Some Franciscan Prayers

Prayers & Praises

 
O God,
you resist the proud and give grace to the humble.
Help us not to think proudly
but to serve you with the humility
which pleases you,
so we may walk in the footsteps of your servant Francis
and receive the gift of your grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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Merciful God,
you made your Church rich
through the poverty of blessèd Francis.
Help us, like him,
not to trust in earthly things
but to seek your heavenly gifts;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour …

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O God,
by whose inspiration
Francis became a little brother to all
and did not fear to take the message of peace
and love even into the heart of the enemy:
give us, who follow him,
a like spirit of reconciliation and generosity
in our own day;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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O God, by the life of blessèd Francis,
you moved your people to a love of simple things.
May we, after his example,
hold lightly to the things of this world
and store up for ourselves treasure in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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O Most High, almighty, good Lord, God,
grant your people grace
to renounce the vanities of this world;
that, after the example of blessèd Francis,
we may delight in all your creatures, for love of you,
with perfectness of joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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O God, by your servant, Francis,
you taught us renewed reverence
for the Incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ.
As we learn to serve him on earth,
so may we know more truly
his presence in our hearts with great joy;
through Jesus Christ our Redeemer …

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Keep us faithful, O God,
to the inspiration of blessèd Francis,
that seeking nothing for ourselves
we may bring true riches to the world;
through him who gave us himself,
Jesus Christ our Lord …

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Lord Jesus,
in your servant Francis
you displayed the wonderful power of the cross.
Help us always to follow you
in the way of the holy cross,
and give us strength to resist all temptation;
to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be all glory for ever.               Amen.

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Lord God,
you came among us as a servant.
Fill us with your humility
that we may, like Francis our brother,
forget ourselves in love for you
and in compassion for others;
and in the lonely, the rejected,
the deprived and the imprisoned,
find Christ our Lord …

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Maker of all,
you helped the blessèd Francis
to reflect the image of Christ
through a life of poverty and humility.
By walking in his footsteps,
and imitating his joyful love,
may we follow faithfully the pattern of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord …

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Blessèd Lord,
as Francis found joy in creation,
in beauty and simplicity,
but perfect joy in sharing the sufferings of the world:
so may we, abiding in your love,
receive your gift of perfect joy,
and by the power of your Spirit
radiate your peace,
and find, even in suffering,
the glory of God. Amen.

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O God,
you strengthened your servant, Francis,
with the power of constancy in suffering.
Grant us, after his example,
for love of you,
to despise the prosperity of this world
and to fear none of its adversities;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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Father in heaven,
your servant Francis
found perfect joy in being rejected.
Help us also to draw near
to our crucified Lord
that the joy of his triumph may shine in us
to your glory and the healing of your world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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O Lord Jesus Christ,
you raised up Francis
to renew in your Church
the life of simplicity and evangelical poverty
and imprinted on his flesh the marks of your wounds.
Pour out your Spirit on us,
that, following you in the nakedness of the cross
and bearing your wounds in our hearts,
we may at length attain to your perfect likeness;
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
live and reign, one God, now and for ever.        Amen.

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O God,
you gave us blessèd Francis
to be a teacher and a leader
in following the ways of your only-begotten Son.
Grant, we pray,
that we who honour his memory here on earth
may share his glory in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …

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Lord, make us to walk in your Way:
‘Where there is love and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance;
where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor annoyance;
where there is poverty and joy,
there is neither greed nor avarice;
where there is peace and contemplation,
there is neither care nor restlessness;
where there is the fear of God to guard the dwelling,
there no enemy can enter;
where there is mercy and prudence,
there is neither excess nor harshness’;
this we know through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.          Amen.                Francis of Assisi

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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;
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.      Amen.                19th-Century French Prayer

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God of mercy,
your words gave Francis
freedom to become your servant.
Set us free to follow his path of poverty,
to proclaim his message of peace,
and to live his life of prayer
in the power of the Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit
gives freedom through forgiveness
and new life in your love.         Amen.

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Most High and glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of our hearts
and give us a true faith, a certain hope
and a perfect love.
Give us a sense of the Divine
and knowledge of Yourself,
so that we may do everything
in fulfilment of your holy will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord …                    Francis of Assisi

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FOR ALL FRANCISCANS

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O Friend of the forsaken
and Lover of the unloved,
make us bearers of your presence to all.
Teach us to walk in the poverty of your Son
and to be among your people as those who serve;
in the name of him who for our sakes
became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord …

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O God,
your love led Francis and Clare
to establish our three Orders.
Draw us into your love, that,
in its perfection,
we may grow in love towards all
with whom we have to do;
for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who gives himself in love to all.          Amen.

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