Feast of Saint Francis

I pulled this from a year ago.  It is a grand day in the life of the church, enjoy!

From October 4, 2011

Today is the Feast of Saint Francis. Even my United Methodist background found room for this saint.  I remember when the Book of Worship came out in 1992, it was amazing to see a service included for the Blessing of the Animals and the suggested date was October 4, or the Sunday nearest the Saint Francis commemoration.

I have read a number of biographies and articles about him, and like much of the world, there is a spark in his life that captures our imaginations. In the earlier version of this website, I wrote a long piece on Saint Francis and included some of his prayers.  Today I am going to link to a few resources and include a more obscure prayer attributed to him.

May this celebration of this saint’s life open you to the possibilities of of your own life.

You are loved by God and invited to respond by loving your neighbor and the whole creation.

Scriptures for the Day:

Galatians 6:14-18
Matthew 11:25-30
Psalm 148:7-14 or
Psalm 121

Collect for the Day:

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

More about him:

St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer in praise of God given to Brother Leo

You are holy, Lord, the only God,
and Your deeds are wonderful.
You are strong.
You are great.
You are the Most High.
You are Almighty.
You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth.
You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good.
You are Good, all Good, supreme Good,
Lord God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom.
You are humility. You are endurance.
You are rest. You are peace.
You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.
You are all our riches, and You suffice for us.
You are beauty.
You are gentleness.
You are our protector.
You are our guardian and defender.
You are our courage. You are our haven and our hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation.
You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, Merciful Saviour.

 

 

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