On the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
· A proposal for a one-hour Eucharistic Adoration ·
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published a proposal to encourage the faithful to organize in their particular Churches an hour of Eucharistic Adoration on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on 1 September. The proposal, which opens with a 5-minute audio-visual welcome, is offered on the Dicastery’s website, www.iustitiaetpax.va, under the special section dedicated to the Laudato Si’ . It is available for download in English.
The proposed programme for the hour of Eucharistic Adoration offers an introductory Collect from the Orthodox tradition, to be followed by selected passages of the Word of God. First and foremost are passages from Genesis (1:26-2:3 and 2:15), which provide the narrative of Creation and of God’s will to take man “and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it”. This reading is followed by Psalm 148, in which all creatures are called to give praise for the wonders created on the earth: “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights!”. Also proposed is a passage from the Gospel according to Matthew (6:25-33), in which Jesus says that our life is worth more than food, and our body more than clothing: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”.
Three passages from the Laudato Si’ then follow: in the first (nn. 8-9), the Pope recalls that Patriarch Bartholomew “has spoken in particular of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet, ... ‘inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage’”. In the second (n. 236), the Pontiff highlights that in the Eucharist “all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation”. In the third (nn. 241-242), the Pope refers to Mary and Joseph, pointing out of the Virgin in particular, that: “Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power”.
The Intercessions call for prayer that Christians seek first God’s kingdom, strive to grow in spirit, to bear much fruit, to work for the good of the Church, and that all generations may share in the goods of creation. The proposed programme concludes with the recitation of the Our Father, the concluding blessing, and a passage from the Pope’s letter of 6 August to Cardinal Turkson and Cardinal Koch for the establishment of the World Day.
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