In Praise of Sister Moon

Seeing as how we are graced with a visit of Sister "SuperMoon" passing so close to our earth today ( see previous post here), it seems appropriate to include a reflection in praise of St. Francis and His Canticle of the Sun. 

Click here for a fine reflection by Helen Hood on how the Canticle was written at a difficult time in the life of St Francis.
 The video does not show the full prayer - but full version is below it.

Full Canticle 
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 splendour!
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 coloured 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 perso
n 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.

The video below is about the cross of San Damiano.

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