International Mother Earth Day

 

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated each year to remind us that the earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.

On April 23rd, the International Community organized an earth commemorative ceremony. We gathered with 25 Sisters from the communities of Agapè, Magdala and St Pierre.  

The ritual took place around an olive tree in the gardens of the Motherhouse.

We were accompanied by singing about the Creation, praising God for Its marvels.

In the middle of the ceremony, each Sister incensed alternately the tree in order to signify that earth is sacred and to thank her to be the “Mother” of humanity. 

We prayed turning in the direction of the four cardinal points and remembered all people across the world.

We realized how important is it to preserve and protect Mother Earth.

As our Pope Francis reminds us in Laudato Si “We must safeguard a Common Home”. 

At the end of the ceremony we danced, expressing our joy and gratitude for all the blessings of the earth.