Creationtide 2018: resources for clergy and readers

Every year Creationtide runs from the Orthodox New Year on 1st September until St Francis Day on Thursday 4th October. Creationtide is originally an Eastern Orthodox initiative, but has now spread widely among Anglican, Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations, bringing Christians together to pray and work for the protection of the environment that sustains everyone. Pope Francis gave a major boost to the profile of Creationtide in 2016 when he declared 1 September an annual ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’. The following liturgical resources are available for use by clergy and readers.

Watch the Archbishop of Canterbury’s one-minute video

Material for Seasons and Festivals of the Agricultural Year from Common Worship: Times and Seasons, commended by the House of Bishops for use at the discretion of the minister at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/churchs-year/times-and-seasons/agricultural-year

Resources for worship and prayer produced by the Environment Task Group at http://www.churchcare.co.uk/images/Creationtide_and_Environment_Resources.pdf

A series of liturgical resources for Years A, B and C, including collects, post-communion prayers, forms of intercession and additional material for the Eucharistic Prayer, produced for trial use by the Diocese of Guildford at https://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/docs/default-source/default-document-library/creationtide-liturgy.pdf

The alternative Bible readings for the five Sundays in September 2018 are attached
Creationtide Year B

In addition to the resources from this country, the Environmental Network of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has produced a rich collection of liturgical resources for use in that church at https://carbonfast2014.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/soc2_revised_wb.pdf

Find out more about the Season of Creation at seasonofcreation.org

Watch a video made by the Most Revd Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Cantebury, to support the Season of Creation – https://youtu.be/bovWrpqWcqY

Support is available from the Diocesan Environmental Adviser, the Revd Arthur Champion at or tel. 01242 870402.

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