Pope Francis recently announced that Catholics throughout the world will annually observe September 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Pope Francis selected this day because the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had established the first day of September as day of prayer for creation among the Orthodox Churches. We will bring this intention to our daily Masses on Tuesday as we Catholics join together with other Christians on this day to pray for what the recent encyclical Laudato Si’ calls “our common home,” the earth.
Canticle of the Creatures
Saint Francis of Assisi
Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of you, Most High. Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful. Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through whom you give sustenance to your creatures. Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and
precious and chaste. Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong”.
Cited in FRANCIS, Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, on care
of our common home, 24 May 2015, no. 87.