The Season of Creation started on 1 September (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) and continues until 4 October (the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) each year. Here are some resources and prayers for our pilgrims:
Garden of Hope
The Saint Jude Garden of Hope is a new project to create a garden of prayer and hope behind the Shrine Office.
You can donate to the garden, here.
Dear Mother earth,
Who day by day unfolds rich blessing on our way,
O Praise God! Alleluia!
The fruits and flowers that verdant grow,
Let them his praise abundant show.
O praise God, O praise God, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
- Saint Francis
A Prayer for our Earth
All powerful God,
you are present in the universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with your peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned
and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty,
not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle,
for justice, love and peace.
'Prayer for our Earth' which was originally published in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.
Carmelite Symbols: A Way to Prayer - Garden
Over the last few weeks, we have been working on our new 'Garden of Hope'. Back in 2018, Fr Kevin Alban started a series of reflections on the symbols of Carmel, and because we are creating this new garden, we wanted to republish his reflection on gardens, here.
Thank you for reading our website - are you able to donate to our work? You can do that, below - thank you: