On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed the Regina Coeli and gave his address from the Library of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace – a different location than his usual spot in Saint Peter’s Square because of the coronavirus.
At the end of his address, he mentioned how it was the 5th anniversary of his landmark Laudato si’, and officially announced the year of Laudato si’, to begin on that day (the 24th of May) and end on May 24th in 2021.
“And today also is the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical Laudato si’, with which sought to call attention to the cry of the Earth and of the poor. Thanks to the initiative of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, the Laudato si’ Week, which we just celebrated, will blossom in a special anniversary Year of Laudato si’, a special Year to reflect on the Encyclical, from May 24 of this year to May 24 of next year.”
Pope Francis urged participation from all Catholics around the globe, and invited “all persons of goodwill to adhere to it, to take care of our common home and our more fragile brothers and sisters.”
To help begin celebrating the year of Laudato si’, Pope Francis included a new prayer he composed, adding that “it will be good to pray it.”
Read below to answer the call of Pope Francis and pray his new Common Prayer for the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato si’.
Common Prayer for the Fifth Anniversary of Laudato si’
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.
Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,