Pope Francis appeals for Laudato si Year, and releases special prayer
Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical (a papal letter sent to all the church) “Laudato si’: On the Care for our Common Home” the Mercy Family celebrates the “Season of Creation” from September to October each year.
In this year, the 5th anniversary of the publication of the letter, Pope Francis has dedicated a whole year to the celebration of the gift of creation and asks for everyone to hear “the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor”
Pope Francis has invited everyone to take part in the Laudato si’ Year which will run from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021. He said;
“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis also announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato si’ Year.
He encouraged everyone to pray it.
Saying the prayer is one way you might take part. You might also like to watch and listen to this video “A Prayer for the Earth” here is the link
Maybe you can think of other ways to take part and show your care.
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all that is in them.
You created us in your own image
and made us stewards of all your creation.
You blessed us with the sun, water and bountiful land
so that all might be nourished.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we may attend to your gift of creation.
Help us to realise that our common home belongs not only to us
but to all your creatures,
to all future generations and,
that it is our responsibility to preserve it.
May we help each person secure the food and resources that they need.
Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and those most at risk of being left behind.
Transform our feelings of fear and isolation into ones of hope and belonging.
Help us to work together as one in creative ways
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes needed to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel connected to and dependent on each other.
Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
Under the loving gaze of Mary, Help of Christians,
we make our prayer through Christ our Lord