About the Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and the leaders of faith traditions have encouraged the faithful to participate.
The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by tens of thousands of Christians around the world. Local, volunteer event hosts on six continents organize celebrations in their communities. These range from prayer services to litter clean-ups to advocacy actions.
The season begins September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis, who is the patron saint of ecology in many traditions. The theme of this year’s celebration is “walking together.” As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are on a pilgrimage to better care of creation.
More information about how to celebrate is here.
The Season of Creation is covered widely in the press, including coverage last year in CNN, La Vie, Crux, Toscano Oggi, Argentina’s Catholic Information Agency, and Carta de Notícias.
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History of the Season
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect creation. It runs from September 1 to October 4.
September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001 and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.
Many Christian churches started celebrating the “Season of Creation” (also known as Creation Time) between that date and October 4, which is the date of the feast many Western traditions observe for St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is widely associated with nature, and for Catholics is the patron saint of those who promote ecology.
Several statements from the past few years have called the faithful to observe this month-long Season of Creation, such as those of the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines in 2003, the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in 2007 and the World Council of Churches in 2008.
Season of Creation activities are coordinated by an ecumenical steering committee, which was formed to help Christians around the world to fulfill the purpose of the season. The Season of Creation ecumenical steering committee provides resources to empower Christians respond to of our faith, each in the way of his or her own denomination, during this shared season of reflection and action.