The Season of Creation is the annual Christian celebration to listen and respond together to the cry of Creation: the ecumenical family around the world unites to pray and protect our common home, the Oikos of God.
The Season “Celebration” begins September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends October 4, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
2022 Theme, “Listen to the Voice of Creation”
This year we will unite around the theme, “Listen to the Voice of Creation.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, many have become familiar with the concept of being muted in conversations. Many voices are muted in public discourse around climate change and the ethics of Earth-keeping. These are voices of those who suffer the impacts of climate change. These are voices of people who hold generational wisdom about how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. These are voices of a diminishing diversity of more-than-human species. It is the voice of the Earth. The 2022 Season of Creation theme raises awareness of our need to listen to the voice of creation.
The burning bush is the Symbol for the Season of Creation 2022. Today, the prevalence of unnatural fires are a sign of the devastating effects that climate change has on the most vulnerable of our planet. Creation cries out as forests crackle, animals flee, and people are forced to migrate due to the fires of injustice.
On the contrary, the fire that called to Moses as he tended the flock on Mt Horeb did not consume or destroy the bush. This flame of the Spirit revealed God’s presence. This holy fire affirmed that God heard the cries of all who suffered, and promised to be with us as we followed in faith to our deliverance from injustice.
In this Season of Creation, this symbol of God’s Spirit calls us to listen to the voice of creation.
Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Prayer for Creation
Invitation to join the Season of Creation 2022
Liturgy notes for 1st Sunday in Season of Creation 2022 (or another of your choice)
Homily Notes for each Sunday in the Season of Creation 2022
Prayers of the Faithful for use at weekend Masses during the Season of Creation 2022
Further resources for the Season of Creation 2022
Season of Creation website
Season of Creation Celebration Guide – a 42 page resource
Laudato Si’ Movement website – scroll down this site for many resources
St Columbans Mission Society – A Catholic Season of Creation – Sundays of September (Year C) see here.
St Columbans Mission Society – Season of Creation – School Competition 2022
Global Catholic Church Preparing for the Season of Creation website – Exaudi Catholic News
Missionary Sisters – Season of Creation Sunday Pauses where we can stop, reflect and appreciate anew the wonder of the Cosmos, of Earth as a living planet and our place in it all. The Pauses will be offered on zoom from 4.00pm – 4.40pm on Sundays September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2, with a new leader each week.
What does it mean to listen to the voice of creation? A message from Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, Bishop of Kidapawan, Philippines, as part of the launch of the Season of Creation 2022 by theVatican’s Dicastery for Human Development.