Novena day one - For the love of the sun

Sunset

The sun setting over the horizon

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.

We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom you give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
of you Most High, he bears your likeness.

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

Praise and penitence

Creator God, we give you thanks for our brother sun, who gives us light and warmth. All life is nurtured by the energy he brings, from dawn until the twilight.

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. Severe heat and drought are ravaging your green lands.

Refrain

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,

Amen.

St Francis, pray for us.

“I dream that this Amazon, so beautiful and diverse, a gift from God, this earth which gives life, our life, our mother, is not transformed into a desert”.

Fr Henri de Roziers, Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) Brazil

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