“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”
– Mother Teresa
The Canticle of the Sun
Most High all-powerful good Lord, Yours are the praises, the honor and all
To You alone, Most High, do they belong. And no person is worthy to mention
Praised be You, my Lord, with all your creatures.
Especially Sir Brother Sun, who makes the day and through whom you give
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
and bears the signification of You Most High.
Praised be You, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the Stars,
You have formed them in heaven, clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, for Brother Wind,
And for Air: cloudy and serene and every kind of weather,
By which you give your creatures sustenance.
Praised be You, my Lord, for Brother Fire,
By whom you illumine the night,
And he is beautiful, cheerful, robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us, and produces various fruits
with colored flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, for those who give pardon for love of You,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
For by You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord, for our Sister Bodily Death,
From whom no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death will do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give God thanks,
And serve God with great humility.
Prayer for the Entire Order
Almighty, just and merciful God, grant that we may do for your sake what we know You want us to do, and always want what pleases You; so that cleansed and enlightened interiorly and fired with the flame of the Holy Spirit, we may be able to follow in the footprints of Your son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and so make our way to You Most High, by Your grace alone, You who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified, God, all-powerful, forever and ever. Amen.
The Peace Prayer
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.
Blessing of Mother Ignatius
May our dear Immaculate Mother and the Divine Infant
bless you all and lead you in the ways of love and peace. Amen.
Prayer in Honor of Our Foundress Mother Mary Ignatius Hayes
O God, you chose Mother Mary Ignatius to lead many women to commit themselves to the Franciscan way of life. Through her intercession we ask you to grant us all our needs. We ask also that we may find our joy as she did, in a generous and faithful response to your call. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of Enlightenment
Most High, Glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity. God give me insight and wisdom, so that I might always discern Your holy and true will.
The Praises of God
You are holy Lord, the only God, Who does wonders.
You are strong, You are great, You are Most High,
You are the almighty God, ruler of heaven and earth.
You are three and one, Lord, God of gods;
You are good, all good, the highest good,
Lord, God, living and true.
You are love. You are wisdom; You are humility;
You are patience; You are beauty; You are meekness;
You are security; You are rest; You are joy; You are our hope and joy;
You are justice; You are moderation; You are all our riches,
You are enough for us.
You are the protector; You are our guardian and defender;
You are strength; You are refreshment.
You are our hope; You are our faith; You are our charity;
You are all our sweetness; You are our eternal life.
Great and wonderful Lord, God almighty, merciful Savior.
The Testament Prayer
We adore You, Most Holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all of Your churches throughout the world, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.
From the Second Letter of Clare to Agnes of Prague
What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step and unswerving feet, so that even your
steps stir up no dust,
Securely, joyfully and swiftly
on the path of prudent happiness,
Believing in nothing,
Agreeing with nothing
which would dissuade you from this resolution
or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
So that you may offer your vows to the Most High
In pursuit of that perfection to which
the Spirit of the Lord has called you.