Joined in prayer, Christian churches around the world will again observe the ecumenical “Time for Creation” Sept. 1 to Oct. 4, this year bolstered by Pope Francis’s recent proclamation of Tuesday, Sept. 1, as the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.”
The movement toward a yearly commemoration of the biblical mandate to exercise stewardship over God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-28) first took shape following a Sept. 1, 1989, encyclical from the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople, in which he extended an invitation to “the entire Christian world to offer together with the Mother Church of Christ, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.”
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