Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi

Feast Day: October 4 / 1182 – 1226
Patron of animals, ecology




Sign of the Cross

Cross of San Damiano


Prayer before a Crucifix

Most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me Lord, correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out Your holy and true command. AMEN


The Praises of God

Lord God: you alone are holy, you who work wonders! You are strong, you are great, you are the Most High, you are the almighty King, you, holy Father, King of heaven and earth.
Lord GodSt. Francis of Assisi: you are Three and you are One, you are goodness, all goodness, you are the highest Good, Lord God, living and true.
You are love and charity, you are wisdom, you are humility, you are patience, you are beauty, you are sweetness, you are safety, you are rest, you are joy, you are our hope and our delight, you are justice, you are moderation you are all our wealth and riches overflowing.
You are beauty, you are gentleness, you are our shelter, our guard and our defender, you are strength, you are refreshment, you are our hope, you are our faith, you are our love, you are our  complete consolation, you are our life everlasting, great and wonderful Lord, all powerful God, merciful Savior!


Novena to St. Francis of Assisi

Say once a day for nine days, especially beginning on 25 September and ending on 3 August, the eve of the Feast of St. Francis.

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of thy home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ: Obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.St. Francis of Assisi

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of thy life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer, and labored most zealously for the salvation of souls: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of the number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the Cross, merited to bear in thy body the miraculous stigmata, by which thou becamest a living image of Jesus Christ crucified: Obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

“If we be dead with Christ Jesus, we shall live also with Him,” says the Apostle; “if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.”

Pray for us, Saint Francis, that we may obtain the graces and favors we ask for in this novena;
Pray for us, especially, that we may obtain the grace of perseverance; of a holy death and a happy eternity.

1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 5x Glory


St. Francis of Assisi

Praises to be said at all the Hours

God, all powerful, most holy, sublime ruler of all, you alone are good – supremely, fully, completely good, may we render to you all praise, all honor and all blessing: may we always ascribe to you alone everything that is good! Amen





Litany of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,  Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,  Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,  Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, One God,  Have mercy on us.stfrancis7

Holy Mary, conceived without sin,  pray for us.
Holy Mary, special patroness of the three Orders of Saint Francis, pray for us.
Saint Francis, seraphic patriarch, pray for us.
Saint Francis, most prudent father, pray for us.
Saint Francis, despiser of the world, pray for us.
Saint Francis, model of penance,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, conqueror of vices,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, imitator of the Savior,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, bearer of the marks of Christ,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, sealed with the character of Jesus,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, example of purity, pray for us.
Saint Francis, image of humility,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, abounding in grace,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, reformer of the erring, pray for us.
Saint Francis, healer of the sick,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, pillar of the Church,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, defender of the Faith, pray for us.
Saint Francis, champion of Christ,  pray for us.St. Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis, defender of thy children, pray for us.
Saint Francis, invulnerable shield,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, confounder of the heretics, pray for us.
Saint Francis, converter of the pagans, pray for us.
Saint Francis, supporter of the lame, pray for us.
Saint Francis, raiser of the dead, pray for us.
Saint Francis, healer of the lepers,  pray for us.
Saint Francis, our advocate,  pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Pray for us, O blessed father Francis.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, when the world was growing cold, in order to renew in our hearts the flame of love, imprinted the sacred marks of Thy Passion on the body of our blessed father Francis, mercifully grant that by his merits and prayers we may persevere in bearing the cross and may bring forth fruits worthy of penance, Thou Who livest and reignest, world without end.
R. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi

Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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.


St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer to God

O God, who, through the merits of blessed Francis, didst give increase to Thy Church, by enriching her with new offspring: grant us, that following his example we may despise earthly goods and ever rejoice in partaking of Thy heavenly gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.