Canticle for Earth Day

April 24, 2015

This past Wednesday, April 22nd we celebrated the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the anniversary of the modern environmental movement.  Many events were held and are being held this weekend around the world and in our own communities to remind us of our responsibility as stewards of Creation and to bring attention to support for environmental protection. In celebration of this important anniversary, I leave you with the Canticle of Creatures by St. Francis of Assisi.

Canticle of Creatures
Most High, all powerful, good Lord, to you be praise, glory, honor and all blessing.
Only to you, Most High, do they belong and no one is worthy to call upon your name.
May you be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially brother sun, through whom you lighten the day for us.
He is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; he signifies you, O Most High.
Be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars; clear and precious and lovely, they are formed in heaven.
Be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very useful and humble and precious and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, for brother fire, by whom the night is illumined for us; he is beautiful and cheerful, full of power and strength.
Be praised, my Lord, for our sister earth, who sustains and governs us and produces diverse fruits and colored flowers and grass.
Be praised, my Lord, for by all those who forgive for love of you and who bear weakness and tribulation.
Blessed are those who bear them in peace: for you, Most High, they will be crowned.
Be praised, my Lord, for our sister, the death of the body, from which no one living is able to flee; woe to those who are dying in mortal sin.
Blessed are those who are found doing your most holy will, for the second death will do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks and serve him with great humility.