What Are the Words to the St. Francis of Assisi Prayer?


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The words of the St. Francis of Assisi prayer depend on the subject of the prayer. More than a dozen prayers are attributed to St. Francis of Assisi; the Peace Prayer is one of the more well-known.

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In the Peace Prayer, reciters asks God to move them from a life of self turmoil to a life in which God provides benefits by controlling their lives. Examples from the prayer include, "Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is doubt, the faith ... And where there is sadness, joy."

Another of St. Francis' prayers is the Canticle to All Creatures, also known as the Canticle to Brother Sun. In it, reciters offer praise for God's creations such as Sir Brother Sun, Sister Moon and Mother Earth, "who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs." The prayer notes Francis' "great love for each of Your creatures. Teach us to see Your design in all of creation."

St. Francis was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone in Assisi, Umbria, Italy in 1181 or 1182. He entered the local Roman Catholic diocese, as a brother, in 1206. The Order of Friars Minor was formed by Francis. He died on Oct. 3, 1226, after contracting several diseases. Francis' feast day is celebrated annually on Oct. 4.

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