Stations of Creation – Sunday 19 September.
Meet on the Green opposite Mompesson House in the Cathedral Close at 15:00.
For some years, Christians throughout the world have been celebrating a Season of Creation, which starts on the 1st September and ends on the Feast of St Francis on 4th October. It is an ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for the common home and 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.
Please join us as our parish community focusses on this Season through the Creation narrative from the Book of Genesis. We will be visiting seven Stations during a walk from the Cathedral to St George’s Church in Harnham, each Station marking one of the seven days of Creation. Following a reading from Genesis, there will be a passage from Pope Francis’s Encyclical letter, Laudato Si. This will be followed by a reflection on how our actions are affecting people and the natural environment. There will then be a moment of silence and prayer before moving on.
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how fragile we actually are and that we are ‘intertwined’ with others and with nature. Today, while we are still in the throes of the pandemic, let us come together and imagine a post-Covid world. ‘What kind of world’, Pope Francis has asked, ‘do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are growing up’.
Contact: Graham on 01980 590465 or 07484736398
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration uniting Christians in prayer and action for the protection of our common home. The idea of celebrating 1 September as a day of prayer for creation began at the wish of the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios in 1989, and was endorsed by Pope Francis in 2015. The season runs from September 1 to October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Writing about the season in 2019 Pope Francis said, “this is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew,” a season “to reflect on our lifestyles,” and a season “for undertaking prophetic actions … calling for courageous decisions … directing the planet towards life, not death.”
This year’s celebration takes place in the context of the special ‘Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year,’ which Pope Francis opened on Sunday 24 May to coincide with the 5th anniversary of his encyclical. As part of this special year, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development have again written a letter encouraging Catholics to engage in the Season. Msgr. Duffé, the Dicastery Secretary, writes of the particular relevance this year as the world continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.
The theme for 2020 is “Jubilee for the Earth”. This year we are invited to “consider the integral relationship between rest for the Earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living.”
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.
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.