1 Most High, all powerful, good Lord, ♦
to you be praise, glory, honour and all blessing.
2 Only to you, Most High, do they belong ♦
and no one is worthy to call upon your name.
3 May you be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially brother sun, ♦
through whom you lighten the day for us.
4 He is beautiful and radiant with great splendour; ♦
he signifies you, O Most High.
5 Be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars: ♦
clear and precious and lovely, they are formed in heaven.
6 Be praised, my Lord, for brother wind; ♦
for air and clouds, clear skies and all weathers,
by which you give sustenance to your creatures.
7 Be praised, my Lord, for sister water, ♦
who is very useful and humble and precious and pure.
8 Be praised, my Lord, for brother fire,
by whom the night is illumined for us: ♦
he is beautiful and cheerful, full of power and strength.
9 Be praised, my Lord, for our sister, mother earth,
who sustains and governs us ♦
and produces diverse fruits
and coloured flowers and grass.
10 Be praised, my Lord, by all those who forgive for love of you ♦
and who bear weakness and tribulation.
11 Blessed are those who bear them in peace: ♦
for you, Most High, they will be crowned.
12 Be praised, my Lord, for our sister, the death of the body, ♦
from which no one living is able to flee;
woe to those who are dying in mortal sin.
13 Blessed are those who are found doing your most holy will, ♦
for the second death will do them no harm.
14 Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks ♦
and serve him with great humility.
Common Worship: Daily Prayer, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2005 and published by Church House Publishing.