This year, for the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales is inviting Catholics to pray a novena on the theme of Care of Creation. This offering of prayers and readings is part of The God Who Speaks initiative.
The River Does Not Divide Us: Pentecost Novena on the Care of Creation
We invite all Catholics in England and Wales to respond in prayer and action to the urgent climate change issues that we all face. The God Who Speaks team offers this novena of readings and prayers drawn from the Bible and recent Papal teaching.
Between Ascension and Pentecost, the Scriptures tell us:
'All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers…' (Acts 1:14) while they awaited to be 'clothed with power from on high' (Luke 24:49).
We are invited to pray these nine days reflecting on the account of creation in the book of Genesis.
This novena can be used on its own, or to complement the prayers and reflections of the global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come, with the Care of Creation theme.
To follow the novena, visit the pages on CBCEW website here.
Alternatively, a single PDF download of the Novena on the Care of Creation is available here.
What is a Novena?
The word novena is derived from the Latin novem, meaning nine. A novena is a series of prayers and readings that are said for nine consecutive days, usually as a prayer of petition to obtain special graces or to implore special favours.
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