Season of Creation
September 1 – October 4
The “Season of Creation” is a new ecumenical liturgical season celebrating the generous and awe-inspiring creativity of God and inviting us to embrace the mission entrusted to the human family, a mission to celebrate this creation with gratitude and care for it with reverence and love.
In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios 1 initiated the World Day of Prayer for Creation, celebrated on September 1steach year, as an ecumenical effort to respond to the ecological crises facing the human community. In 2015 Pope Francis joined the ecumenical effort, adding this day of prayer to the Catholic liturgical calendar. Faith communities around the world have since developed that celebration into the Season of Creation, extending the prayer for creation to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, whose love of God in creation is legendary and widely revered in many faith traditions globally.In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Creation in 2016, Pope Francis urged Catholics to embrace the mission of caring for creation as a timely corporal and spiritual work of mercy.
The Season of Creation is a time for prayer and reflection focused on growing in awe and gratitude to our generous Creator and in loving care for creation.
May God, Creator, bless you.
Reflections celebrated on Sundays and special feasts during the Season of Creation will be found under Scriptural Reflections. http://www.dominicancenter.org/spirituality/scriptural-reflections/
James E. Hug, S.J.