Time for Creation from 1st September to 4th October (the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi) is a special period in the liturgical calendars in a growing number of Churches in Europe.
In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios 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 widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October.
In this period we remember the gift of Creation and our relation to it. Celebration of this Time and its place in the cycle of Christian prayers and worships was commended by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu 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”.
The ECEN has been active and instrumental in promoting and encouraging Christians to pray together in spirit of ecumenical cooperation and to promoting action to care for Creation since its inception.
In 2015 Pope Francis decided that 1st September be the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in the Catholic Church.
All around Europe, as well as increasingly in other part so the world, Christians are writing liturgical material with a Creation theme. ECEN collects this material for use in Creation Time and throughout the year. It is now being made available on the website for you to browse and use in your church.
Available creation time materials:
Creation Time 2016
"Ein Ohr für die Schöpfung - Themenreihe fünf Sinne" - 2016
Creation Time 2014
Creation Time 2012
"Trees and forests shall rejoice" - 2011
Creation time - 2010
"Turn, then, and live" - 2009
"Choose Life" - 2008
"Biblical Meditations and Prayers" - 2006
"Rhytm of Creation and Rhythm of Life" - 2005
"Preserving water, land and air" - 2004
"Our Responsibility to Future Generations" - 2003
"Contributions to Celebrate the Creation" - 2001 (English), (German)
"Gottesdiensvorschlag für den Tag der Schöüfung" - 2000 (German)