Canticle of the Sun St. Francis of Assisi
Canticle of the Sun
St. Francis of Assisi
Most High, all-powerful sweet Lord,
yours is the praise, the glory, and the honour and every blessing.
Be praised, my Lord
for all your creatures, and first for brother sun, who makes the day bright and luminous.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour, he is the image of you, Most High.
Be praised, My Lord for Sister Moon and stars in the sky. You have made them brilliant and precious and beautiful.
Be praised, My Lord, for Brother Wind and for the air, both cloudy and serene and every kind of weather, through which you give nourishment to your creatures.
Be praised, My Lord, for sister water who is very useful and humble
and precious and chaste.
Be praised, My Lord, for brother fire, through whom you illuminate the night. He is beautiful and joyous and robust and strong.
Be praised, My Lord, for our sister mother earth, who nourishes us and watches over us and brings forth various fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Be praised, My Lord, for those who forgive through your love,
and bear sickness and tribulation, blessed are those who endure in peace,
for they will be crowned by you, Most High.
Be praised, My Lord, for our sister, bodily death, from whom no living thing can escape. Blessed are those whom she finds doing your most holy will, for the second death cannot harm them.
Praise and bless, My Lord, and give thanks to Him and serve Him with great humility.