Creation Care

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation, September 1st through October 4th, is celebrated by Christians around the world as a time for renewing, repairing and restoring our relationship to God, one another, and all of creation. The Episcopal Church joins this international effort for prayer and action for climate justice and an end to environmental racism and ecological destruction. This year’s theme is Listen to the Voice of Creation. In celebrating the Season, we are invited to consider anew our ecological, economic, and political ways of living.

The Season of Creation may be a great opportunity to hold an outdoor worship service or ministry event. If you share about your Season of Creation activities on social media, please use the hashtags #Episcopal #SeasonofCreation.

Season Of Creation Website that includes the Season of Creation 2022 prayer, an event calendar for virtual and in-person events around the world, and information on how to take action and register your Season of Creation activities. The Season of Creation Guide includes ideas for an outdoor prayer service, creation walk or pilgrimage, sustainability event, or preaching about creation throughout the Season.

New liturgical resource for Creation Season 2022: Season of Creation: An Ecumenical Celebration” is a new curated liturgical resource authorized by the bishops of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts for use in 2022.

Episcopal Relief and Development Prayer Alert: Join in prayer for the Season of Creation.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

– Psalm 19:1-4

Episcopal Liturgical Resources for Honoring God in Creation: Explore a host of liturgical resources for honoring God’s creation, from the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music. En Español aquí

Feast of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis is celebrated on October 4. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment and worship inspired by this Feast typically include pet blessings, prayers for environmental protection and conservation, and a call to a lifestyle based in simplicity and service of others. 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
     where there is hatred, let me sow love;
     where there is injury, pardon;
     where there is doubt, faith;
     where there is despair, hope;
     where there is darkness, light; and
     where there is sadness, joy.
O, God, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
     to be understood as to understand;
     to be loved as to love;
     for it is in giving that we receive;
     it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
     and it is in dying
     that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

– Prayer of St. Francis

Episcopal Church St. Francis Day Resources: Use this comprehensive resource to plan a Blessing of the Animals service, a St. Francis Day service, or to find story books and historical resources about St. Francis of Assisi.

La Bendición de los Animales: Blessing of the Animals services in Spanish, published by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Episcopal Church Good News Gardens: Good News Gardens is a church-wide movement of individuals, congregations, schools, colleges, seminaries, monasteries, camps and conference centers involved in a variety of food and creation care ministries – gardening, farming, beekeeping, composting, gleaning, feeding, food justice advocacy. The Season of Creation and the Feast of St. Francis are fantastic opportunities to celebrate farm and garden ministries in your community, or to consider starting a new Good News Garden.

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Contact:
The Rev. Melanie Mullen

Director, Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care

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Contact:
Phoebe Chatfield

Associate for Creation Care and Justice

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