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 “the web of life”. As brothers and sisters in Christ,
we are on a pilgrimage to better care of creation.
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.
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.