Christians from all denominations in Dublin have been invited by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to respond to Pope Francis’ call, with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, to celebrate a World Day of Prayer for all Creation.
Archbishop Martin and leaders of Christian Churches in Dublin will come together on Thursday 1 September to mark this unique occasion in prayer, music and reflection.
Pope Francis announced the World Day of Prayer for all Creation last year following the publication of his environmental encyclical Laudato Si’. Pope Francis reminds us that, “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” He points to our throwaway culture and asks that, “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”
Thursday evening’s ceremony in Dublin will include readings and reflections on Laudato Si’, with music from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Ellen Cranitch and Denise Kelly, Psalms of Praise for Creation and Thanksgiving as the Harvest approaches.
The Day of Prayer for All Creation takes place at 7:30pm on Thursday in Holy Cross Church, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. All are welcome.