Some years ago a group of Orthodox churches proposed that the period from the beginning of September to the 4th October be dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change.
Subsequently at the third Ecumenical Assembly of Christians of Europe, in September 2007, this recommendation was enshrined in the final Assembly Message.
Since then, Christians across Europe are making the liturgical material they have produced with a creation theme available for everyone to use. The European Christian Environment Network (ECEN) collects this material and you can find it on their website to browse and use in your own church.
Suggestions include prayers, litanies, symbolic acts and Bible texts to use in preparing worship services, devotions or other liturgical events that focus on climate change and the care of creation.
Visit ECEN – and follow the links to Creation Time.
How parishes are engaging with Creationtide 2017:
- Care for Creation with your feet! An All-Faith Pilgrimage for Creation is being organized by Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew RC Church in Hitchin, on Saturday September 9th. The walk will take place on the Hitchin Outer Orbital Path (the Hoop). John Scott, organiser of this Pilgrimage, invites everyone to join them – for a couple of hours or a morning, if they don’t wish to walk for the whole day – the route will be sub-divided into manageable sections and prayers drawing on texts from different traditions will be said when the walkers get to natural breaks. Further details, contact: John Scott
- Vigil for the Earth – Wednesday September 20th. At St Julian’s Church, Abbot’s Avenue, St Albans AL1 2HY, a vigil will be held in the evening, to which you are invited to come as go as you wish – publicity poster available here: Vigil for the Earth. The time will be spent as follows:
- 8-9pm: Contemplation & Prayer
- 9.15-9.30pm: Worship