In the lead up to the launch of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Laudato Si (meaning Be Praised) On the Care of our Common Home. We are asking everyone to join us to pray that the world will be inspired by Pope Francis’ leadership and takes action in this crucial year.
The encyclical title Laudato Si is taken from St Francis of Assisi’s beautiful prayer the Canticle of Brother Sun.
The Encyclical will be released on the 18th of June, and will be about Climate Change and the lives of communities living in poverty around the world, emphasising the link between environmental destruction and poverty. The interconnection between human dignity and human development and human ecology is also expected to be a central topic of the encyclical.
We therefore encourage you all to join us in praying St Francis’ beautiful prayer with us:
Canticle of Brother Sun
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
yours are the praises, the glory, the honour
and all blessing.To you alone, Most High, do they belong
and no human is worthy to mention your name.Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom you give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;
and bears a likeness of you, Most High One.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars:
in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind;
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through which you give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night:
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us
and who produces various fruit
with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be you, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for your love
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessèd are those who endure in peace:
for by you, Most High, shall they be crowned.
Praised be you, my Lord, for our Sister,
from whom no one living can escape:
woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessèd are those whom death will find
in your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give him thanks
and serve him with great humility.
For more of CAFODs resources in the lead up to the launch of the encyclical Laudato Si please visit the CAFOD website where CAFODs’ theology team have pulled together some excellent resources to support you to engage with this historic document.