Novena in Preparation for the Day on Care of Creation Celebration on the 1st September

Care for Creation Logo

 

 

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

CRY OF THE EARTH ;

CRY OF THE POOR

 

NOVENA ON CARE OF CREATION

25th to 3rd October 2018

 (The Novena on Care of Creation can be prayed by individuals, families, sodalities and by the parish. Each day begins with the same format from the entrance hymn to prayer for our earth and the Novena concludes with benediction all nine days if possible.)

Entrance Hymn

 Sign of the Cross:

 In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Day 1 Corruption

Scripture Reading: Hosea 9:9

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

#123 We should not think that political efforts or the force of law will be sufficient to prevent actions which affect the environment because, when the culture itself is corrupt and objective truth and universally valid principles are no longer upheld, then laws can only be seen as arbitrary impositions or obstacles to be avoided.”

 Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 2 Drug and Substance Abuse

 Scripture Reading: Roman 7:18-20

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

 Laudato Si

#91 “The social dimensions of global change include the effects of technological innovations on employment, social exclusion, an inequitable distribution and consumption of energy and other services, social breakdown, increased violence and a rise in new forms of social aggression, drug trafficking, growing drug use by young people, and the loss of identity.”

Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 3 Environment

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 11:10-15

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

#211. “Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices.”

 Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

 Day 4 Human Trafficking

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:13-14

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

 Laudato Si

# 91. A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment.

Closing Prayer

Prayer to end Human Trafficking

O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend

and our hearts feel when we hear of men , women, and children deceived ,transported to unknown places, forced into prostitution or other forms of labour for the financial gain of traffickers – their slaveholders.

Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out against this degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end. Protect all potential victims, especially our young and vulnerable.

Let Your tender love and care surround all present victims of trafficking. Deliver them, O God, from the perpetrators’ hands. Give us the courage and wisdom to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 5 Racism

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy Luke 4:18-19 and 1 John 2:11

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

#5 “The destruction of the human environment is extremely serious, not only because God has entrusted the world to us men and women, but because human life is itself a gift which must be defended from various forms of debasement.

Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 6 Employment

 Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:6-7

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

 # 128 We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment.

Closing Prayer:

God, our Father, we turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as your sons and daughters look for suitable employment. They need your wisdom to guide their footsteps along the right path, and to lead them to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. They wish to use the gifts and talents you have given them, but they need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon them, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant them this favor they seek, so that they may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 7 Consumerism

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6: 9-10 and Ecclesiastes 5:10

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

 Laudato Si

 # 211 A person who could afford to spend and consume more but regularly uses less heating and wears warmer clothes, shows the kind of convictions and attitudes which help to protect the environment. There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle.

Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi                     Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 8 Good Health

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 33:8

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

 Laudato Si

 #29. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. Every day, unsafe water results in many deaths and the spread of water-related diseases, including those caused by microorganisms and chemical substances…..Detergents and chemical products, commonly used in many places of the world, continue to pour into our rivers, lakes and seas

Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

Day 9 Water

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy Psalm 65:9

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

#30 “Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”

Closing Prayer

St. Francis of Assisi             Pray for us

Blessed Benedict Daswa      Pray for us

 

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