The Canticle of Brother Sun

Lauds of the Creatures

All-highest, almighty, good Lord, to you be praise, glory and honour and every blessing. To you alone they are due, and no man is worthy to speak your name.

Be praised, my Lord, in all your creatures, especially Brother Sun who makes daytime, and through him you give us light. And he is beautiful, radiant with great splendour, and he is a sign that tells, All-highest, of you.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars; you formed them in the sky, bright and precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind, and for the air and the clouds, and for fair, and every kind of weather, by which you give your creatures food.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is most useful and humble and lovely and chaste.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you light up the night for us; and he is beautiful and jolly and robust and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth, who keeps us, and feeds us, and brings forth fruits of many kind, with colored flowers and plants as well.

Be praised, my Lord, for those who grant pardon for love of you and bear with sickness and tribulation. Blessed are those who bear these things peaceably because, All-highest, they will be granted a crown by you.

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Bodily Death, whom no loving man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are those whom she will find doing your holy will, for to them the second death will do no harm.

Bless and praise my Lord, thank him, and serve him in all humility.




To the Crucifix that spoke to him

at San Damiano

Most high, glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity and profound humility,
with wisdom and perception, o lord,
so that I may do what is truly your holy will. Amen.



Prayer of adoration


We adore you, o Lord Jesus Christ,
here and in all the churches of the world,
and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.


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