Day 9 – For the love of creation
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is yours, all glory, honour and blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong;
no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
We praise you, Lord, for all your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom you give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
of you Most High, he bears your likeness.
We praise you, Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them
bright, precious and fair.
We praise you, Lord, for Brothers Wind and Air,
fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which you cherish all that you have made.
We praise you, Lord, for Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.
We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night.
He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.
We praise you, Lord, for Sister Earth,
who sustains us
with her fruits, coloured flowers, and herbs.
We praise you, Lord, for those who pardon,
for love of you bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
by you Most High, they will be crowned.
We praise and bless you, Lord, and give you thanks,
and serve you in all humility.
(Extract from Canticle of the Sun, St Francis of Assisi)
Creator God, we give you thanks for all of your creation, in its diversity, beauty and abundance. We remember that we are just one part of this creation and we pray that we may serve you in all humility as we live amongst all that you have made.
Forgive us for the times we have taken the gifts of your creation for granted, taken more than our fair share, or used them for our own ends without considering the consequences.
Guide world leaders to put those who live in poverty and the good of creation at the heart of their decisions.
Inspire us to come together and reach out in solidarity with our sisters and brothers throughout the world. And lead us all to play our part by making changes to better love our neighbours and care for your creation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
St Francis, pray for us.