Season of Creation 2020
The Season of Creation begins on 1 September with the Day of Prayer for Creation and concludes on 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Caritas will launch its 7th annual State of the Environment for Oceania report on 2 October, just prior to St Francis Day.
The theme for Season of Creation in 2020 is “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.” We are awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other, as communities and individuals pray and work for protection of the planet and the poor in our midst. You may wish to link Season of Creation with our Social Justice Week focus on Catholic social teaching, especially the principle of kaitiakitanga (stewardship).
Pope Francis has endorsed the ecumenical Season of Creation as a time to deepen our appreciation of and care for our common home. In the Special Anniversary Year of Pope Francis’ 2015 letter Laudato Si’ – on care for our common home, the Vatican is also promoting the next decade as “a Jubilee time” for Earth, for humanity, and for all creation. It is encouraging Catholic communities to embark on a journey towards sustainable communities in Laudato Si’s spirit of integral ecology.
Feast of St Francis
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will launch the 7th annual Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania report with Caritas members throughout Oceania. An online webinar will take place on 2 October, while the report and additional resources will be online here. Copies of the report can also be ordered from Caritas at: email@example.com
Suggested prayer for parish newsletters (taken from “A Prayer for our Earth” in Laudato Si’):
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. Amen.
A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation – from Laudato Si’
The Canticle of the Creatures – A Prayer from St Francis
Karakia for Papatūānuku:
he korōria ki te Atua i runga rawa
He maungārongo ki te whenua,
he whakaaro pai ki ngā tangata katoa.
E te Atua kaha rawa, nōu ngā hiahia tapu me ngā whakaaronui.
Tēnei mātou e tuku whakawhētai ana ki ā koe.
Nā tōu ringa i ara mai te taiao.
Tēnā, toro atu tōu ringa manaaki ki runga i te taiao i ēnei wā taumaha.
Māu mātou ōu tamariki katoa e tiaki, e whakapakari, e tāwharau.
Ko koe tō mātou Ariki mō āke tonu atu. Āmene.
and glory to God in the highest
Peace be upon Earth,
And good will to all people.
Almighty God, you have all sacred will and wisdom.
Here we are gathered to give praise to you.
From your hand came our environment.
Therefore, send your hand of protection to the environment in these difficult times.
We are all your children; protect us, strengthen us, and shelter us.
You are our Lord forever and ever. Amen.