We encourage every parish in the Diocese to bring the theme of creation care into at least one Sunday service each year – preferably more! Earth Sunday (the Sunday nearest April 22), Rogation Sunday (Easter 6), St. Francis of Assisi (the Sunday nearest October 4) and Harvest Thanksgiving are all appropriate dates. We also encourage parishes in the Diocese to celebrate the Season of Creation in fall, and to observe a “Fast for the Earth” during Lent.
Season of Creation (Sept. 1 – Oct. 4)
In 1989, Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of the Orthodox Church proclaimed Sept. 1 as a world day of prayer for creation. Since then, the Orthodox Church has been joined by others, including the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, in observing the period between the World Day of Prayer for Creation and the feast of St. Francis of Assisi as the Season of Creation.
A growing number of parishes in our Diocese are celebrating Season of Creation. Some find that it suits their parish rhythms better to start in late September so as to include both the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4) and Harvest Thanksgiving (the Sunday before the second Monday in October). We encourage you to consider how best to incorporate Season of Creation into the life of your parish.
- Watch Bishop Andrew’s Season of Creation video
- Anglican Church of Canada Season of Creation resources
- Season of Creation international website: find resources and events, or share your own
- See our Latest News and Resources for 2021 resources.
Resources for Outdoor Worship
As the weather continues warm and provincial health measures allow outdoor gatherings, check out our guide to creating an outdoor worship space:
Lent Fast for the Earth 2021
Workshop: Strengthening the Prayers of the People in a time of Climate Crisis
The Rev. Canon John Hill offers a workshop for people who lead intercessions, covering topics such as engaging the congregation and praying for current issues like climate change. For more information, download the flyer or contact Canon Hill at email@example.com.