The theme for this year’s Season of Creation is “Let Justice and Peace Flow”. Please visit the ecumenical Season of Creation website for resources and information of how you and your community can participate in the Season of Creation.
Other Prayer and Worship Resources Related to Season of Creation:
- Pope Francis’ message for the 2023 Season of Creation
- Season of Creation Liturgical banner (available in English, Spanish, and bilingual versions) is now available for ordering through the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s online store!
- What is the Season of Creation? Informational flier to accompany the Season of Creation liturgical banner.
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Season of Creation Bulletin Insert
- Laudato Si’/Care for Creation Mass resources: The Season of Creation is the perfect time to schedule a Care for Creation Mass
- Catholic Climate Covenant’s 2023 Feast of St. Francis: The Way of Francis: Seeking Peace and Justice for All Creation is available for download! This year’s program is designed to assist you, your family, parish, school, diocese, religious community, or other Catholic institution learn about Catholic nonviolence, and the “Franciscan” call to seek peace and justice for all of creation
- Diocese of San Diego Season of Creation Bulletin Insert (check their Season of Creation webpage for other excellent resources and ideas)
- Season of Creation 2023 Let Justice and Peace Flow liturgical guide by James E. Hug, S.J. This booklet introduces the Season of Creation and offers resources for celebrating each of the Sundays of the season from September 1st, the World Day for Prayer for Creation, through October 4th, the feast of St. Francis. It offers penitential rite suggestions, prayers for the liturgy, scriptural reflections and more. Spanish and French versions also available.
- Living the Season of Creation Nonviolently, Let Justice and Peace Flow. Join Catholic Climate Covenant, Laudato Si Movement, Pax Christi USA, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network during the Season of Creation as we explore the theme “Let justice and peace flow” and how the call to creation care and integral ecology is also a call to nonviolence.
- Laudato Si’ Movement’s Season of Creation web page provides Catholic prayers, logos to incorporate into your liturgical materials, and links to global events.
- Daily Season of Creation Reflections (38 slides with quotes and recommendations for simple actions for Care of Earth and Care of the Poor) created by Fr. Jim Flynn & David Horvath and the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Committee on Care for Mother Earth
- Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, 2023 Season of Creation Prayer Pamphlet
Congregation Sisters of St. Joseph’s Daily Season of Creation Reflections
- Laudato Si’ Circle/Creation Care Team for St. Patrick’s in Pelham, NH has created a schedule for Season of Creation and Prayers of the Faithful for Season of Creation.
The Season “Celebration” begins on 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of
Creation, and ends on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology
beloved by many Christian denominations.
History of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
In an ecumenical gesture of global significance, Pope Francis announced in August, 2015 that the Roman Catholic Church will also recognize September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Fr. John Chryssavgis, theological adviser to Patriarch Bartholomew and member of the ecumenical office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, does not think it is coincidental “that Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are leaders in their respective churches at this critical moment, when our response to the challenge of climate change demands shared responsibility and commitment.”
The call to prayer didn’t stop with the Orthodox and Catholic communities. Creation Justice Ministries issued a joint press release with the National Council of Churches USA celebrating Pope Francis’s ecumenical gesture, and encouraging broad ecumenical participation.