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St Francis’ Prayer from the Earlier Rule

let us desire nothing else, let us want nothing else,
let nothing please us and cause us delight
except Our Creator and Redeemer and Saviour,
the only true God, who is the fullness of good,
all good, every good, the true and supreme good,
who alone is good, merciful, gentle, delightful and sweet,
who alone is holy,
from whom and through whom and in whom is all pardon, all grace, all glory
Therefore let nothing hinder us,
nothing separate us, nothing come between us.

Wherever we are in every place, at every hour
at every time of day, every day and continually,
let all of us truly and humbly believe
and hold in our hearts and love,
honour, adore, serve, praise and bless,
glorify and exalt above all,
magnify and give thanks to the Most High
and Supreme Eternal God,
Trinity and Unity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
Creator of all Saviour of all throughout the ages.

Artwork right: Circle of Life. Summer ©Mary Southard Used with permission