About Season of Creation
From 1 September to 4 October the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations, Christians all over the world will celebrate the Season of Creation, as well as the Day of Creation on 1 September.
Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I proclaimed 1 September as a day of prayer for creation for the Orthodox in 1989. In fact, the Orthodox church year starts on that day with a commemoration of how God created the world.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) was instrumental in making the special time a season, extending the celebration from 1 September until 4 October.
Following the leadership of Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I and the WCC, Christians worldwide have embraced the season as part of their annual calendar. Pope Francis made the Roman Catholic Church’s warm welcoming of the season official in 2015.
The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.
This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. During the season this year, we enter a time of restoration and hope, a jubilee for our Earth, that requires radically new ways of living with creation.
The Season of Creation unites the world’s 2.2 billion Christians around one shared purpose. With so much injustice all around us, now is the time for Christians everywhere to come together and show the world how to love each other and creation.
Quotes from the Leaders!
"... the urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development."
~ His Holiness Pope Francis, in his Laudato SI, "ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME"
"Creation is described as “a gift of God for mankind and for all living beings. It is, therefore, our responsibility to protect it as good and reliable stewards, and as faithful servants of God.”
~ Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of CCEE, and Rev. Christian Krieger, President of CEC
~ Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland