September 1st
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Bless the Earth    

God is infinite good, and God’s spirit of love and life permeates

everyone and everything on this marvelous planet that we call home.

Today, let us bless the planet Earth. We give thanks for the beauty

that is everywhere on Earth and for the diversity of people, plants,

and animals that make our home a wonder-filled place to live.

Earth provides all we need for healthy, prosperous living

We increase this abundance by affirming harmony, peace and

goodwill for all Earth’s inhabitants.

Let us promote a healthy world!

Conditions can’t help but improve as the loving spirit of God

moves through each of us to bless Earth and all it contains.

We can all do our part!

We are asked to recognize and assume our Christian responsibility to care for, and respect the rightful place occupied by each element of Creation in our common home.

His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide) calls upon all faithful to “realize that the protection of the natural environment is the spiritual responsibility of each and every one of us.’’  

On September 1st, a beautiful prayer service will be made available in both French and in English from the Franciscans.  (Click here to listen!)