Caring for Creation
For Mass there are 10 different Eucharistic prayers that can be used: four regular ones, two for the theme of Reconciliation, and four for special needs.
During the Season of Creation, I have been using the fourth of the regular Eucharistic Prayers. Throughout this prayer, there are references that not only has God “made all that is” but God also wills the salvation of all creation, not just us human beings. We pray that “the whole of creation be freed from the corruption of sin and death.” This prayer also acknowledges our role in caring for creation. First, we human beings speak for all creation. The prayer states that with the angels in heaven, “we, too, confess God’s name, giving voice to every creature under heaven.”
We are also called into partnership with the Trinity. The Father has “entrusted the whole world to our care.” Gifted by the Holy Spirit, we are called to bring to perfection in the world Christ’s work so that Christ “might sanctify all creation.”
As the people of God, we must work together on behalf of all Creation, as part of that mighty river of peace and justice. Find out more about The Season of Creation at seasonofcreation.org