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The Prayer of St. Francis

 

The “Prayer of St. Francis” was not composed by St. Francis of Assisi, but derives from a World War I era prayer card.  Nevertheless, the prayer is certainly in the spirit of St. Francis, and it is one of the most popular prayers for peace in modern times.  Sarah McLachlan’s rendition is, in my view, one of the most beautiful and moving musical settings of this prayer.  On this, St. Francis’s feast day, enjoy it and take it to heart.

Prayer of St. Francis

There are many hymns based on the famous “Prayer of St. Francis” (which was not actually composed by him, though very much in his spirit), but this is my favorite musical rendition of it.