Season of Creation 2023

“Let justice and peace flow”

31 August 2023

As every year, from 1 September to 4 October, the worldwide Christian family gathers to celebrate “Season of Creation”, a time of prayer and action for the protection and care of the common home.
“Let justice and peace flow” is the theme chosen for 2023, while the symbol is a mighty river, an image taken from the words of the prophet Amos: “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Am 5:24).

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (to be celebrated on 1 September), Pope Francis elaborated on the theme: "This powerful image of Amos tells us what God wants. God wants justice to reign, which is as essential to our life as children in the image of God as water is to our physical survival. […] If we seek first the kingdom of God (cf. Mt 6:33), maintaining a right relationship with God, with others and with nature, then justice and peace can flow like an inexhaustible stream of pure water, nourishing humanity and all creatures".

The Season of Creation will end on 4 October, the feast of St. Francis, which this year coincides with the opening of the Synod on Synodality. The Pope's message reads: "In this time of creation, let us live, work and pray as followers of Christ on our common synodal journey, so that our common home may once again be full of life. May the Holy Spirit breathe again upon the waters and lead us to 'renew the face of the earth' (cf. Ps 104:30)".

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