An evening of prayers, music, and readings on the environment from varied traditions. Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of ecology. A reception follows.
September 1 to October 4 is the Season of Creation, a time when 2.2 billion Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. The beginning and the end date of the Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in both the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity. September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for the environment by the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I in 1989. The World Council of Churches took up the idea, proposing a Season of Creation during the five weeks between September 1 and October 4. Why these dates? The start of the Orthodox church year on September 1 commemorates God’s creation of the world. And on October 4, Roman Catholics and other churches from the Western traditions commemorate Saint Francis of Assisi, known to many as the author of the Canticle of Creation.