Canticle of the Sun
Most high, all powerful sweet Majesty,
yours is the praise, the glory, and the honor
and every blessing.
Be praised, my Creator,
for all your creatures,
and first for brother sun,
who makes the day bright and luminous.
And he is beautiful and radiant
with great splendor,
he is the image of you, Most High.
Be praised, oh God,
for sister moon and the stars,
in the sky you have made them brilliant and
precious and beautiful.
Be praised, Great Spirit, 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, Divine Presence, for sister water,
who is very useful and humble
and precious and chaste.
Be praised Great Mystery, for brother fire,
through whom you illuminate the night.
And he is beautiful and joyous
and robust and strong.
Be praised for our sister, Mother Earth,
who nourishes us and watches over us
and brings forth various plants
with colored fruits and herbs.
Be praised, my Confessor,
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, oh Unknowable Mystery,
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 you, Spirit of Life,
and give thanks to you and serve you
with great humility.
–St. Francis of Assisi
The above was adapted from the original to omit the references to the male term of “Lord.” The varied references also give us more names with which to speak to that force which is larger than us and beyond our understanding. Go for a walk today. Give this prayer of thanksgiving as you go.
St. Francis of Assisi. 1182-1226. Italian mystic, founder of the Franciscan Order