Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has invited all 219 parishes in the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia to participate in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation which will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 1st.
Pope Francis established this day of prayer as an annual event to coincide with a similar observance in the Orthodox Church.
The Holy Father's recent encyclical, Laudato Si, on the care of our common home, highlights the duties and responsibilities of all Christians to safeguard Almighty God's gift of creation. This annual day of prayer will be observed jointly by the Catholic and Orthodox Church.
You are encouraged to pray on this day, with others at Mass and also in your personal prayers, for the protection of creation. May this day of prayer remind each of us of our role as custodians of creation.
To coincide with the Day of Prayer, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will plant a white oak tree at the Seminary in honor of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The tree, designated by PHS as the 500,000th tree in their Plant One Million campaign, will be blessed after Evening Prayer.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
11:00 a.m. (Tree Planting)
5:30 p.m. (Tree Blessing)
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County)
On September 1, the following intention may be included in the Universal Prayer in all Archdiocesan parishes:
For the protection of God's gift of creation, that this effort on the part of government leaders and everyone will help to overcome the routine abuse and neglect of our common home. Let us pray to the Lord.
Note: To read Pope Francis' letter announcing the "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" please visit: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-announces-world-day-of-prayer-for-the