Novena on Care of Creation: 30th September (Day 6 Employment)

Novena on Care of Creation: 30th September (Day 6 Employment)

At the last Bishop’s Plenary our Bishops agreed to a novena prayer for all Catholics in the  Southern Africa from the 25th of September to 3rd of October 2017. We are publishing each day the Novena and invite you to join with us in prayer.


Entrance Hymn

Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer for our Earth

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole 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 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.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:6–7 (RSVCE)

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.

(Reflecting and sharing in a group)

Laudato Si

# 128 We were created with a vocation to work. The goal should not be that technological progress increasingly replace human work, for this would be detrimental to humanity. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfilment.

Closing Prayer:

God, our Father, we turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as your sons and daughters look for suitable employment. They need your wisdom to guide their footsteps along the right path, and to lead them to find the proper things to say and do in this quest. They wish to use the gifts and talents you have given them, but they need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment. Do not abandon them, dear Father, in this search, but rather grant them this favor they seek, so that they may return to you with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance. Grant this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A Christian prayer in union with creation

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!

Amen.

St. Francis                               Pray for us
Blessed Benedict Daswa         Pray for us

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