Earth Hour Vigil
The following suggestions are intended to help congregations, parishes, and other groups observe, in prayer and worship, international Earth Hour on the fourth or fifth Saturday of March. The purpose of Earth Hour is to call attention to the beauty and fragility of our living planet. The point of worship is to call people together in thanksgiving and prayer to God, united in a living faith. We hope that these Earth Hour prayers help the faithful to celebrate creation while committing to compassionate action for its well-being. You can find out more about Earth Hour, marked from 8:30–9:30 p.m. local time, at www.earthhour.org.
If you’d prefer to adapt the following to another time and place, we encourage you to do that. Provided here are suggestions that congregations, parishes, and other groups are welcome to use and adapt. Particulars of space, participants, culture, and creativity should help shape the celebration. In some cases, we offer our own variations for selection. What should be chosen is whatever best serves the group in its prayer. If you are republishing or redistributing the materials, please acknowledge if adaptations have been made.