September 1 marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.

Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect all You have created,
using wisely all that you have entrusted to us.

Holy Spirit,
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty where the poor of the earth are crying out.

You, who live and reign, world without end, Amen.

Prayer for our world

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.

Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.


Stephen Davies/CAFOD

Prayer: Open our eyes, Lord

God of all,
you made the earth and saw that it was good,
but like robbers we have stripped it of its treasure.
Open our eyes, Lord.

Now the earth cries out
and your people hunger and thirst.
Open our eyes, Lord.

Open our eyes to see the pain of your creation
and move us with compassion for your world.
Open our eyes, Lord.

Lead us to act as neighbours,
who do not pass by on the other side.
Open our eyes, Lord.

So that together we may care for all that you have made
and with all creation sing your praise.
Open our eyes, Lord.

Catherine Gorman/CAFOD