Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me Lord, a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out Your holy and true command. AMEN
We Adore You
We adore you Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ Here and in all your churches Throughout the world, And we bless you because By your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
The Canticle of Brother Sun
The Canticle witnesses the profound union between Francis and creation, seen as a gift of God. This union is built upon the category of universal fraternity, in such a way that every creature becomes for Francis “brother and sister”.
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.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendour! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
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 coloured 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 willl, for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.
Praises to be said at all the Hours
God, all powerful, most holy sublime ruler of all, you alone are good – supremely, fully, completely good, may we render to you all praise, all honour and all blessing: may we always ascribe to you alone everything that is good! Amen
receive the kingdom prepared for you since the world began.
And because we are all wretched sinners, unworthy to speak your name, therefore let Jesus Christ himself, our Lord and your beloved Son in whom you are well pleased, give thanks to you for everything, together with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, as it pleases you and pleases him. He always satisfies you in everything, and through him you have done so much for us.
Praise and Thanksgiving
God, all powerful, most holy, most high and supreme; FATHER: holy and righteous; Lord: king of heaven and earth; we thank you for yourself, because by your holy will and through your only Son and the Holy Spirit you created all things, spiritual and material. You made us in your image and likeness and placed us in paridise, and we, through our transgression fell away.
We give you thanks because, as you created us through your Son, so by the holy love with which you loved us you willed your Son to be born true God and true man of the glorious and holy Virgin Mary, and through his cross and blood and death it was your will to set us free from our captivity.
Also we thank you because that same Son of yours will come again in the glory of his majesty to condemn those who refused to repent and acknowledge you; and to say to all who did acknowledge, worship and serve you in repentance: Come, you whom my Father has blessed,
you are our hope and our delight, you are justice, you are moderation you are all our wealth and riches overflowing.
You are beauty, you are gentleness, you are our shelter, our guard and our defender, you are strength, you are refreshment, you are our hope. you are our faith. you are our love, you are our complete consolation, you are our life everlasting, great and wonderful Lord, all powerful God, merciful Savior!
Prayer for the Whole Order
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God Grant us in our misery the grace to do For your sake alone what we know you want us to do And always to desire what pleases you. Thus inwardly cleansed, Interiorly enlightened And enflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit We may be able to follow in the footprints Of your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus And so make our way to you, Most High, By your grace alone Who live and reign In perfect Trinity and in simple unity One all-powerful God Forever and ever. Amen
Meditation on the Our Father
OUR FATHER MOST HOLY, our creator and redeemer, our Savior and Consoler.
WHO ARE IN HEAVEN, in the angels and saints enlightening them that they may know you, for you, Lord, are love, dwelling in them and filling them with your divinity, that bliss may be theirs, for you, Lord, are the highest Good, the eternal Good, from whom all goodness flows, without whom nothing is good.
YOUR NAME BE HELD HOLY: may our knowledge of you shine ever more clearly within us, that we may perceive the breadth of your blessings, the extent of your promises, the height of your majesty, the depth of your judgements.
YOUR KINGDOM COME: rule us now, through grace, and bring us at last to your kingdom of light where we shall see you as you are, and our love for you will be made perfect, our union blissful, our joy unending, in you.
YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN may we love you with all our heart,
ever thinking of you; with all our soul, ever longing for you; with all our mind, directing all our aims to you and seeking nothing but your glory; with all our strength, spending all our energies and all our senses of soul and body to serve only your love and nothing else. May we love our neighbours as ourselves; drawing them all to your love in so far as we can, sharing their good fortune as if it were our own, helping them to bear their trials and doing them no wrong.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: your beloved Son our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may remember, understand and revere the love he showed for us, and all he said and did and suffered for our sake.
FORGIVE US OUR SINS through your mercy beyond words, through the power of the passion of your beloved Son, through the merits and intercession of the Virgin Mary and of all your chosen ones.
AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US and that we ourselves cannot fully forgive, make us fully forgive; make us love our enemies,
truly, for your sake; teach us how to pray sincerely to you on their behalf; and not to render harm for harm to anyone, but rather try to do good to all, in you!
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION whether veiled or visible, sudden or searing and prolonged.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL past, present and to come. Amen
Salutations to the Virgin
Hail, O Lady, Mary, holy Mother of God: you are the Virgin made Church and the one chosen by the most holy Father in heaven whom He consecrated with His most holy beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, in whom there was and is the fullness of grace and every good
Hail His Palace! Hail His Tabernacle! Hail His Home! Hail His Robe! Hail His Servant! Hail His Mother!
And hail all you holy virtues which through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state you may make them faithful to God.