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Saint Francis of Assisi

Cigoli St Francis

St Francis of Assissi by Cigoli (1559–1613)

O God, who by the life of blessed Francis didst move thy people to the love of simple things: Grant that after his example, we may hold lightly to the things of this world and lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O Almighty God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility: grant that, by walking in the footsteps of Blessed Francis, we may follow thy Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with thee; through Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with there and the Holy Ghost, one God, would without end. Amen.

¶ Or this:

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant unto thy people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of thee delight in thy whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

¶ Or this:

O God, who hast not disdained to reveal thyself to the child–like and lowly of heart: Grant that, like Saint Francis, we may l earn to count the wisdom of this world as foolishness, and determine to know nothing save Jesus Christ and him crucified; who liveth and reigneth with the and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

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