Prayer of St Francis

The Peace Prayer of St Francis first surfaced around 1912 and embodies the spirit of Saint Francis Assisi's simplicity and poverty.

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The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

Music Video of The Prayer of Saint Francis by Sarah MacLachlan

The Story Behind the Prayer of Saint Francis


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The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis

"O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sorrow, joy.

Oh 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."

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Music Video of The Prayer of Saint Francis
by Sarah MacLachlan

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Lyrics of the Prayer of Saint Francis
by Sarah MachLachlan

"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.
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's in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen."

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The Story Behind the Prayer of Saint Francis

This beautiful Prayer of St Francis does not appear in any known writings of Saint Francis.

The prayer was apparently written in France during World War I, perhaps by a Catholic Priest, Father Bouquerel.

It has become commonly known as the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis because it was often seen printed on a small card that had a picture of Saint Francis on one side and this prayer on the other side. However, the card did not make any claim that the prayer was written by Saint Francis.

The first known appearance of this inspiring prayer was in 1912 AD when it was published in the French magazine La Clochette.

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