The Prayer of St. Francis is one of the best known and best loved prayers in the world today. Attributed traditionally to St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), pictured above, its actual origins are much more recent. Nonethless it beautifully reflects his devotion to God!
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
PRAYER FOR THE WORLD
God of Love and hope,
You made the world and care of all creation,
and yet the world feels strange and threatened right now,
Threatened by the Coronavirus.
We are anxious that we might become ill; anxious for family, friends, for parents and their children,
and for our jobs and security.
We pray for all who labor in essential service; for first responders, and all who keep watch; for those
who stock our stores, for medical workers tending to our sick, and working for a cure; for all who must
show up against their will.
We pray for all who are ill.
In the midst of our worries and dangers protect us and help us find peace.
As we look for signs of your goodness and love towards us, keep our hearts always in your love;