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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.

Sarah McLachlan for the Weekend

Music for Saint Francis of Assisi



Today is his feast day.  The latter is my absolutely favorite setting of “The Prayer of St. Francis”.   It wasn’t actually written by him, but it is definitely in his spirit; and Sarah McLachlan is truly sublime.