Prayer for COP21, inspired by Laudato Si
Note: This prayer is adapted by the Reverend Evan Pederick from liturgical material provided by the Global Catholic Climate Movement
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
We pray to you, God the Father, the loving and self-communicating foundation of all that exists; God the Son, reflection of the Father, through whom all things were created, who united himself to this earth when he was formed in the womb of Mary; God the Spirit, infinite bond of love, intimately present at the very heart of the universe, inspiring and bringing new pathways.
Lord Jesus, in your Incarnation you shared our flesh and blood and joined with us in the common sacrament of air and soil and water. You ate and drank with us, you shared our stories and our dreams. You knew the goodness of creation, the beauty of wildflowers and the vulnerability of small creatures. You were surrounded by animals at your birth and rode a donkey into Jerusalem to face your death. As all things have their beginning and true end in you, have mercy on us. Be present to our negotiations in Paris. As you turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana, turn human discord and futility into loving relationships and bold actions for the protection of creation and all life, especially the poorest of the poor.
Holy Trinity, One God, be among the nations as they unite in Paris at this critical age of the world for the 21st session of the Conference of Parties. Grant those with earthly authority the wisdom to see the fragility, dignity, and goodness of all humanity and all creation, which you entrust to us, as one family, to nurture, protect, and love. Send forth your Spirit to convict us of truth and transform our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. Gift us with true vision that we may see the world that you have made as your body, as your covenant with all that lives and as the common household of creation. Gift us with understanding, patience and forbearance that we may achieve lasting agreements in Paris that will redress the human causes and mitigate the human and natural suffering of a warming climate. Lord, grant us all the grace to find our true joy not in consumption but in restraint, and the wisdom to see your creation as a book in which you speak to us and grant us a glimpse of your infinite beauty and goodness.
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.