Friday, August 5, 2011

Canticle of the Sun

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.


Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; 

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


Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
 
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.


Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;
 
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.


Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
 through whom you brighten the night.
 
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.


Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
 
who feeds us and rules us,
 
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.


Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you;
 
through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace,
 for by you, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
 
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
 
Woe to those who die in mortal sin! 

Happy those she finds doing your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord,
and give thanks,
and serve him with great humility.

-St. Francis of Assisi

4 comments :

FlowerLady said...

Wonderful post. Just right for the beginning of my day.

Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Beautiful!

pumpkydine said...

Very lovely post! He definitely deserves our praise for all He has done for us. May you have a blessed day, rejoice and be glad in it, for it is a day the Lord has made!

Donna said...

Lovely photos and a wonderful rejoicing from St Francis to the Lord!!!