OLPH organizes large Catholic and Greek Orthodox prayer service

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Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, will preside over an ecumenical prayer service on Friday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview.

On October 22 at 7:00 p.m., OLPH, 1775 Grove St., will host Seventh Vespers for the Care of Creation. The service will highlight the conservation efforts of the metropolitan Christian community and is open to people of all faiths who care about the environment.

“This annual gathering is an important time for Christians to come together and pray for God’s wonderful creation gift,” Cupich said in a press release from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

“Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and other religious leaders urge us to take decisive action to combat the climate, and we must do our part to raise awareness of the impact of global warming on all of creation,” said he declared.

In 1989, the late Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I of Constantinople established the Orthodox Christian practice of a world day of prayer for the protection of the environment. In 2015, Pope Francis followed suit with the prayer for the “Care of creation” for Catholics.

Following the prayer at OLPH, there will be a talk by Chicago architect Doug Farr titled “The Role of Architecture in Supporting Our Common Home”.

The service is open to the public and will also be streamed live on the Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours website, www.olphglenview.org, and on Vimeo, vimeo.com/event/162709.


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