October 4, 2013

The Canticle of Brother Sun :: Saint Francis of Assisi

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Franciscan Prayers, Saint Francis at 2:29 am by davebayne

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 bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers 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.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.

January 11, 2013

Evening Prayer of Augustine of Hippo

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Evening Prayer at 7:48 am by davebayne

Watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give Your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Your weary ones.
bless Your dying ones.
soothe your suffering ones.
pity Your afflicted ones.
shield Your joyous ones.
and all for Your Love’s sake.

~Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Taken from: Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book

November 9, 2012

Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers at 4:03 pm by davebayne

How good Thou art, O God! All is done for us by Thee, who dost but ask us to give our wills to Thee that we may be pliable as wax in Thy hands.
~ Theresa of Avila (1515-1582)

August 24, 2012

Saint Francis’ Prayer for Holiness

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Saint Francis at 4:03 am by davebayne

Saint Francis’ Petition for Holiness from the Earlier Rule
(St. Francis of Assisi and a Prayer of Importance)

let us desire nothing else,
let us want nothing else,
let nothing else please us and cause us delight
except our Creator, Redeemer and Savior,
the only true God,
Who is the fullness of good,
all good, every good, the true and supreme good,
Who alone is good,
merciful, gentle, delightful, and sweet,
Who alone is holy,
just, true, holy, and upright,
Who alone is kind, innocent, clean,
from Whom, through Whom and in Whom
is all pardon, all grace, all glory
of all penitents and just ones,
of all the blessed rejoicing together in heaven.

Taken from: http://datinggod.org/2012/07/10/francis-of-assisi-and-a-prayer-of-importance/

August 3, 2012

Prayer of Saint Boniface

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers at 3:21 pm by davebayne

Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

July 20, 2012

Take, Lord, and Receive ~ St. Ignatius Prayer

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 3:34 pm by davebayne

Take Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and thy grace, for this is sufficient for me.
~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 13, 2012

Ignatian First Principle and Foundation

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 2:41 am by davebayne

(Paraphrased by David L. Fleming, S.J.)
St. Ignatius begins his Spiritual Exercises with The First Principle and Foundation.

The Goal of our life is to live with God forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God’s life
to flow into us without limit.

All the things in this world are gifts from God,
Presented to us so that we can know God more easily
and make a return of love more readily.
As a result, we appreciate and use all these gifts of God
Insofar as they help us to develop as loving persons.
But if any of these gifts become the center of our lives,
They displace God
And so hinder our growth toward our goal.

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance
Before all of these created gifts insofar as we have a choice
And are not bound by some obligation.
We should not fix our desires on health or sickness,
Wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one.
For everything has the potential of calling forth in us
A deeper response to our life in God.

Our only desire and our one choice should be this:
I want and I choose what better leads
To God’s deepening his life in me.

July 11, 2012

Prayer of Saint Benedict ~ A Spirit to Know You

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Benedictine Prayers, Classic Prayers at 4:52 am by davebayne

Gracious and Holy Father,
Please give me:
intellect to understand you,
reason to discern you,
diligence to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
a spirit to know you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
ears to hear you,
eyes to to see you,
a tongue to proclaim you,
a way of life pleasing to you,
patience to wait for you
and perseverance to look for you.

Grant me a perfect end,
your holy presence,
a blessed resurrection
and life everlasting.


July 6, 2012

A Prayer for Spiritual Freedom

Posted in Classic Prayers, Ignatian Prayers at 4:02 am by davebayne

Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
all our actions by your inspirations,
carry them on by your gracious assistance,
that every prayer and work of ours
may always begin from you
and through you be happily ended.

This prayer is frequently used by Jesuits to begin classes and meetings.

Taken from: Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, edited by Michael Harter, SJ.

March 23, 2012

Day by Day Prayer of St. Richard of Chichester

Posted in Ancient Prayers, Classic Prayers at 3:17 am by davebayne

Day by day, dear Lord, of you three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
follow you more nearly,
day by day.
~ Richard of Chichester (1200’s)

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