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World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

September 1, is the annual World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. In 2015 when Pope Francis established this annual of observance, he stated the day “offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvelous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” Please join Pope Francis and Catholics around the globe in praying for our common home.


Prayer to Care for Our Common Home

Father of all,

Creator and ruler of the universe, You entrusted your world to us as a gift.

Help us to care for it and all people, that we may live in right relationship-- with You, with ourselves, with one another, and with creation.

Christ our Lord, both divine and human, You lived among us and died for our sins.

Help us to imitate your love for the human family by recognizing that we are all connected— to our brothers and sisters around the world, to those in poverty impacted by environmental devastation, and to future generations.

Holy Spirit, giver of wisdom and love, You breathe life in us and guide us.

Help us to live according to your vision, stirring to action the hearts of all—individuals and families, communities of faith, and civil and political leaders.

Triune God, help us to hear the cry of those in poverty, and the cry of the earth, so that we may together care for our common home.

Amen.

(This prayer from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is based on Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.)

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