Franciscan Prayers


Saint Francis’ Prayer 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.  Amen.

Saint Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix

Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me
true faith, certain hope, and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out
Your Holy and true command.  Amen.

Saint Francis’ Meditation Prayer

My God and my ALL!

Saint Francis’ Vocation Prayer

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

Saint Francis’ Greetings to the Blessed Virgin

Hail, Lady and Queen,
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Virgin who became the Church,
chosen by the Father in Heaven,
consecrated by His beloved Son
and His Spirit, the Comforter:
in you was and remains,
the whole fullness of Grace
and everything that is good.

Hail, His palace,
Hail, His Tabernacle,
Hail, His dwelling,
Hail, His Robe,
Hail, His Handmaid,
Hail, His Mother!

O Holy Mother, sweet and fair to see, for us beseech the King,
Your dearest Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to death for us delivered:
that in His pitying clemency, and by virtue of His most Holy Incarnation
and bitter death, He may pardon our sins.

Holy Virgin Mary, among all the women of the world, there is no like You.
You are the Daughter and Handmaid of the Most High King,
Father in Heaven.
You are the Mother of our Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ.
You are the Bride of the Holy Spirit,
Pray for us, with St Michael the Archangel, and all powers of Heaven
and all the Saints, to Your Most Holy and Beloved Son,
our Lord and Master.  Amen.

Saint Francis’ Prayer Praising Mary the Mother of God

Hail, O Lady, Holy Queen, Mary, Holy Mother of God:
You are the Virgin made Church chosen by the Most Holy Father in Heaven
whom He consecrated with His Most Holy Beloved Son and with
the Holy Spirit the Paraclete, in whom there was and is
fullness of Grace and every good.

Hail His Palace!  Hail His Tabernacle!  Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!  Hail His Servant!  Hail His Mother!

And Hail all you Holy Virtues which are poured into the hearts of the
faithful through the Grace and Enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, that from
being unbelievers, You may  make them faithful to God.  Amen.

Saint Francis’ Blessing to Brother Leo

The Lord Bless and keep you;
May He show His Face to you and have mercy.
May He turn His Countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord Bless you, Brother Leo.

Saint Francis’ Canticle of All Creatures

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the Heavens You have made them bright, precious  and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trail.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.