In Pope Francis’ letter, Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home, in Chapter 6 on Ecological Education and Spirituality he states: “I would like to offer…a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality…I am interested in how such a spirituality can motivate us to a more compassionate concern for the protection of our world.” (#216)

January 2023 ECO Prayer

We invite you to use this prayer, slightly adapted, from 26 Prayers for the Climate and Ecological Emergencyby Rev. John Swales.

Come Holy Spirit

Creator God, Spirit of Compassion,
We thank you for the world that you have made.

for Soil and streams,
mountains and music,
flowers and fauna,
laughter and love,
dancing and daffodils,
flamingoes and food.

We thank you that we inhabit this world with non-human worshippers.

elephants and eagles,
red kites and raccoons,
monkeys and macaws.

To you be all honor, glory and praise.

Creator God, Spirit of Compassion,
We are concerned about this world of yours, and this world of ours.
It is our home.
In the face of the climate crisis
our hearts are restless and our souls are sad.
Draw near to us as the healer of all hurts.

Creator God, we ask that you would lead and guide us
by the power and compassion of the Holy Spirit.
In these strange and difficult days,
we ask that you would mold us and shape us
into the image of your son, Jesus.

May we, like him, be people of justice.
Come Holy Spirit, we need you.
Come Holy Spirit, fill us afresh.
Come Holy Spirit, empower us.

This we ask and pray. Amen.