Canticle of the Sun – Francis of Assissi

As I continue to prepare sermons for this series on creation, 
I continue to run across amazing prayers and songs.
Here is one of the greatest, from Francis of Assissi:


"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.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made,

  And first my lord Brother Sun,

  Who brings the day; and light you give to us through him.



How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor!

  Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Moon and Stars;

  In the heavens you have made them, bright

  And precious and fair.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,

  And fair and stormy, all the weather's moods,

  By which you cherish all that you have made.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,

  So useful, lowly, precious, and pure.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,

  Through whom you brighten up the night.

  How beautiful he is, how gayl Full of power and strength.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother,

  Who feeds us in her sovereignty and produces

  Various fruits and colored flowers and herbs.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through those who grant pardon

  For love of you; through those who endure

  Sickness and trial.



Happy those who endure in peace,

  By you, Most High, they will be crowned.



All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,

  From whose embrace no mortal can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sinl

Happy those She finds doing your will!

  The second death can do no harm to them.



Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks,

  And serve him with great humility.



--St. Francis of Assisi
 

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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