What is the “Season of Creation”?
From 1 September to 4 October, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation”. The beginning and the end date of Season of Creation are linked with the concern for creation in the Eastern and the Western traditions of Christianity, respectively.
The Season of Creation is facilitated by the World Council of Churches, the Global Catholic Climate Movement, ACT Alliance, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.
The United Church of Canada introduced Creation Time in the Season of Pentecost in 2010. It is not a church season per se, but a period in which congregations celebrate the fact that creation is an integral part of the whole Christian year. The “tree” logo was designed for this occasion and orange was selected as the corresponding liturgical colour.
Although it feels as if a new liturgical colour was introduced, Creation Time and its colour orange is an important recapturing of an ancient Christian liturgical way of being that we had forgotten.
The colour orange was:
• the Early Christian colour for confessors, monastics, and matrons
• worn in some Russian churches during summer fasts; in Western rites, some mainline Protestant churches propose orange as a colour for fall
• some Orthodox Churches use scarlet, orange, or rust
• symbolic of endurance and strength
• the colour of fire and flame
• the red of passion tempered by the yellow of wisdom
• the colour of harvest, fruitfulness, joy
• the colour of positive energy