Season of Creation

September 1 – October 4

The “Season of Creation” is a new ecumenical liturgical season celebrating the generous and awe-inspiring creativity of God and inviting us to embrace the mission entrusted to the human family, a mission to celebrate this creation with gratitude and care for it with reverence and love.

In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios 1 initiated the World Day of Prayer for Creation, celebrated on September 1steach year, as an ecumenical effort to respond to the ecological crises facing the human community.  In 2015 Pope Francis joined the ecumenical effort, adding this day of prayer to the Catholic liturgical calendar. Faith communities around the world have since developed that celebration into the Season of Creation, extending the prayer for creation to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, whose love of God in creation is legendary and widely revered in many faith traditions globally.In his Message for the World Day of Prayer for Creation in 2016, Pope Francis urged Catholics to embrace the mission of caring for creation as a timely corporal and spiritual work of mercy.

The Season of Creation is a time for prayer and reflection focused on growing in awe and gratitude to our generous Creator and in loving care for creation.


May God, Creator, bless you.



Reflections celebrated on Sundays and special feasts during the Season of Creation will be found under Scriptural Reflections.

James E. Hug, S.J.

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October 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Closing of the Season of Creation Jim Hug, S.J., has some closing reflections drawn from the last two Sunday liturgies of the Season of Creation for this year.  They have been published by the National Catholic Reporter in its online blog and can be read there. The reflections are based...

Importance of the Land

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are slowly receding into memory, but only very slowly as the nation begins to take stock and engage in the painful work of rebuilding what has been lost to two “once-in-a-thousand-year weather events” in the last two weeks. The land lies stripped, littered with debris, seemingly...
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Season of Creation

Violent Storms In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria dominated our consciousness.  Their devastating impact remains, most terribly in Puerto Rico, even as we are now in hurricane season again.  It seems helpful to draw upon the rich liturgical resources prepared by the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria...

The Season of Creation: General Introduction

A brief introduction to the Season of Creation highlighting the importance of nature as a revelation of the divine through the ages and calling attention to the threats to this sacred treasure from the human community. It is an invitation to contemplation, gratitude, and responsible care for our common...