“Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, the “first day” of the new creation, whose first fruits are the Lord’s risen humanity, the pledge of the final transfiguration of all created reality” (LS 237).

A new Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Gathering on Friday united us as a community to meditate on Laudato Si’. The moving and beautiful prayer service was led by Laudato Si’ Movement members in Asia Pacific and featured time to hear creation’s song, cry, and invitation.

This space for prayer, “to celebrate, relax and contemplate the many blessings God has given us,” also invited us to reflect on how we can embody Christ in our world and how we care for our common home.

Relive this moment of prayer in Asia Pacific

Karen Lanipao, a Laudato Si’ Animator from the Philippines belonging to the Kalinga Indigenous Peoples in the northern mountain range of the country, shared her story of ecological conversion: “I am in the process of being shaped,” she said.

Read more about Karen’s powerful story in this month’s Laudato Si’ Encounter

Her testimony was marked by the history of her community and so many Indigenous communities that today continue to struggle and suffer countless ecological injustices. Karen stood in solidarity with them and invited the audience to join her prayer.

After reflecting on the Gospel, Dr. Mudita Menona Sodder, RSCJ, led a spiritual reflection on the Lord’s Transfiguration Day. The experience of Jesus on Mount Tabor was “a transforming and liberating moment,” she said.

Two questions were proposed by the Dr. Sodder for common prayer:

  • What does the Transfiguration mean to you today?
  • We have all had moments of Transfiguration, go back in your memory and share one of those moments in which the Divinity of God touched you on a deep level.

The final intentions were written by Sr. Lucilla Munci from Mongolia and read by Ray Kancharla of India and participants from around the world offered their prayer requests while watching live on YouTube and Facebook.

In addition, participants were invited to sign the “Healthy Planet, Healthy People” petition that tells world leaders ahead of two vital United Nations summits the kind of world we want to create.

A prayer, led by Geradette Davey, and a song, by Gerard Davey from Sri Lanka, closed the meeting. Didn’t get a chance to participate? No problem, you can watch it again here.

Remember that every first Friday of the month we host the Global Laudato Si’ Monthly Prayer Gathering, with simultaneous translations in different languages.