8th April

Sing With the Sun

Praise the Lord, sun, moon and shining stars. Praise the Lord highest heavens and the waters …. Praise the Lord strong winds … all animals and … all peoples … Psalm 148: 3, 4, 8, 10, 11

Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures
Especially Sir Brother Sun
Who is the day, and through whom you give us light.
He is beautiful and radiant, with great splendour
And bears a likeness of you, Most High One.

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
Who is very useful and humble, precious and pure.

Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire
Through whom you light the night
He is beautiful and playful, robust and strong.

Praised be you, my Lord, through our sister, Mother Earth
Who sustains and governs us
And who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Francis of Assissi Translation based on that of Armstrong and Brady

Blessed Lord
as Francis found joy in creation, in beauty and simplicity
but perfect joy in sharing the sufferings of the world
so may we, abiding in your love
receive your gift of perfect joy
and by the power of your Spirit
radiate your joy
and find, even in suffering,
the glory of God.
A prayer at the Franciscan Priory, Almouth