Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God (Mic. 6:8).
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, the other in a meek and thankful heart.

Canticle of the Sun

Thots 2

I read this after an early-morning (pre-dawn) walk, which was lovely, and I thought St. Francis's prayer was lovely too:

O most high, almighty, good Lord God, to thee belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing.

Praised be my Lord God with all creatures and especially our brother sun, who brings us the day and who brings us the light;

Fair is he and shines with a very great splendor: O Lord, he signifies to us Thee.

Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon, and for the stars, which he hath set clear and lovely in the heavens.

Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind, and for the air and cloud, calms and all weather by the which Thou upholdest life in all creatures.

Praised be my Lord for our sister water, who is very serviceable unto us and humble and precious and clean.

Praised be my Lord for our brother fire, through which Thou givest us light in the darkness; and he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our mother the earth, the which doth sustain us and keep us, and bringeth forth divers fruits and flowers of many colors, and grass.

Praised be my Lord for all those who pardon one another for His love’s sake, and who endure weakness and tribulation; blessed are they who peaceably shall endure, for Thou, oh most Highest, shalt give them a crown.

Praise ye and bless the Lord and give thanks unto Him and serve Him with great humility.

--Saint Francis, “Canticle of the Sun”

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  • Luz

    • 2 years ago
    Beautiful! Worth to memorize! Thank you!
  • Jon

    • 2 years ago
    This canticle reminded me of Zeffirelli's movie "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," about the Life of St. Francis. I recently showed this movie to a friend from the Middle East and it helped him to have a better understanding of what Christianity should be! Thanks for the post!