From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will unite to pray and care for creation. It is the “Season of Creation,” and it is happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz. The theme for this year’s celebration is “walking together”. There are endless ways as a community to show you are on a journey towards better care of our common home.
Our well-being is so deeply interwoven with the well-being of the entire Universe and ‘Care for Our Common Home’ also includes care for the brothers and sisters who suffer when it is harmed. Together we share a common role as stewards of God’s creation.
“But ask the Beasts, they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will teach you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of God has done this?” (Job 12: 7-9)
This Season offers a precious opportunity to pause in the midst of our day-to day lives and contemplate the fabric of life into which we are woven, as well as joining together to rejoice in the great gift of creation and reflect on how we care for it.
About the Season of Creation
The Season of Creation was first declared as a day of prayer for creation by the Eastern Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. It was embraced by the other major Christian European Churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. In recent years many Christian Churches have begun celebrating the ‘Season’ (also known as Creation Time) between September 1st and October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis as the author of the Canticle of the Creatures, and the Catholic Saint of those who promote ecology.
See useful link to some great resources here: HERE
Also you can visit: Eco Congregation Ireland Resource Page HERE
For information on ‘Our Common Home Project’ taking place during the WMOF2018 see: this Facebook Post
Note: Image Source: from Season of Creation website.