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Akathist prayers in Praise and Care for God’s Creation
September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Season of Creation: Bishop Bryan Bayda and the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon extend an invitation to all to join in the celebration of the Akathist prayers in Praise and Care for God’s Creation at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2019 at Steve Patola Park, 1235 20th Street West in Saskatoon, for the celebration of the Akathist prayers in Praise and Care for God’s Creation.
Following the prayer service, speakers will include Bishop Mark Hagemoen from the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop Bryan Bayda representing the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky from the Congregation Agudas Israel, Sandra Harper from the Indigenous community, Minister Karen Fraser Gitlitz from the Unitarian church and various youth on the theme of “Healing Mother Earth, Reconciling with Each Other.”
The Season of Creation is an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect God’s creation. It is celebrated by Christians of all traditions, and the leaders of various churches have encouraged the faithful to participate. The Season of Creation is celebrated annually by tens of thousands of Christians around the world. Local volunteers on six continents organize and host celebrations in their communities. These events and activities range from prayer services to litter clean-ups to advocacy actions.
The season begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for Creation, and runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology in many Western traditions.
September 1 was proclaimed as a day of prayer for creation (World Day of Prayer for Creation, or Creation Day) by Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I for the Orthodox in 1989, and was embraced by the other major Christian European churches in 2001, and by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.