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Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy;


O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood as to understand;

to be loved as to love.


For it is in giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.


Saint Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures


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

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

To you alone, Most High, do they belong,

and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.


Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,

especially Sir Brother Sun,

Who is the day through whom You give us light.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,

Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.


Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,

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


Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,

And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,

by which You cherish all that You have made.


Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,

So useful, humble, precious and pure.


Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,

through whom You light the night

and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.


Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,

Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,

producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.

Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon

for love of You and bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace,

By You Most High, they will be crowned.


Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,

from whom no-one living can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin!

Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.

No second death can do them harm.


Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,

And serve Him with great humility.


Heavenly Father,

You gave Your servant Francis

great love for each of Your creatures.

Teach us to see Your design in all of creation.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


The prayers of St. Francis of Assisi can be found on Catholic websites. For additional information about St. Francis, please visit the following link:


The stained glass window was photographed inside Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. The Catholic church is located in Lake Hopatcong, NJ, USA.


Photograph Copyright 2009 Loci B. Lenar


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Taken on November 5, 2009