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Monday, October 22, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: All Creatures of Our God and King


All Your works shall praise You, O Lord,
And Your saints shall bless You. (Psalm 145:10)

Originally, and more appropriately, entitled "The Canticle of the Sun," Saint Francis of Assisi wrote this hymn near the end of his life while living in a small hut in the garden of the Covent of St. Damian where he had come to say goodbye to his dear friend Sister Clara.

Nearly 700 years later, William Draper changed the name and paraphrased some of the text for a children's Pentecost festival. Since then, it is difficult to find two hymnals with the same version.

While this hymn might not be so popular in our contemporary churches today, St. Francis remains one of the most esteemed and respected religious figures in history.

His familiar prayer is a good one with which to start our week:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is
discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is
error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope. Where there is
sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
For it is in giving, that we receive. It is in
pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.

Blessings,




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