Prayer of Saint Francis


Prayer of Saint Francis

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in France in French, in a small spiritual magazine called "La Clochette" (The Little Bell) as an anonymous prayer, as demonstrated by Dr Christian Renoux in 2001 (Cf. Christian Renoux, "La prière pour la paix attribuée à saint François, une énigme à résoudre", Paris, Editions franciscaines, Paris, 2001).

The prayer has been known in the United States since 1936 and Cardinal Francis Spellman and the Senator Hawkes distributed millions of copies of the prayer during and just after World War II (Cf. C. Renoux, "op. cit.", p. 92-95). Many different versions of the prayer exist. The most popular is this following one :

:"Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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."

:"Amen."

An alternate translation is found in Chapter 11 (Page 99) of the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", a book published by Alcoholics Anonymous* World Services, Inc.

:"Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;":"that where there is hatred, I may bring love;":"that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;":"that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;":"that where there is error, I may bring truth;":"that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;":"that where there is despair, I may bring hope;":"that where there are shadows, I may bring light;":"that where there is sadness, I may bring joy."

:"Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;":"to understand, than to be understood;":"to love, than to be loved.":"For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.":"It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.":"It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.":"Amen."

The hymn version of "Make Me A Channel of Your Peace" is an anthem of the Royal British Legion and is usually sung every year at the Service of Remembrance in November at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It goes as follows:

:"Make me a channel of your peace,":"Where there is hatred let me bring your love,":"Where there is injury your pardon Lord,":"And where there's doubt true faith in you."

:"Make me a channel of your peace,:"Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,":"Where there is darkness, only light,":"And where there's sadness, ever joy."

:"O Master grant that I may never seek,":"So much to be consoled as to console,":"To be understood as to understand,":"To be loved as to love with all my soul."

:"Make me a channel of your peace,":"It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,":"In giving to all men that we receive":"And in dying that we are born to eternal life."

Quotations

The prayer was most famously referenced by Margaret Thatcher shortly after she won the 1979 United Kingdom general election. Having "kissed hands" with Queen Elizabeth II to become Prime Minister she paraphrased the prayer on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, surrounded by a throng of reporters while setting out the aims of her Government.

Musical adaptations of the prayer include those by Sebastian Temple [http://www.ocp.org/artists/587] , John Foley, Sarah McLachlan, Moya Brennan, Sarah Hart, Rob Stroh, the Ragamuffin Band, and Peter Torsiello.

Also Mother Teresa and the Roman Catholic religious order she established, the Missionaries of Charity, begin each day by reciting this prayer.

The prayer is recently quoted in the movie Rambo by a priest as he blesses Sylvester Stallone before he sets off into Burma to rescue humanitarian workers. The use of a passage such as this is in a similar context to the use of in the movie Pulp Fiction

The medic Eugene Roe recites part of the prayer in the episode "Bastogne" of Band of Brothers

The prayer was used in a slighlty abbreviated form in the 1972 film, Brother Sun, Sister Moon

Historical studies

* Christian Renoux, "La prière pour la paix attribuée à saint François, une énigme à résoudre", Paris, Editions franciscaines, Paris, 2001
* Christian Renoux, "La preghiera per la pace attribuita a san Francesco, un enigma da risolvere", Padova, Edizioni Messaggero, 2003.

pirituality

Albert Haase, OFM, "Instruments of Christ. Reflections on the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi", St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2003.

External links

* [http://www.franciscan-archive.org/franciscana/peace.html Short story of the prayer]
* [http://tralvex.com/pub/spiritual/st-francis.htm Another popular version of 'St. Francis Peace Prayer' & the version as featured in the DVD / TV Show 'Madre Teresa']
* [http://wahiduddin.net/saint_francis_of_assisi.htm More information on Saint Francis of Assisi]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Saint Francis House (Boston) — Saint Francis House is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, ecumenical daytime shelter, primarily for the homeless, located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and founded in the early 1980s. It is the largest daytime shelter in New England and serves as an …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Francis of Assisi school — is a Catholic school located in northeast Baltimore, Maryland that defines itself as “not just a school but a way of life.” The school enrolls students in grades K 8 and supports an affiliated preschool program for children ages 2 to 4. Saint… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Francis in Prayer (Caravaggio) — Infobox Painting| title=Saint Francis in Prayer artist=Caravaggio year=c. 1606 type=Oil on canvas height=130 width=98 city=Rome museum=Galleria Nazionale d Arte Antica Saint Francis in Prayer (c. 1602 1604) is a painting from the Italian master… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Francis High School (Mountain View) — Infobox Private School name=Saint Francis High School motto= Educating hearts and minds to serve the world. established=1955 type=Private religion=Roman Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross) head name=President head=Kevin Makley city=Mountain… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy (Caravaggio) — Infobox Painting| title=Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy artist=Caravaggio year=c. 1595 type=Oil on canvas height=92,5 width=127,8 city=Hartford, Connecticut museum=Wadsworth Atheneum Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy (or The Ecstasy of Saint… …   Wikipedia

  • Saint Francis in Meditation (Caravaggio) — Infobox Painting| title=St Francis in Meditation artist=Caravaggio year= type=Oil on canvas height=130 width=90 museum=Museo Civico, Cremona Saint Francis in Meditation (c. 1604/06 or 1607/10), is a painting by the Italian master Caravaggio, in… …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer to Saint Joseph — The following Prayers to Saint Joseph are Roman Catholic prayers to Saint Joseph. Litany of St. JosephThe litany of St. Joseph, one of the more recent Catholic prayers, was sanctioned by Pope Pius X in 1909. [… …   Wikipedia

  • Society of Saint Francis — The Society of Saint Francis is a Franciscan religious order within the Anglican Communion.HistoryDuring the English Reformation all Religious Orders, including Franciscans, were banished from Britain. Not until the mid nineteenth century were… …   Wikipedia

  • Rule of Saint Francis —     Rule of Saint Francis     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Rule of Saint Francis     As known, St. Francis founded three orders and gave each of them a special rule. Here only the rule of the first order is to be considered, i.e., that of the Friars …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Church of Saint Francis of Assisi — The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (Igreja de Sao Francisco de Asis, commonly known as the Igreja da Pampulha) is a church in Pampulha district of Belo Horizonte, in… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.