Liturgie - 29 August 2015

en - What is creation time?

In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”. Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October and this was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.


And now, sharing the same concern as Patriarch Bartholomew for the future of Creation, on the Feast of the Transfiguration 2015, Pope Francis declared September 1st a World Day of Prayer for the Safeguarding of Creation We may be very aware of the Christian cycle and seasons of the year. These days and times remember and honour the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ but how often do we reflect on the seasons themselves and who created them ? How often do we reflect on creation itself, its purpose, design and the interconnected relationships between the whole of creation and its maker ? How often do we reflect on the future of creation and who and what is threatening it now ? Creation in all of its forms has intrinsic value and all of it is sacred. Creation is interconnected, a community of mutually dependent life, not merely for human use and benefit. Creation is not passive, it has a voice which can be heard whenever it is violated. Creation has a purpose, a dynamic cosmic design in which everything is created for a reason. Creation has responsible partners, not rulers, so that diversity and balance are sustained. Creation has resistance and actively resists abuse and disrespect. It’s time for climate justice When creation is threatened, churches and Christians – that is all of us, are called to speak out and act as an expression of our commitment to life itself, justice and love. We are called to be honest about our responsibility for violating creation through consumption and complacency.


Eco-Rosary


The Eco-Rosary is a new idea devoted to focusing on ecological issues while we pray the Rosary in the usual way.


For the five decades of the Rosary we have chosen the four natural elements : air, water, fire, earth and added spirit in relation to Mary and the environment. We have linked Mary’s life with these elements and offered questions from which to make some connections with our environment and our faith. Please do adapt this eco-rosary to suit you and your groups.


Why not create imaginative responses to the suggested questions which could form the basis of a discussion group. You can pray this rosary on your own or in a prayer group.


Eco-reflections for the five decades of the Rosary


Air


Mary gave her son, Jesus, the breath of life,                  she listens later to his last sigh on the cross.                  How does she breathe in this sorrow for salvation ?            How does she breathe out the coming resurrection ?             Air is a gift for all creation…


Water


Mary attends the marriage at Cana,                       where water into wine saves the day.                       How does she pour out her praise ?                       Water is a gift for all creation…


Fire


Mary saw the tongues of fire on Pentecost Day                she was warmed by her faith. How does she spread the message of hope ?                 How does she uphold justice without getting burnt ?            Fire is a gift for all creation…


Earth


Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable,                        from earth, straw and mud he became Messiah.               How does she ground us in this truth ? How does she root us in this grace ?                       Earth is a gift for all creation…


Spirit


Mary was filled with the Spirit from the day she was born,         she rejoices later, in God, her Saviour.                     From the womb to the tomb she bowed down in prayer,         and never left the light.                                  The Spirit is gift for all creation…


Way of the Cross Eco - Stations


Traditionally we see the suffering of Jesus in terms of His carrying our personal sin. In this `Way of the Cross’ we focus on the social sin of human beings and the destruction of God’s beautiful creation over which hovered the Holy Spirit at the beginning of time; in the course of time that same earth brought forth a saviour, Jesus. As we contemplate the destruction of species and eco-systems we remember the suffering that Jesus endured as Son of Man, the Christ of God. click on Document - for more......