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Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon

- St. Francis of Assisi - 1181-1226

Most high, almighty, good Lord! All praise, glory, honor and exaltation are yours! To you alone do they belong, and no mere mortal dares pronounce your Name.

Praise to you, O Lord our God, for all your creatures: first, for our dear Brother Sun, who gives us the day and illumines us with his light; fair is he, in splendor radiant, bearing your very likeness, O Lord.

For our Sister Moon, and for bright, shining stars: We praise you, O Lord.

For our Brother Wind, for fair and stormy seasons and all heaven's varied moods, by which you nourish all that you have made: We praise you, O Lord.

For our Sister Water, so useful, lowly, precious and pure: We praise you, O Lord.

For our Brother Fire, who brightens up our darkest nights: beautiful is he and eager, invincible and keen: We praise you, O Lord.

For our Mother Earth, who sustains and feeds us, producing fair fruits, many-colored flowers and herbs: We praise you, O Lord.

For those who forgive one another for love of you, and who patiently bear sickness and other trials. - Happy are they who peacefully endure; you will crown them, O Most High! - We praise you, O Lord.

For our Sister Death, the inescapable fact of life - Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she finds doing your will! From the Second Death they stand immune - : We praise you, O Lord.

All creatures, praise and glorify my Lord and give him thanks and serve him in great humility. WE PRAISE YOU, O LORD.