Liturgical celebrations for World Environment Day

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in Inspiration, News
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World Environment Day logoWhy not hold a liturgical celebration on June 5th, for World Environment Day? This liturgical celebration was shared with us by Benedict Ayodi OFMCap, Director of the Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in Rome, and is a perfect way to give thanks for God’s Creation.

Setting: Globe, bowl of water, fire, human life, wind…etc. If the celebration is held during mass, these objects may be carried in procession as a sign of offering during the opening hymn.

Opening Prayer: Gracious Lord, we gather today to celebrate the world environment day. You call each one of us to be in solidarity with all those involved in saving the planet.

Opening Song: to praise God for his creation (optional)

Biblical Text: interspersed with the singing of the song of the three children (Daniel 3).

Earth (animal and plant life) Gen 1: 9-12, 24-25

O Lord, send your Spirit to renew the face of the earth (or any refrain on that theme).

Wind (Ez 37, 5)

All you winds, bless the Lord …

Fire (Gen 3, 14-19)

Fire and heat, bless the Lord, frost and chill, bless the Lord!

Water (Gen 1, 9, 20-23)

Seas and rivers, bless the Lord ….

Human Life (Gen 1, 27; 2, 7.18.21-22)

All you children of men and women bless the Lord!

A Reading from the Love of Eternal Wisdom

Chapter 3 n° 33 and 32

The mysterious game of Divine Wisdom is clearly seen in the great variety of all she created. We are filled with wonderment at the changes we see in the seasons and the weather, at the variety of instincts in animals, at the different species of plants, at the diversified beauty of the flowers and the different tastes of the fruits. Having then created everything, Eternal Wisdom continues to abide in all things. She continues to contain all, to sustain all and to renew all.”

Time of reflection and sharing (optional)

Questions to be read by different persons:

Why are we concerned by

  • Climate change ?
  • Biodiversity ?
  • Oil ?
  • Water?
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

One person answers :

We are concerned because:

The degradation of the environment is a concern for the whole world.

Inhabitants of an Earth threatened by climatic change, by the violations of ecosystems and the disappearance of entire peoples, we announce the Spirit who is always at work and denounce all that destroy life.

The Way of Wisdom: Daughters of Wisdom at the Heart of the World #2

What should we do?

We are aware that “Alone, we can do nothing; together we can build a new world.”

Personal choices may seem insignificant in front of global challenges. But, to multiply individual acts can make a difference.  (From the Call of Creation; The Conference of Bishops of England and Wales)

INTERCESSIONS: spontaneous, in silence OR ALOUD

Invocation (sung) : to the Holy Spirit

Our Father: sung…holding hands

Final Prayer

God, our Creator, you created the world in your image, so we can rejoice in the joy of creation and get to know you through its beauty.

Show us how to care for the earth, for life and for human dignity,

not only for today, but also for the ages to come.

Do not let our projects or our actions

harm or destroy the beauty of your Creation.

Send us your Spirit, so we can be aware of the value of life and of the planet.

AMEN.

Closing Hymn:

A song to Mary…walking with us along the way…or other

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

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