The Canticle of the Creatures

“The great poem by St. Francis of Assisi, The Canticle of the Creatures, sums up the whole of Francis’ spirituality,” says Fr. Murray Bodo (the voice of our St. Francis Novena).

Fr. Murray explains his connection to St. Francis through their mutual love of words in this video by Franciscan Media.

Fr. Murray recorded The Canticle of the Creatures for us so you can follow along in the video, or listen to the audio, or read the poem below.


The Canticle of the Creatures
by St. Francis of Assisi

Most High, all-powerful,
good Lord,
yours is the praise,
the glory and the honor and every blessing.

To you alone, Most High,
do they belong,
and no one is worthy
to speak your name.

Praised be you, my Lord
with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom
you bring us light.

And he is lovely, shining
with great splendor,
for he heralds you, Most High.

Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Moon and Stars.
In heaven you have formed them,
lightsome and precious and fair.

And praised be you, my Lord,
through Brother Wind, through
air and cloud, through calm
and every weather by which
you sustain your creatures.

Praised be you, my Lord,
through Sister Water,
so very useful and humble,
precious and chaste.

Praised be you, my Lord
through Brother Fire,
by whom you light up
the night, and he is
handsome and merry,
robust and strong.

Praised be you, my Lord,
through our Sister, Mother Earth,
who sustains us and directs us
bringing forth all kinds of fruits
and colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be you, my Lord
through those who forgive
for your love
and who bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those
who endure in peace,
for by you, Most High,
they will be crowned.

Praised be you, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death
from whom no living being
can escape.

How dreadful for those
who die in mortal sin!
How blessed are those she
finds in your most holy will
for the second death
can do them no harm.

O praise and bless my Lord,
thank him and serve him
humbly but grandly!

~

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Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, is a writer and poet, his newest book, Surrounded By Love: Teachings from Saint Francis, will be released mid-October. Pre-order your copy through Franciscan Media now.

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