Today, on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi,
Fr. Pat will be blessing animals in the parish parking lot.
Do join us!
We associate the song we know as the Prayer of St. Francis with the saint, but the prayer we actually know he is responsible for is the Canticle of the Sun, written in 1224, a celebration of all of Creation. Renowned Catholic composer Marty Haugen set this lovely and joyous poem to music:
The heavens are telling the glory of God,
and all creation is shouting for joy!
Come, dance in the forest,
come, play in the field,
and sing, sing to the glory of the Lord!
Praise for the sun, the bringer of day,
he carries the light of the Lord in his rays;
the moon and the stars who light up the way
unto your throne!
Praise for the wind that blows through trees,
the seas’ mighty storms, the gentlest breeze;
they blow where they will,
they blow where they please to please the Lord!
Praise for the rain that waters our fields,
and blesses our crops so all the earth yields;
from death unto life her myst’ry revealed
springs forth in joy!
Praise for the fire who gives us his light,
the warmth of the sun to brighten our night;
he dances with joy, his spirit so bright,
he sings of you!
Praise for the earth who makes life to grow,
the creatures you made to let your life show;
the flowers and trees that help us to know
the heart of love.
Praise for our death that makes our life real,
the knowledge of loss that helps us to feel;
the gift of yourself, your presence revealed
to lead us home.
To hear St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun performed at the live Come and Journey concert by Marty Haugen and friends (minus the last two verses), click on the video below. To purchase the song, click here.
Image source: https://sosf.org/the-canticle-of-the-sun/Video source