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St. Francis of Assisi
Next Saturday, October 4, is the feast of St. Francis. Francis is one of the most beloved saints in our church because of his simplicity and his love for all of creation. In celebration of this feast, we will be having a blessing of animals at 5:15pm at St. Rose on Saturday, October 4. Gather in front of the church for this blessing of animals.
Here is an excerpt from St. Francis famous Canticle of the Sun:
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which
You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful
and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains us and governs us and who produces
varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood