SEASON OF CREATION

September 1 - October 4, 2020

Thanks to all of the pilgrims, participants and supporters who made the month-long Season of Creation celebration so meaningful and productive! A special thanks to our Cathedral Pastor the Reverend Tom Willis and Steering Committee member Jack Daniels for their visionary Laudato Si' Creation Care Ministry leadership.

PHOTOS FROM THE 2020 SEASON OF CREATION

Pilgrims honor the Feast of Saint Francis in his garden

Sisters Nicole and Carol show love for the planet

Historian Elizabeth Gessner animates the Mission tour

Saint Francis lights the way


Arrival at the Great Cross

John Daniels presents Creation & the Bible series

Dr. Timothy J. Johnson inspires with Saint Francis & Creation lecture

St. Photios Shrine candle offering for the Earth

ONLINE LECTURE - "TIM TALK"

Saint Francis & Creation

Featuring Dr. Timothy J. Johnson, Craig and Audrey Thorn Distinguished Professor of Religion at Flagler College

On the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, Timothy J. Johnson, ThD., gave a compelling lecture on the topic of Saint Francis of Assisi and Creation. A noted Franciscan scholar who has published extensively on both Saints Francis and Bonaventure, Johnson explored the extraordinary life of Saint Francis and his conversion that led to a radical approach of experiencing the "Book of Creation.” Beloved by Christians around the world, the Patron Saint of Ecology embodied a sublime path toward an integral ecological conversion for all the faithful to aspire to. Thank you for a wonderful presentation!

PRESENTATION: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020 @ 7pm

TAKE A WALK TO SAVE THE EARTH!

A hopeful and sustainable future starts with one step! Throughout the month-long Season of Creation, pilgrims joined the global movement to solve the climate crisis. Routes included the St. Augustine historic district, Mission Nombre de Dios Shrine and personal pilgrimage paths. The spiritual journeys focused on renewing our connection with nature through reflections and environmental acts of goodwill. The act of walking has brought healing and enlightenment to humankind across the ages. Check back for details on future pilgrimage excursions. LEARN MORE.

WALKING EXCURSIONS TOOK PLACE SEPT. 1 - OCT. 4, 2020.

LIVE ZOOM WEBINAR SERIES

Tending the Garden: Covenant & Creation in the Bible

The three-part online series explored the Creation stories in Genesis, Psalms and Wisdom Literature of the Bible, highlighting the Covenant connection between God, Creation, and human beings. Works of modern biblical scholars, Catholic Church traditions, and Creation reflections by Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis were examined. Led by John Daniels, ThD., Professor of Old Testament for the Diocese of St. Augustine’s Ministry Formation Program, and Adjunct Instructor in Religion at Flagler College.

ZOOM PRESENTATIONS: THURSDAYS, SEPT 3, 10, 17 - 7pm to 8pm.
REGISTER HERE

ST PHOTIOS GREEK ORTHODOX SHRINE:

WEBINAR: Covid-19 & Renewal of the Earth

Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine presented a special webinar in honor of the Feast of the Indiction, the Orthodox New Year Day of Prayer for the Environment. The program was led by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon and theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Dr. Lee Ann Clements, Chair of the Committee on Integral Ecology for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
Oricinal broadcast:Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7 to 8pm. The free broadcast was live-streamed and open to all. REGISTER HERE

GREAT VESPERS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine presented the first annual Vespers Feast, with His Grace, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, presiding. This special service was composed by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Original broadcast: Monday, August 31, 6:30 PM. Livestreamed on Facebook here (https://www.facebook.com/SaintPhotios/)

WHAT IS CREATION TIME? - 09.01 THRU 10.04


FROM THE ECO CONGREGATION OF SCOTLAND: In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Eastern Orthodox Church year, should be observed as a day "of protection of the natural environment". Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October. This was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period "be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change".

Since 2008 Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) has compiled a program of resources to encourage and assist churches to observe Creation Time. These include suggestions on a variety of ways in which churches, groups and individuals could choose to focus on a creation theme at this particular time of the year.

Pope Francis made the Catholic Church’s warm welcoming of the season official in 2015, using powerful words last year to encourage participation in the ecumenical Season of Creation:

“This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature...to reflect on our lifestyles...for undertaking prophetic actions...directing the planet towards life, not death.”