The Holy Father's Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation encourages all Christians to live the #SeasonOfCreation, from 1 September to 4 October, as a special time to respond to the cry of the earth and the poor.

Season of Creation Service of Readings, Prayer, and Reflection – Sunday 2 October at 3:00pm.

A service of Readings, Prayer, and Reflection to mark the end of the Season of Creation will be held at St Osmund’s Church on Sunday 2 October at 3.00pm. The month-long Season is a time when we can celebrate everything in God’s creation, as well as reflect on the ways in which our lives may be damaging it.

 

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Canticle of Creatures -

On the Feast of St Francis on Tuesday 4 October, and the end of the Season of Creation, a video of his ‘Canticle of Creatures’ will be shown in St Osmund’s Church Hall at 7.30pm.

 

Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.

Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created,
using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.

Holy Spirit,
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.

You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.