Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Prayer of Admiration and Praise 2

St. Francis of Assisi's Canticle of the Sun one of the purest professions of praise of the Godhead in Christian hagiography. Even those who are not Christians admire its sentiments and all of us can make them our own.

"O most High, Almighty, good Lord,
to You belongs praise, glory, honor and all blessing.
Praised be my Lord God with all His creatures,
and especially our Brother the Sun
who brings us the day and brings us the night.
Fair is he and shines with a very great splendor.
O Lord, he signifies You to us.
Praised be my Lord for our Sister the Moon
and for the stars which He has set clear and lovely in heaven.
Praised be my Lord for our Brother the Wind
and for the air and clouds, calms and all weather
by which You uphold life in all creatures.
Praised be my Lord for our Sister Water who is very
serviceable to us,
and humble and precious and very clean.
Praised be my Lord for our Brother Fire through which You give
us light in the darkness.
He is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.
Praised be my Lord for our Mother the Earth which sustains us
keeping us, and brings forth grass and diverse fruits
and flowers of many kinds.
Praise and bless the Lord and give thanks to Him
and serve Him with great humility. Amen."

We praise God whenever we use even the least things God has made...because we see beyond them and behind them and beneath them God's original act of creation and His constant, sustaining divine power.

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