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28 August 2020

Creation and the environment, climate change  and Celtic Christianity, and Franciscan prayers are featured in new books recently published

A Time for Creation: Liturgical resources for creation and the environment, edited by Robert Atwell, Gill Ambrose, Christopher Irvine and Sue Moore (CHP, £9.99 (£8.99); 978-1-78140-185-9)

“A Time for Creation encourages us to praise God for his creation, take responsibility for our actions, repent of our misuse of natural resources and hear the voice of creation itself in our prayer.

“Drawing together texts from Common Worship with newly commissioned material, it offers liturgies for all times and occasions when there is a focus on creation — in daily prayer, services of the word, school assemblies, eucharistic celebrations and seasonal services to mark the agricultural year.

“It has been compiled by the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England and is designed to provide its parishes, schools and chaplaincies with a rich selection of resources for worship and prayer.”


Celtic Christianity and Climate Crisis: Twelve keys for the future of the church by Ray Simpson (Sacristy Press, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-78959-115-6)

“Faced with impending climate crisis and the significant and irreparable damage being done to the earth, Christians are looking for inspiration and potential sources of hope. In this book, Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda, explores some of the key concepts of the Celtic tradition — and some of the criticisms levelled against it. He shows how the Celtic affirmation of creation and of equality and love among human beings hold the key not only for the future of the Church but of the whole planet.”


Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: The complete prayers of St Francis, St Clare and other early Franciscans, edited by Jon M. Sweeney (Paraclete Press, £22 (£19.80); 978-1-64060-146-8)

The Complete Prayers of St Francis and St Clare, with Selections from Brother Juniper, St. Anthony of Padua, and Other Early Franciscans We do not immediately associate Francis and Clare with prayer and praying. St Francis, according to the most common legends, rarely sat still. St Clare did, more so, but that was probably mostly because of the convent and the grille and the conventions of the time: she couldn't be a walkabout friar. However, they did sit still. And they stood. And they danced. And they fasted. And they sang. In all these ways, Francis and Clare prayed for hours each day, as did the brothers and sisters who came after them on the Franciscan way. This prayer book gathers the stories and words of the prayer life and prayers of these remarkable Christians.

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