Evening Prayer VIII

Most high,
all powerful,
all good Lord

All praise is yours.
all glory, all honor,
and all blessing.

To you, alone, Most High,
do they belong. No mortal lips
are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord,
through all your creatures:

especially through
my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day;
and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful
and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord,
through Sister Moon
and the stars
in the heavens you have made them,
precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord,
through Sister Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms,
and all the weather,
through which you give
your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, My Lord,
through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble,
and precious,
and pure.

Be praised, my Lord,
through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful,
and powerful
and strong.

Be praised, my Lord,
through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits
with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord,
through those who forgive
for love of you;
through those who endure sickness
and trial.
Happy those who endure in peace,
for by you, Most High,
they will be crowned.

~ St. Francis of Assisi, b. 1181 AD, “Canticle of The Sun”

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