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What is the San Francis of Assisi prayer?

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The Saint Francis of Assisi prayer is often called "Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace." The prayer is wrongly attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi. In reality, it cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in Paris, France.

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The first portion of the prayer is most often repeated and is as follows: "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy."

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi first made its appearance in the United States in 1927. The first English translation of the prayer is from the Quaker magazine, "Friends' Intelligencer." The prayer became extremely popular during World War I because of the strong themes of peace, forgiveness and hope.

There are many prayers that call upon Saint Francis or mention him by name, including "Saint Francis's Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament," "Saint Francis's Prayer Before the Crucifix" and "Saint Francis's Greetings to the Blessed Virgin." "Lord Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace" has been quoted by Mother Theresa, Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher.

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