Prayers Attributed To Francis Of Assisi

Most High, Glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of our minds.
Give us a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity,
so that we may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen.

Prayer in praise of God given to Brother Leo:
This prayer has special significance if we recall that Leo was Francis's confessor, and also a loving friend who had comforted Francis through times of anxiety, insomnia, and fear. It is all too easy, when we deal with the great saints, to assume their directors were such in "name only" - we are a Church, and the greatest of lovers did not need other Christians less than would the rest of us. It seems quite likely that Francis's (non-confidential) writings which were directed to Leo were those he was instructed to compose. Notice that this alone, of all the glorious prayers Francis composed, consists totally of worship, praise and thanksgiving - with no reference to sin or its consequences. It appears Leo was a wise man indeed!

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.
 

In praise of the Virtues:

Hail, Wisdom Queen, may the Lord protect thee,
With thy sister, pure and holy Simplicity.
Holy Lady Poverty, may the Lord protect thee,
With thy sister, holy Humility.
Lady, Holy Charity, may the Lord protect thee,
With thy Sister, holy Obedience.
O most holy Virtues, may the Lord protect thee all,
from Whom you come and proceed.

Most holy virtues, the Lord salute all of you, He from whom you come and proceed.
There is scarcely a man in all the world, who can have one of you, before he dies.
He who has one and offends not the others, has all.
And he who offends one, has none and offends all. (cf. Jn 2:10)
And any whatsoever confounds vices and sins.
Holy Wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickedness.
Pure Holy Simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world (cf. 1 Cor. 2:6) ,
Holy Poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world.
Holy Humility confounds pride and all the men, who are in the world, and likewise all the things, which are in the world.

Holy Charity confounds all the diabolic and carnal temptations and all carnal fears.
Holy Obedience confounds all things corporal both carnal and one's own willings and holds the body mortified in obedience to the spirit and in obedience to one's brother and is subject and submissive to all the men, who are in the world and not only to men, but even to all the beasts and wildlife, so that they might do with him, whatever they will, as much as it will have been given them from above by the Lord (cf. Jn 19:11).
 

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi before the Blessed Sacrament:

We adore You, O Lord Jesus Christ, in this church and all the churches of the world, and we bless You, because, by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

Praising Mary the Mother of Jesus:

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin.
You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven,
consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son
and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace.
Hail His Tabernacle.
Hail His Robe.
Hail His Handmaid.
Hail, His Mother.
and Hail, all holy Virtues, who, by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
are poured into the hearts of the faithful
so that from their faithless state,
they may be made faithful servants of God through you.

Note: Sorry to say, though it is indeed in his spirit, the famous Peace Prayer (Make me an instrument of thy peace..) was not written by Francis. It was composed c. 1900 by an anonymous Englishman.



 
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