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Resources for liturgy: On caring for God’s creation
August 9th, 2016

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compiled a set of liturgical resources for parish and home including prayers of thanksgiving and praise, Scripture readings and song. Following are excerpts from the six-page document available online at

Prayers of praise and thanksgiving from Scripture
Genesis 1:1-28: The Creation Story
Genesis 9:8-17: God’s Covenant with Noah and all Creation
Psalm 8: he Majesty of God
Psalm 65: Thanksgiving for God’s blessings
Psalm 104: Praise of God the Creator
Psalm 146: Trust in God Alone
Psalm 147: Zion’s Grateful Praise to Her Bountiful Lord
Psalm 148: Hymn of All Creation to the Almighty Creator
Deuteronomy 3:52-90: Praise of God; Praise of God’s Creation
John 1:1-5: In the Beginning Was the Word
Revelation 21:14: New Heavens and New Earth

Scripture readings from the New Testament
Matthew 6:25-34: Learning to Trust in God as Does Nature
John 1:1-5: Through Him All Things Came Into Being
Romans 8:18-25: The Entire Creation Has Been Groaning in One Great Act of Waiting for Redemption
Colossians 1:15-23: In Christ All Things Have Their Being
Revelation 21:1-5: Promise of New Creation

All Creatures of Our God and King
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Come Rejoice Before Your Maker
Earth and All Starts
For the Beauty of the Earth
For the Fruits of This Creation
God We Praise You
His Voice is the Thunder and the Storm
How Marvelous God’s Greatness
Let All the Earth Their Voices Raise
Let All Things Now Living
Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works
Morning Has Broken
Sing Out, Earth and Skies
This is My Father’s World

Special occasions for prayer
Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi: Oct. 4
World Food Day: Week of Oct. 16
Fast for World Harvest: Thursday before Thanksgiving
World Day of Peace: Jan. 1
Earth Day: April 22
World Environment Day: Early June



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