On Tuesday 23 September world leaders will gather in New York for UN climate change talks.
Join us in prayer daily for nine days in the run up to the summit as we reflect on different aspects of creation. And ask St Francis to intercede for us as we pray to God to guide our leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures.
We praise you, Lord, for those who pardon,
for love of you bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
by you Most High, they will be crowned.
(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)
Creator God, we give you thanks for our brothers and sisters throughout the world, each unique, each special, each made in your image. We remember all those who endure difficulties due to illness or poverty, who are becoming more vulnerable because of the changing climate.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.
Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.
Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
St Francis, pray for us
Download the full novena to St Francis and join with us in prayer daily in the run up to the summit.
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