Salaam and Greetings of Peace:
The “Canticle of Creation” is a song of praise written by St Francis of Assisi as he approached death. Francis calls out to all of creation, and since God is the source of all being, all creatures are brothers and sisters to one another and everything is deserving of love and respect. Francis saw God in everything. He looked upon the earth with humility and with an open and grateful heart, aware of the divine goodness in all things. May we all learn to follow his example.
CANTICLE OF CREATION
Be praised Good Lord for Brother Sun
who brings us each new day.
Be praised for Sister Moon: white
beauty bright and fair, with wandering
stars she moves through the night.
Be praised my Lord for Brother Wind,
for air and clouds and the skies of every season.
Be praised for Sister Water: humble,
helpful, precious, pure; she cleanses
us in rivers and renews us in rain.
Be praised my Lord for Brother fire:
he purifies and enlightens us.
Be praised my Lord for Mother Earth:
abundant source, all life sustaining;
she feeds us bread and fruit and gives us flowers.
Be praised my Lord for the gift of life;
for changing dusk and dawn; for touch
and scent and song.
Be praised my Lord for those who
pardon one another for love of Thee,
and endure sickness and tribulation.
Blessed are they who shall endure it in
peace, for they shall be crowned by Thee.
Be praised Good Lord for sister Death
who welcomes us in loving embrace.
Be praised my Lord for all Your
creation serving You joyfully.