The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect God’s creation.
The season starts on the 1st September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4th October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
This year we will be uniting around the theme, “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God.” Oikos is the Greek word for “home,” or “household.” By rooting the theme in the concept of Oikos, we celebrate the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being of the Earth.
- This year’s symbol, Abraham’s tent, signifies our commitment to safeguard a place for all who share our common home, just as Abraham did in the Book of Genesis. You too are encouraged to place Abraham’s tent in a local garden as a sign of hospitality for the excluded.
Communities are invited to pray with and for the most vulnerable in their community. The tent can also be present in liturgies or events throughout the Season of Creation as a symbol of the community’s intention to create a home for all.
- This Season of Creation will be a critical moment for both Catholics and non Catholics to lift up the voices of the most vulnerable and advocate on their behalf ahead of two important summits, the UN Summit on Biodiversity (COP 15) in October and the UN Climate Summit in November (COP 26).
- To that end, the ‘Healthy Planet, Healthy People’ petition was launched during Laudato Si’ Week 2021. Catholics and their institutions are encouraged to sign the petition that will ask world leaders to establish meaningful agreements that will repair our common home.
- Also during this season individuals and communities are invited to participate through:
- Prayer with all Christians to care for our common home.
- Care for the Sustainability of our environment: to help all of creation thrive.
- Raise our voice for climate justice; for example by divesting in fossil fuels.
- We hope that this Season of Creation renews our baptismal call to care and sustain this ecological change so that life may flourish, and all creatures may find their place to flourish in our common home.