Prayer of Saint Francis

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis With the Animals

Saint Francis With the Animals

Saint Francis Praying

Saint Francis Praying

“Prayer of Saint Francis” ~ Also known as “The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis”

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a powerful prayer to our Divine Master – God; used everyday it is to be understood as a transformational prayer — a prayer for change.

At the time of the Second World War, and immediately after, this prayer for peace began spreading widely as the The Peace Prayer of St. Francis and over the years has become a popular and powerful prayer all over the world with people of all faiths.

St. Francis was born Francesco Bernardone, to a rich merchant, at Assisi, Italy, in 1181. St. Francis disowned (renounced) his family and founded a religious order establishing principles of poverty and preaching with the intention to take the Church back to its Gospel origins.

In a small village north of Rome, St. Francis of Assisi in Greccio, is said to have created the first Nativity.  In 1223, St. Francis placed in a small cave with some straw, a crib, and a several live animals. This brought villagers to visit the site and to this day continues to attract thousands on The Saint Francis Walk.

At the most popular time of his life, St. Francis died October 3, 1226, at the Portiuncula Chapel near Assisi.  Two years after his death he was canonized (declared a Saint). Hence the founding of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi where the Florentine painter Giotto painted a series of frescoes depicting many scenes of the life of St. Francis.

Prayer of Saint Francis

LORD, make me an instrument of Your 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,
And where there is sadness, joy.

DIVINE MASTER, grant that I may not seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
In pardoning that we are pardoned,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Prayer of St. Francis by Sarah MacLachlan

Prayer of Saint Francis, to be understood, powerful prayer, Divine Master

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