Novena day four - For the love of water

The Amazon river

The Amazon river

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.

We praise you, Lord, for Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.

An extract from the Canticle of the Sun by St Francis of Assisi

Praise and penitence

Creator God, we give you thanks for our sister water, who sustains all life on earth. One fifth of all fresh water in our world flows from the Amazon.

Forgive us for the times when we have harmed the beautiful earth you gave us, or taken more than our share of the gifts of creation. Pollution is poisoning waterways that have sustained river dwellers for generations.


Guide the Church as she listens to the cry of the Amazon people. Guide us all to respect the fragile balance of nature, in which everything is interconnected.

May we learn from the wisdom of those who live in the heart of nature, custodians of the forests on which we depend.

Lead us as we walk together with our sisters and brothers in their hopes and struggles, and fill us with the courage to protect our common home for generations to come.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,


St Francis, pray for us.

"Now they even want to take our rivers, which have been ours forever."

Rusbel Castornoque, elder of the Kukama people, Tarapacá, Peru

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