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Prayers, Hymns, and Action for Pope’s World Day of Prayer for Creation

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Pope Francis has designated today, September 1st, as a world day of prayer for the environment. More from NCR: Pope Designates Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for Creation. Prayers and hymns below. Then, ways to adapt Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment to Everyday Life from OSV here.

Prayer in Union With Creation by Pope Francis (from Laudato Si)
They came forth
from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with
your presence and your
tender love. Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb
of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world
with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world toward
the Father’s love and accompany
creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community
of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess
power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good,
advance the weak, and care
for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you! Amen.

 

Hymns:

“For the Beauty of the Earth” by The Lower Lights

“Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens


Prayers of Petition

O Lord, grant us the grace to respect and care for Your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, bless all of your creatures as a sign of Your wondrous love.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to end the suffering of the poor and bring healing to all of your creation.
Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to use our technological inventiveness to undo the damage we have done to Your
creation and to sustain Your gift of nature.
Lord, hear our prayer.

 

Pledge of Commitment

We have come to renew our covenant with God and with one another in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
We have come to help protect God’s creation.

We have come as followers of Jesus to commit ourselves anew to one another and to heal
injustice and poverty.

We have come to stand together against all threats to life.

We have come to discover some new beauty every day in God’s creation: the sunrise and sunset,
birds, flowers and trees, rainbows in the sky, the stars, the many forms of life in the forest.

We have come to listen to the “music of the universe”- water flowing over rocks, the wind, trees
bending in the wind, raindrops pattering the roof.

We will remember always that God speaks to us through the beauty of his creation, and we will
try our best to answer God’s call to reverence all that he has created.