World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation



…for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for our sake, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us” (Laudato Si’, 216). The ecological crisis thus summons us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them” (ibid., 217). For “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience” (ibid.).

Pope Francis in his letter to Cardinals Turkson and Koch establishing the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation”

Pope Francis has asked us to pray on the 1st of September each year for the care of creation.  

Explore the links below to many wonderful resources helping us to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

  • To read the Message of Pope Francis for the 2016 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, ‘Show Mercy to Our Common Home’, click here.
  • To watch the Press Conference on the Pope’s Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 2016, click here.
  • To read the full letter establishing the World Day of Prayer from Pope Francis, click here.
  • To read the latest papal encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praised Be), click here.
  • To learn how you can care for creation, click here.
  • Register for the online prayer service here.



Scriptural Texts for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation:

  • Genesis 1:1-28, The Story of Creation;
  • Genesis 2:4-15, Man to till and keep;
  • Genesis 9:8-17 God’s Covenant with All of Creation;
  • Psalm 8-Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
  • Psalm 51  – Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon
  • Psalm 65- Thanksgiving for Earth’s Bounty
  • Psalm 104- God the Creator and Provider
  • Psalm 146- Praise for God’s Help
  • Psalm 147- Praise for God’s Care for Jerusalem
  • Psalm 148- Praise for God’s Universal Glory
  • Matthew 6:25-34—Do not Worry
  • John 1:1-5— The Word Became Flesh
  • Romans 8: 18-25 — Future Glory
  • Colossians 1:15.23— The Supremacy of Christ
  • Revelations 21:1-5—The New Heaven and the New Earth

Click on the links below to access prayer resources relating to the care of creation within the Catholic Church.

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A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!