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Dublin to Join in Celebrating 1st World Day of Prayer for Creation

Archbishop Martin Invites All to Attend

Christians from all denominations in Dublin have been invited by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to respond to Pope Francis’ call, with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, to celebrate a World Day of Prayer for all Creation this Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The Pope will lead the celebration of the universal Church in St. Peter’s Square on the same day, at 5 p.m., Rome time. The Holy Father said at Wednesday’s general audience that on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. he will lead a celebration with Liturgy of the Word with bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful of the Roman Curia in St. Peter’s Basilica and he invited Romans, pilgrims, and all those who would like to, to participate.

Archbishop Martin and leaders of Christian Churches in Dublin will come together next week to mark this unique occasion in prayer, music and reflection.

Pope Francis announced the World Day of Prayer for all Creation following the publication of his ground-breaking encyclical Laudato Si’.  Pope Francis said “it offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Tuesday evening’s ceremony in Dublin will include readings and reflections on Laudato Si’, with music from Vivaldi’s Four seasons, with Ellen Cranitch and Denise Kelly, Psalms of Praise for Creation and Thanksgiving as the Harvest approaches.

The Day of Prayer for All Creation takes place at 7:30pm on Tuesday September 1st in Holy Cross Church, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,  Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. 

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