Franciscan Prayers

The Peace Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace!
      Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
      Where there is injury, pardon;
      Where there is doubt, faith;
      Where there is despair, hope;
      Where there is darkness, light;
      Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
     Grant that I may not so much seek
     To be consoled, as to console;
     To be understood, as to understand;
     To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
     It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
     And it is in dying,
     That we are born to eternal life.

The Canticle of Creation
Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather
through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.

Original Text in Umbrian Dialect:
Altissimu, onnipotente bon Signore,
Tue so le laude, la gloria e l’honore et onne benedictione.
Ad Te solo, Altissimo, se konfano,

et nullu homo ène dignu te mentouare.
Laudato sie, mi Signore cum tucte le Tue creature,

spetialmente messor lo frate Sole,
lo qual è iorno, et allumini noi per lui.
Et ellu è bellu e radiante cum grande splendore:
de Te, Altissimo, porta significatione.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per sora Luna e le stelle:

in celu l’ài formate clarite et pretiose et belle.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per frate Uento

et per aere et nubilo et sereno et onne tempo,
per lo quale, a le Tue creature dài sustentamento.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per sor’Acqua,

la quale è multo utile et humile et pretiosa et casta.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per frate Focu,

per lo quale ennallumini la nocte:
ed ello è bello et iucundo et robustoso et forte.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per sora nostra matre Terra,

la quale ne sustenta et gouerna,
et produce diuersi fructi con coloriti fior et herba.
Laudato si, mi Signore, per quelli ke perdonano per lo Tuo amore

et sostengono infirmitate et tribulatione.
Beati quelli ke ‘l sosterranno in pace,

ka da Te, Altissimo, sirano incoronati.
Laudato si mi Signore, per sora nostra Morte corporale,

da la quale nullu homo uiuente pò skappare:
guai a quelli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali;
beati quelli ke trouarà ne le Tue sanctissime uoluntati,
ka la morte secunda no ‘l farrà male.
Laudate et benedicete mi Signore et rengratiate

e seruiteli cum grande humilitate.

A Blessing of St. Francis
May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May He show His face to you and be merciful to you.
May He turn His Countenance to you and give you peace.

A Prayer Inspired by the “Our Father”
O Our Father most holy:
Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler, and Savior:
Who are in heaven:
In the angels and the saints,
enlightening them to know, for You, Lord, are light;
inflaming them to love, for You, Lord, are love;
dwelling in them and filling them with happiness,
for You, Lord, are Supreme Good, the Eternal Good,
without Whom there is no good.
Holy be Your Name:
May knowledge of You become clearer in us that we may know
the breadth of Your blessings,
the length of Your promises,
the height of Your majesty,
the depth of Your judgements.
Your kingdom come:
That You may rule in us through Your grace and enable us to come to our kingdom
where there is clear vision of You,  perfect love of You, blessed companionship with You, eternal enjoyment of You.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven:
That we may love You with our whole heart by always thinking of You,
with our whole soul by always desiring You,
with our whole mind by always directing all our intentions to You,
and by seeking Your glory in everything,
with all our whole strength by exerting all our energies and affections of body and soul
in the service of Your love and of nothing else;
and we may love our neighbor as ourselves
by drawing them all to our love with our whole strength,
By rejoicing in the good of others as in our own,
by suffering with others at their misfortunes,
and by giving offense to no one.

Give us this day:
in remembrance, understanding, and reverence
of that love which [our Lord Jesus Christ] had for us
and of those things that He said and did and suffered for us.
our daily Bread:
Your own beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Forgive us our trespasses:
through Your ineffable mercy
through the power of the passion of Your beloved Son
and through the merits and intercession
of the ever blessed Virgin and all Your elect.
As we forgive those who trespass against us:
And what we do not completely forgive,
make us, Lord, forgive completely
that we may truly love our enemies because of You
and we may fervently intercede for them before You,
returning no one evil for evil
and we may strive to help everyone in You.
And lead us not into temptation:
hidden or obvious,
sudden or persistent.
But deliver us from evil:
past, present, and to come.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Amen.

Prayer Taken from the Testament
We adore You, Lord Jesus Christ,
in all Your churches
throughout the whole world
and we bless You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

The Prayer before the Crucifix
Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and
give me true faith,
certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.

Prayer for Missionaries
O Lord, through the intercession of our brothers, St. Bernard and his companions, protomartyrs of our seraphic Order, remember your missionaries who give up all they have to testify to your gospel and love. Strengthen them in moments of difficulty. Through their endeavors, may your blessed Name be made known throughout the world. Surrounded by an ever-growing number of your children, may they raise to you the hymn of thankfulness, redemption, and glory.
Amen.

St. Clare Prayer
Clare, virgin holy to God, we honor you, the chosen spouse of Christ. As guide and model to the sisters, guide us as we seek to attain heavenly holiness.
V.  Pray for us, holy mother Clare.
R.  Help us become worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Merciful God, Who inspired holy mother Clare with a fervent love of gospel poverty, through her intercession grant that we, too, might follow the poor and humble Christ in order to rejoice in seeing You in the perfect joy of Your kingdom.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

St. Joseph of Cupertino Prayer for Students
O humble St. Joseph of Cupertino, singularly favored by God in the difficulties of study and the worries of examinations, implore the Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind and aid my memory in the search of His truth and wisdom. Help me especially in the decisive moments of examination, protecting me from the forgetfulness and disturbing anxiety that often accompany them, so that I may grow in the knowledge, love and service of God from Whom flows that wisdom which leads to eternal life.
Amen.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Prayer
Amidst hate and imprisonment, you brought love into the lives of fellow captives and sowed the seeds of hope amidst despair. You bore witness to the whole world by word and deed that “Love alone creates.”
V.  Pray for us, St. Maximilian Kolbe.
R. Help us become worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, You inflamed St. Maximilian the friar and priest with love for the Immaculate Virgin and filled him with zeal for souls and love of neighbor. Through his prayers grant us to work strenuously for Your glory in the service of our sisters and brothers, and so be made conformable to Your Son until death.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Praises of God
You are holy Lord God Who does wonderful things.
You are strong. You are great. You are the most high.
You are the almighty king. You holy Father,
King of heaven and earth.
You are three and one, the Lord God of gods;
You are the good, all good, the highest good,
Lord God living and true.
You are love, charity; You are wisdom, You are humility,
You are patience, You are beauty, You are meekness,
You are security, You are rest,
You are gladness and joy, You are our hope, You are justice,
You are moderation, You are all our riches to sufficiency.
You are beauty, You are meekness,
You are the protector, You are our custodian and defender,
You are strength, You are refreshment. You are our hope,
You are our faith, You are our charity,
You are all our sweetness, You are our eternal life:
Great and wonderful Lord, Almighty God, Merciful Savior.

St. Francis composed “The Praises of God” on Mount La Verna, September 1224, when he received the stigmata. Written on a parchment which is signed and also contains a blessing from St. Francis to brother Leo, it is conserved as a relic in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.

Prayer is one of the most important aspects of a friar’s life. This prayer takes many forms including responding to the specific needs of those who ask to be remembered in our prayers. As we gather daily for our community celebration of the Eucharist and the recitation of the Divine Office, we would be happy to include your intention to our petitions. The Companions of St. Anthony is a ministry of Our Lady of the Angels Province. They consist of the friars and their friends, who share a common bond inspired by the life and values of St. Anthony of Padua. Together we give glory to God through living the values which were so dear to St. Anthony: Love for the Eucharist; knowledge of Scripture; reconciliation and penance as part of the Christian journey; prayer; devotion to Mary, the Mother of God; and opportunities for Christian giving.
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