The Season of Creation is the annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for our common home. The season starts September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
This year’s theme: “A Home for All: Renewing the Oikos of God.” Oikos is the Greek word for home or household. Using the term “oikos” celebrates the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the earth.
Prayer & Reflection for Oct. 3
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom Your give us light…
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair…
Praised be You my Lord through Brothers Wind and Air…
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water…
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire…
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits and colored flowers and herbs… (St. Francis of Assisi)
Prayer & Reflection for Sept. 26
In this Season of Creation, we pray that the breath of your creative Word
would move our hearts, as in the waters of our birth and baptism.
Give us faith to follow Christ to our just place in the beloved community.
Enlighten us with the grace to respond to your covenant
and call to care for our common home.
In our tilling and keeping, gladden our hearts to know
that we participate with your Holy Spirit to renew the face of your Earth,
and safeguard a home for all. Amen. (SeasonofCreation.org)
Prayer & Reflection for Sept. 19
Creator of all,
With the Psalmist, we sing your praise that in your house
“even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young.”
We remember that you call human beings to keep your garden
in ways that honor the dignity of each creature
and conserve their place in the abundance of life on Earth. Amen. (SeasonofCreation.org)
Prayer & Reflection for Sept. 12
Creator of all,
We are grateful that from your communion of love
you created our planet to be a home for all.
By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth
a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water, and air.
Each part of creation praises you in their being,
and cares for one another from our place in the web of life. Amen. (SeasonofCreation.org)
Prayer & Reflection for Sept. 5
Good and gracious God,
May we always walk gently upon this earth, in right relationship,
– nurtured by your Love,
– taking only what we need,
– giving back to the earth in gratitude,
– sharing what we have,
– honoring all with reverence,
– reconciling and healing,
– mindful of those who will come after,
– recognizing our proper place as part of, not apart from your creation. (Pax Christi USA)