The Loudmouth Protestant

October 4, 2009

St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Brother Sun

Filed under: spirituality — nickisym @ 1:10 am
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Today marks the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint of humility, charity and love bent toward creatures and God. As such I wanted to share one of his often used prayers for the blessing of animals on his feast day. He wrote this late in his life when blindness pretty much shut him off from the world around him. But being as passionate and imaginative about God’s creation, he wrote as if he could still see and surely still appreciate God’s blessed creation.

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,

All praise is Yours, all glory, honor and blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong;

no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.


We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,

especially for Brother Sun,

who is the day through whom You give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,

of You Most High, he bears your likeness.


We praise You, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,

in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.


We praise You, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air,

fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,

by which You cherish all that You have made.


We praise You, Lord, for Sister Water,

so useful, humble, precious and pure.


We praise You, Lord, for Brother Fire,

through whom You light the night.

He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.


We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,

who sustains us

with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.


We praise You, Lord, for those who pardon,

for love of You bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace,

by You Most High, they will be crowned.


We praise You, Lord, for Sister Death,

from whom no-one living can escape.

Woe to those who die in their sins!

Blessed are those that She finds doing Your Will.

No second death can do them harm.


We praise and bless You, Lord, and give You thanks,

and serve You in all humility.

Canticle of Brother Sun, St. Francis


1 Comment »

  1. Cool article as for me. I’d like to read something more concerning that theme.

    Comment by StephanJade — October 23, 2009 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

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