The Canticle of the Creatures

In an age desperately in need of an intelligent response to the environmental crisis, St Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures suddenly sounds very contemporary.

Piero Casentini - Francesco e il pettirossoMost High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours is the praise is Yours, the glory,
the honour and all blessing.
To you alone, Most High,
do they belong,
and no man is worthy
to mention you.

Canticle of the Creatures - Brother Fore - Piero CasentiniPraised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun.
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;
of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Canticle of the Creatures - Sister Moon - Piero CasentiniBe praised, my Lord,
through Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them bright,
precious and fair.

Canticle of the Creatures - Brother Wind - Piero CasentiniBe praised, my Lord,
through Brother Wind,
and through air and clouds
and fine and every weather
through which You nourish
all your creatures.

Canticle of the Creatures - Sister Water - Piero CasentiniPraised be You, my Lord,
through Sister Water,
so useful, humble,
precious and pure.

Canticle of the Creatures - Brother Fire - Piero CasentiniBe praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night;
He is beautiful and playful
and robust and strong.

Canticle of the Creatures - Sister, Mother Earth - Piero CasentiniBe praised, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits
with coloured flowers and herbs

Canticle of the Creatures - Sister Death - Piero CasentiniBe praised, my Lord,
through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Holy Will.
The second death can do them no harm.

I praise you and bless you my Lord
and thank you and serve you
with great humility.

Images © Piero Casentini, made for the Sanctuary of San Damiano at Assisi.

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~ by scalambra on July 4, 2013.

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