MANILA, August 30, 2013— To put emphasis on the need to care for the environment, “creation spirituality” will be integrated in the liturgies in all churches within the Archdiocese of Manila.
The program is part of the special Church’s “Season of Creation” which Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will launch on Saturday, August 31.
For a period of five weeks, from Sept.1 to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, an emphasis on ecology and environment will be promoted in all seminaries, churches and Christian communities.
“The Season of Creation focuses on theology, worship and ethics that is directed towards God’s relationship with all creation and human beings’ relationship with creation (and with God through creation),” the archdiocese’s Ministry on Ecology said.
During the Sundays of the season, the liturgy will celebrate the elements of creation. The first Sunday (September 1) will be on Fire. The rest of the Sundays will be on Water, Air, Earth/Soil, Halaman, and lastly, Tao.
Parishes and communities will also have multimedia activities on environment, a cosmic living rosary in October, organic markets, scrap collection for recycling, ecological Stations of the Cross, Resurrection, and Light, tree planting and fora on various environmental issues and concerns.
The launching of the event will held at the Paco Catholic School beginning at 1pm. Cardinal Tagle will preside at the Mass to cap the launching at 5pm at the nearby San Fernando De Dilao Parish Church.
During the launch Fr. Georg Ziselberger, SVD, president of GeoChrisFoundation, will also give a theological reflection on “Season of Creation: Caring for God’s Creation Is Our Moral and Spiritual Responsibility.” (CBCPNews)