Every year on September 1st, the Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, and Protestants of all stripes come together in unity to pray for God’s good creation.
A Bit of History
The vision for this day started in 1989 when the late Patriarch Demetrios II installed September 1st as a Day of Prayer for Creation for the Orthodox Church. Then in response to Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on creation care, Patriarch Bartholomäus invited the Catholic Church to be united in prayer for creation with the Orthodox Church on September 1st. This led to Pope Francis’ announcing the annual Global Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for the Roman Catholic Church, and invited other Christians to adopt this day too. Therefore, we, the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network, pray in the company of many faithful Christians and invite you to do the same.
Join Us In Prayer
We encourage you to personally pray for the care of creation on September 1st. Organize a prayer meeting focused on creation care at your church, in your small group, or just among a few friends. If you are not able to lead a group or join a group, share specific creation care needs and concerns with your Christian friends on social media and invite them to pray for those issues with you.
Be creative and have fun! Go outside for a prayer walk at a local park, beach, riverbank, community garden, or in your own backyard. If it is evening, step outside and look up at the stars as you pray, or pray around a campfire. Perhaps enjoy a wonderful meal and gratefully enjoy the fruits of creation.
There is a longer version of this notice, along with specific suggestions for prayer, at this link.
Thank you for praying – and working – to Care for God’s Creation!