Prayers for Pilgrims

Prayer for Pilgrims

Lord God, you have created all things according to your infinite Wisdom. You are the true source of Light and Knowledge. Be pleased to shed your radiance upon me and remove the darkness of my mind and strengthen my will, that I may be freed from sin and ignorance.

You fashion praise to your glory even on the lips of children. Bless me that my words may always give your praise. Grant me concentration to understand, capacity to retain, method and facility in study, subtlety in interpretation, and abundant grace of expression.

Direct my every effort from its beginning, guide its course and bring it to perfection in your sight. All praise to you, the only true God, Father, Son and Holy spirit, now and always. Amen.

Prayer for Students & Teachers

Lord God, your Spirit of wisdom fills the earth and teaches us your ways.

Look upon these students.
Let them enjoy their learning and take delight in new discoveries.
Help them to persevere in their studies
and give them the desire to learn all things well.

Look upon these teachers.
Let them strive to share their knowledge with gentle patience
and endeavor always to bring the truth to eager minds.

Grant that students and teachers alike may follow Jesus Christ,
the way, the truth, and the life,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Canticle of Brother Sun

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord! All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

All praise be Yours, my Lord, through all that You have made,
and first, my Lord, Brother Sun, who brings the day; and light You give us through him.How beautiful is he, how radiant in all his splendor! Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.

All praise be Yours, my Lord,
through Sister Moon and Stars;
in the heavens You made them bright and precious and fair.

All praise be Yours, my Lord, through Sister Water,
so useful, lowly, precious and pure.

All praise be Yours, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You brighten up the night.
How beautiful is he, how playful! Full of power and strength.

All praise be Yours, my Lord,
through Sister Earth, our Mother,
who feeds us in her sovereignty and produces
various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

All praise be Yours, my Lord,
through those who grant pardon for love of You;
through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace,
by You Most High, they will be crowned.

All praise be Yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
from whose embrace no mortal can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin,
happy those she finds doing your will!
The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.

-Saint Francis of Assisi