Prayers

Prayers for all of creation

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing,
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
 
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
 
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures.
 
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
 
Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit
with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace for by
You, Most High, shall they be crowned.
 
Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
 
Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks and serve Him
​with great Humility. Amen.
 

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, 
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

Concluding prayer of Laudato Si’ by Pope Francis

Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand;
they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!

Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.
You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother,
you became part of this earth,
and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
you guide this world towards the Father’s love
and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you! 

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
teach us to contemplate you
in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world
as channels of your love
for all the creatures of this earth,
for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
that they may avoid the sin of indifference,
that they may love the common good, advance the weak,
and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
help us to protect all life,
to prepare for a better future,
for the coming of your Kingdom
of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.

Concluding prayer of Laudato Si’ by Pope Francis

God of the universe,
We thank You for Your many good gifts —
For the beauty of Creation and its rich and varied fruits,
For clean water and fresh air,
for food and shelter, animals and plants.

Forgive us for the times we have taken the earth’s resources for granted
And wasted what You have given us.
Transform our hearts and minds
So that we would learn to care and share, 
To touch the earth with gentleness and with love,
Respecting all living things.

We pray for all those who suffer as a result of our waste, greed and indifference, 
And we pray that the day would come when everyone has enough food and clean water.
Help us to respect the rights of all people and all species
And help us to willingly share your gifts 
Today and always. Amen. 

— Fiona Murdoch, Eco-Congregation Ireland

We thank you, creator God,
for the goodly heritage you offer us,
from green downland
to the deep salt seas,
and for the abundant world
we share with your creation.
Keep us so mindful of its needs
and those of all with whom we share,
that open to your Spirit
we may discern and practice
all that makes for its wellbeing,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

— Rev. Peter Lippiett

Give us a love for this
your world, dear Lord,
and a yearning to be
its stewards, as you
intended from day
one that we should be.
We have become blind.
Open our eyes to all
that we can do now,
in our own little way
to make a difference,
for the greater good
of all, on this, our home
and your precious garden.

— John Birch, Faith & Worship

This Pledge of Commitment may be read in unison or in alternation:

We have come to renew our covenant with God and with one another in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We have come to help protect God’s creation.

We have come as followers of Jesus to commit ourselves anew to one another and to heal injustice and poverty.

We have come to stand together against all threats to life.

We have come to discover some new beauty every day in God’s creation: the sunrise and sunset, birds, flowers and trees, rainbows in the sky, the stars, the many forms of life in the forest.

We have come to listen to the “music of the universe”- water flowing over rocks, the wind, trees bending in the wind, raindrops pattering the roof.

We will remember always that God speaks to us through the beauty of his creation, and we will try our best to answer God’s call to reverence all that he has created.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Creator God, who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
forgive us
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbors.
Inspire us
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your creation may flourish.
Amen.

Stephen Davies/CAFOD

 

Caring God, the earth and we cry out to You

Along with the earth, we ask You to free us from greed, selfishness and indifference

Along with the air, the water, the land and the wind, we ask You to help us get rid of all the pollution

Along with the forest, birds and animals, give us the strength not to destroy ourselves and the delicate webs that connect our ecosystems and all life together

Along with those on the edges of society, the unheard, the powerless, the struggling and the suffering, we ask You for the strength to be just, merciful and compassionate

Along with those in power and positions of authority, we ask for wisdom to be good stewards of our common home

And finally, along with the whole of creation and peoples, we give You thanks for all the efforts to restore our sister mother earth

Amen.

— Bishop Allwyn D’Silva, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. Mumbai, India.

Guided Devotions

Prayers, reflections, and meditations that can be used individually or with a group. Each offering focuses on themes from Laudato Si’.

  • Rosary Meditations 
    Includes Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries with with scripture passages, prayers, and quotes from Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Created by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (now Laudato Si’ Movement).
  • Chaplet of Creation 
    Following the structure of the Rosary, this 5-part prayer offers praise to God for creation and the Earth that is filled with God’s presence. Includes an opening reflection on “Our Father” through the lens of Laudato Si’. Available through the
    Catholic Diocese of Auckland.

We’re developing prayer services with Laudato Si’ and Franciscan themes. Here are other resources available now:

Inspired by Laudato Si’ and easily adaptable for use in any Mass, liturgy, prayer service, or personal time of prayer. 

Additional Prayer Resources

A collection of prayers for various topics offered by Franciscan Action Network.

Interfaith Prayers and Climate Blessings from a variety of religious traditions in English and Spanish.

Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: Care for Our Common Home (2021) created by the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, Catholic Climate Covenant, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A library of prayers and reflections offered by the Catholic Health Association of the United States.

Laudato Si’ Movement Prayer Book – A collection of over 60 prayers written by lay and religious contributors from around the world. Available in English with a Spanish edition coming soon.