Q: During this Season of Creation (September 1-October 4) and as we mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si, are there prescribed readings for a Green Mass?
A: In our diocese, we’ve promoted these for September 1:
Parishes are encouraged to include prayers and songs for creation in the liturgy, and use the presidential prayers from the missal’s Mass for the Sanctification of Human Labor from the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions (no. 26; see especially the second Collect of formulary A), as well as readings from Volume IV of the lectionary from the mass “For the Blessing of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911. The Office of Divine Worship especially recommends Genesis 2:4b-9, 15 and Psalm 90:2, 3-5a, 12-13, 14 and 16 (see nos. 907-2 and 909-1, respectively).
These are usable on an Ordinary Time weekday. Sundays in Ordinary Time use the assigned readings and prayers unless a bishop permits otherwise.