The Canticle of Creation by St. Francis of Assisi

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, God, to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing.
Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light; he is strong and shines magnificently. O Lord, we think of you when we look at him.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon, and for the stars which you have set shining and lovely in the heavens.
Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, through whom you give us light in the darkness: he is bright, and lively, and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colors.
Be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for love of you; and for those who bear sickness and weakness in peace and patience–you will grant them a crown.
Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Death, whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord, and I give thanks to you, and will serve you in all humility.

francis

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