World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Thursday 1st September is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
At 12noon (Rome time) Pope Francis released his message for the international day of prayer, entitled Show Mercy to our Common Home and said it is “an opportunity to strengthen the common commitment to safeguard life, respecting the environment and nature”.
You can find the message Show Mercy to our Common Home here or download the attached file at the bottom of this page.
You can also view the Holy Father's video about focusing on the care of creation, entitled "Pope Francis Asks Us to Pray for Creation on September 1st” here: https://youtu.be/19v0A19DDXs
A Prayer for our Earth
By Pope Francis*
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.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
*Pope Francis published this prayer in his Laudato Si' encyclical.
Message_PopeFrancis_WorldDayOfPrayer_CareOfCreation_Sept2016.pdf (182 KB)