Bulletin Release – Season of Creation – September 1 – October 4
– Dr. Lesya Sabada, Coordinator Eparchial Human & Environmental Development Program
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action intended to increase awareness of God’s love and protection of His creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and the leaders of various churches have encouraged the faithful to participate. The season begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology in many Western traditions. September 1 was proclaimed World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I from the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Under the leadership of the Human and Environment Development Program at the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon, the inaugural celebration of the Season of Creation in Saskatoon in 2018 was celebrated. Since that time, the event has has invited not only Christians of various denominations but also people of other faith traditions to pray together. Because of the pandemic last year, a video was produced at St. George’s Cathedral and this year another video is being produced. We shall hear the Akathist of Thanksgiving Prayer Service from St. Athanasius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The Akathist of Thanksgiving is a very moving and poetic hymn of praise written in the severe conditions of a Soviet prison camp in 1940. This service bears witness not only to the depth of the spiritual vision and poetic beauty of Father Gregory Petrov’s soul, but also to an adoration-centered way of being. In its rich and ancient liturgical traditions, the Eastern Church conveys a profound understanding of creation and the role of humanity. The words in the Akathist hymn capture the heart and soul of the Eastern Church and how She understands our relationship with creation and the Creator. No doubt, the celebrations of the Eastern Christian Churches can serve as an example for all faiths of the world and indeed the entire world.
When the video is completed and uploaded onto the Eparchial website, I invite you to listen attentively throughout the prayer as we learn how nature breathes the depths of God’s tenderness, how the birds and animals of the forest bear the imprint of God’s love, how the loveliness of mother earth speaks of the ineffable beauty of God’s presence incarnate in her, and how the perfume of lilies and roses are signs of God’s presence, so that we will come to know of the joy of living in God’s love. The whole of the universe worships and offers gifts of praise and thanksgiving to its Creator.
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and the leaders of various churches have encouraged the faithful to participate. The season begins on September 1st, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology in many Western traditions.
September 1st was proclaimed as a day for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
About Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.
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 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.
In recent years, statements from religious leaders around the world have also encouraged the faithful to take time to care for creation during the month-long celebration.
The season starts 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations.
Throughout the month-long celebration, the world’s 2.2 billion Christians come together to care for our common home.
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