Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Climate
At their recent Bishop’s forum the clergy of the Diocese unanimously agreed to put aside the first day of each month to fast and pray for climate justice.
This process will continue until the 2015 Paris Climate Conference known as COP 21 which will take place in December . This conference is very important as it will for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
Here is a suggested prayer to meditate on as you fast
A 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.
(Pope Francis: Laudato Si)
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Photograph taken at the renewal of priestly vows on Maundy Thursday