Canticle of the Sun. It reflects his love for nature, and for our sisters and brothers in poverty.
A novena is a nine-day prayer of private or public devotion for a specific intention, often made to a preferred saint.
This novena can be prayed in any nine-day period, but it is especially suited to Creation Time, an ecumenical season when we pray for the protection of the earth. It runs from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September to St Francis’s feast day on 4 October.
This year the season falls just before a crucial Church Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region. Its urgent issues matter to all of us. In Laudato Si’ (38), Pope Francis points out the importance of the Amazon basin “for the entire earth and for the future of humanity”.
So please join in prayer, alone or with your parish or group, for nine days before the Feast of St Francis, beginning on 26 September, to ask the saint’s intercession as the Church listens deeply to the cry of mother earth and her most vulnerable inhabitants.