Prayers of St. Francis
The Prayer Before the Crucifix
Most high, glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me, Lord, a correct faith,
a certain hope, a perfect charity,
sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
“My God and My All!”
We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here
and in all your churches in the whole
world, and we bless you, because by
your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
“Praises of God”
All-powerful, most holy,
most high, and supreme God:
all good, supreme good, totally good,
You who alone are good;
May we give You,
all praise, all glory, all blessing,
and all good things. So be. So be it. Amen.
Peace Prayer of St. 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.
Grant that I may not so much seek 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,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying
That we are born to eternal life.
(Attributed to St. Francis.)