Canticle of Creation

The Canticle of Creation is a song of praise written by Francis of Assisi as he approached death. Francis calls out to all of creation as brother and sister, revealing the core of the Franciscan worldview. Francis saw God in everything and so do we. We look upon the earth with humility and with an open and grateful heart, aware of the divine goodness in all things. The Canticle is about the transformation that is taking place in each of us.



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.

 Praise 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.

 Praise 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 Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us 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.

AMEN.

 


Praise be you, my Lord!