Litany In Honour Of St Francis Of Assisi

Leader (L): Lord, have mercy on us. Response (R): Christ have mercy on us.
(L): Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. (R): Christ, graciously hear us.
(L): God the Father of Heaven. (R): Have mercy on us.
(L): God the Son, Redeemer of the World. (R): Have mercy on us.
(L): God the Holy Spirit. (R): Have mercy on us.
(L): Holy Trinity, One God. (R): Have mercy on us.

(L): Holy Mary, conceived without sin. (R): Pray for us.
(L): Holy Mary, Patroness of the Order of St Francis. (R): Pray for us.
(L): Saint Francis, Saintly Patriarch. (R): Pray for us.

The RESPONSE to the following invocations is: Pray for us

(L): St. Francis, most prudent Father.
(L): St. Francis, despiser of sin.
(L): St. Francis, model of penance.
(L): St. Francis, conqueror of vices.
(L): St. Francis, imitator of the Saviour.
(L): St. Francis, bearer of the marks of Christ.
(L): St. Francis, sealed with the character of Jesus.
(L): St. Francis, example of purity.
(L): St. Francis, image of humility.
(L): St. Francis, abounding in grace.
(L): St. Francis, reformer of the straying.
(L): St. Francis, healer of the sick.
(L): St. Francis, pillar of the Church.
(L): St. Francis, defender of the Faith.
(L): St. Francis, champion of Christ.
(L): St. Francis, defender of thy children.
(L): St. Francis, invulnerable shield.
(L): St. Francis, confounder of the heretics.
(L): St. Francis, converter of the pagans.
(L): St. Francis, supporter of the lame.
(L): St. Francis, raiser of the dead.
(L): St. Francis, healer of lepers.
(L): St. Francis, our advocate.

(L): Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. (R): Spare us, O Lord.
(L): Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. (R): Graciously hear us, O Lord.
(L): Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. (R): Have mercy on us.

(L): Christ hear us. (R): Christ graciously hear us.

(L): Pray for us, O Blessed Father Francis. (R): That we may be made worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.


St Francis Of Assisi

Background:

St Francis (1881 – 1226)was born into a prosperous silk merchant family of seven children at Assisi, Italy. His first name was Giovanni but his father nicknamed him Francesco – the Frenchman. He enjoyed the good-life trappings of wealth, despite having been held captive for a year following a military expedition.

There are many inspirational stories which led to St Francis’ realisation that his short mortal life had a greater purpose than pleasurable short-term gain. Read More…


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O Beloved Saint Francis, gentle and poor, your obedience to God, and your simple,
deep love for all God’s creatures, led you to the heights of heavenly perfection
and turned many hearts to follow God’s will.

Image of St Francis of Assisi kneeling in prayer

Now in our day, in our search for personal peace, intercede for us as we come before the Lord with our special requests…

(State your intentions…)

O Blessed Saint of God, from your throne among the hosts of heaven, present our petitions before our faithful Lord.
May your prayers on our behalf be heard and may God grant us the grace to lead good and faithful lives. Amen.

Say: Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

… St Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us …

See Also:

Life of St Francis

Prayers to St Francis

Litany in Honour of St Francis


Peace – St 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.

Image of St Francis of Assisi kneeling in prayer

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 with all my soul.
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.

(By St Francis of Assisi)

… St Francis of Assisi : Pray For Us …

Peace Prayer – St 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 with all my soul.
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.

••• Praying Is Loving •••

St Francis of Assisi

Featured Saint: St Francis of Assisi (1881 – 1226)

St Francis was born into a prosperous silk merchant family of seven children at Assisi, Italy. His first name was Giovanni but his father nicknamed him Francesco – the Frenchman. He enjoyed the good-life trappings of wealth despite having been held captive for a year following a military expedition.

There are many inspirational stories which led to St Francis’ realisation that his short mortal life had a greater purpose than pleasurable short term gain. One well-documented account is when a beggar approached him while he was working on his father’s market clothing stall. St Francis refused him “spare coins”, but on reflection he closed the stall and went searching for the beggar. When he found him, he gave him all the money he had. Those who saw, mocked his actions and his father was bereft at his behaviour. However, this was only mildly reflective of the man that St Francis wished to be.

Interestingly, St Francis was never ordained a Priest, choosing instead to live a very simple life of prayer, preaching and poverty. He set up multiple Orders for men and women, generally referred to as the Franciscans, and the Poor Clares. Their simple original rule was, “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”. St Francis is the Patron Saint of animals and, with St Catherine of Siena, Patron Saint of Italy.

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

St Francis of AssisiShort Quote: Jesus said to the people, “Let the little children come to me … for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it”. (Mark 10:14-15)

Thoughts:  As we grow old, it is easy to forget the innocence of our younger years. When we were children we asked our parents many hundreds of questions and we had total trust in their answers. Our parents reward was often, just our loving smile.

Today a slightly different question could perhaps apply; do we still have total trust in our preparations for the Kingdom of God?

Reflection: St Francis died while reflecting on Psalm 140. Extracts include:
O Lord, rescue me from wicked men.
O Lord, shelter me from the power of the wicked.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy.

I know that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed
and vindicates the poor.

The godly will give thanks to your name;
the morally upright will live in your presence.

PrayerCome Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.

Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit
instructed the hearts of the faithful.
Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

St Francis of Assisi: Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Peace is Flowing

+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen +

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(4th October 2015 ~ Mark 10:14-15)

19th January: St Wulfstan

Featured Saint: St Wulfstan (1008-1095)

St Wulfstan was born in Warickshire, England. Even in his early youth, he was noted for his very religious and spiritual nature. He joined a Benedictine Monastery, was ordained a priest in 1038 and appointed Bishop of Worcester in 1062. He was a champion of the poor and opponent of the African slave trade and, together with Lanfranc (Italian Benedictine Monk), was responsible for ending its practice at Bristol Port.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Spirit. Amen+

St James CrossShort Quote: Jesus said, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins; otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine is poured into new wineskins”. (Mark 2:22)

Thoughts: People often questioned Jesus, to catch him out. In response, he used simple logic to explain his reasoning. On this occasion they wanted to find fault with his disciples for not fasting on the Sabbath. Jesus, in reply, was saying, ‘do what is right for the occasion while respecting others’.

Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, help me to see and celebrate the joy, wonder and awe in your people. Fill my heart with the desire to honour their beauty, your beauty.

Lord Jesus, bring peace to my heart.

Prayer: Peace (St Francis of Assisi)
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
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.

St Wulfstan:   Pray for Us.

Today’s Music Suggestion: I Give You My Heart

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Spirit. Amen+

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Prayer 4th Oct – St Francis of Assisi

Featured Saint: St Francis of Assisi (1881 – 1226)

St Francis was born into a prosperous silk merchant family of seven children at Assisi, Italy. His first name was Giovanni but his father nicknamed him Francesco -the Frenchman. He enjoyed the good-life trappings of wealth despite having been held captive for a year following a military expedition. There are many inspirational stories which led to St Francis’ realisation that his short mortal life had a greater purpose than pleasurable short term gain. One well-documented account is when a beggar approached him while he was working on his father’s market clothing stall. St Francis refused him “spare coins”, but on reflection he closed the stall and went searching for the beggar. When he found him, he gave him all the money he had. Those who saw, mocked his actions and his father was bereft at his behaviour. However this was only mildly reflective of the man that St Francis wished to be. Interestingly he was never ordained a Catholic Priest, choosing instead to live a very simple life of prayer, preaching and poverty. He set up multiple Orders for men and women, generally referred to as the Franciscans, and the Poor Clares. Their simple original rule was, “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps”. St Francis is the Patron Saint of animals and, with St Catherine of Siena, Patron Saint of Italy.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

St Francis of AssisiShort Story: Jesus sent seventy two disciples out to preach his good news in the surrounding towns and villages. They returned overjoyed at their success; not least by their given power to cast out demons. Jesus listened to their many stories of joy and then said, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven”. (Luke 10:20)

Thoughts: How difficult it can be for us to stop dreaming about our earthly achievements however, if we had not received our talents and gifts from God, we would not have achieved anything!

Private Reflection and Prayer: St Francis is said to have died while listening and reflecting on Psalm 140.

Some Extracts from Psalm 140
O Lord, rescue me from wicked men.
O Lord, shelter me from the power of the wicked.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
O Lord, pay attention to my plea for mercy.

I know that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed
and vindicates the poor.

The godly will give thanks to your name;
the morally upright will live in your presence.

Prayers: Select your own personal prayers from our website.

St Francis of Assisi: Pray for Us

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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