On October 3, 1226 Saint Francis of Assisi dies. One of the most popular saints in Catholic tradition, he is known for his writings such as the Canticle of Creation. It is also sometimes referred to as Laudes Creaturarum, the Canticle of the Creatures, and the Canticle of the Sun. It was originally composed as a hymn to be sung in Italian as spoken in the region of Francis’s home, Central Italy. It was believed to have been written as he was recovering from an illness and it was with that in mind he included references to Sister Death.

O Most High, all-powerful, good Lord God,
to you belong praise, glory,
honour 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 colours.
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 our Sister Death,
whom we must all face.
I praise and bless you, Lord,
and I give thanks to you,
and I will serve you in all humility.

Saint Francis of Assisi, Canticle of Creation

Book Title: Brother Sun, Sister Moon : Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the creatures

Book Author: Paterson, Katherine 

Dewey Decimal Call Number: J242 P 2011

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