CWN - Pope Francis announced on August 30, at his regular weekly public audience, that he would be joining with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a statement for the annual Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

The annual observance will take place on September 1. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople has observed the day since 1989. Pope Francis joined in 2015, celebrating a Liturgy of the Word in the Vatican basilica for the first annual observance.

In this year’s joint message, the Pope told his audience, “we invite all to assume a respectful and responsible attitude toward Creation.” He added that the statement would appeal to the world’s wealthy and powerful people “to listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most from ecological imbalances.”


Teachings of Christ

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits. 

St. Isaac the Syrian