Earth Hour 2017 takes place on Saturday 25 March, 8.30pm to 9.30 pm

 

Famous landmarks will be turning off their lights for Earth Hour this weekend. The annual, global celebration of the planet marks its 10th year in 2017.

WWF’s annual event sees people and organisations worldwide switch off their lights for one hour to show support for action on climate change

Eco-Congregation Ireland has sent the following alert:

Earth Hour 2017 takes place on Saturday 25 March, 8.30pm to 9.30pm!

Sr Catherine Brennan the Catholic representative on the Eco-Congregation Ireland committee has prepared a special prayer for use during Earth Hour or at Mass/Service on Sunday 26 March. 

Sr Catherine says: ‘Earth Hour is an opportunity for parishes and other faith groups to celebrate, pray and explore environmental concerns and how our faith calls us to address them. Did you know that your church’s Earth Hour activities can count towards your parish’s application for an ECI Award? As a global campaign, it neatly intersects with Eco-Congregation Ireland’s four award criteria – spiritual, practical, local community and global solidarity.  Our current understanding of parish includes the whole bioregion with all that exists, lives and grows.’

If your faith community holds an event or service for Earth Hour or Lent or if you are planning something for Easter we would love to receive a short report with maybe a photo or two and we will include it in our upcoming newsletter.  All contributions are very welcome!  It is good to encourage each other on our environmental journey!  Please forward all news to info@ecocongregationireland.com.

With kindest regards, Karen Nicholson, Eco-Congregation Ireland

Below is the prayer prepared by Sr Catherine Brennan:

Prayer for use at Earth Hour at Mass/Service on evening 25th March or Sunday 26th

“Creator God, this earth is beautiful and fragile. Forgive our confusion and inaction as we confront the challenges of climate change. In the light of your truth, seen so clearly in the life and teachings of Jesus, help us to re-examine ourselves and our lifestyle choices and see clearly the implications of how we live on all that sustains life on earth. May we follow your leading in caring for every aspect of this precious world, which you made and love. Throughout history you have moved people to do amazing things for the sake of their neighbours and especially the poor.

Inspire us now to work together, as your people, to change priorities in the way we live so that we build a fair and safe world for all your creation and for future generations.

Amen.”

 

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