God Our Father

THE SAINTS

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI

The Our Father of St Francis of Assisi

When the friars asked him how they should pray St Francis said that they should say the Our Father but, as we see below, the Our Father St Francis gave them was a veritable catechesis on the original Our Father given to us by Our Lord Jesus in the Gospel. Meditation on the Our Father was not unique to St Francis in medieval times, but there is a sense here that St Francis has shared with us the inner vision of his spiritual life.

OUR Most Holy FATHER
Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and Saviour

WHO ARE IN HEAVEN
In the angels and the saints, 
enlightening them to love, because You, Lord, are light. 
Inflaming them to love, because you, Lord, are love. 
Dwelling in them and filling them with happiness, 
because you, Lord, are the Supreme Good, the Eternal Good 
from Whom comes all good 
without Whom there is no good.

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME
May our knowledge of you become ever clearer 
That we may know the breadth of Your blessings 
the length of Your promises 
the height of Your majesty 
the depths of Your judgements.

YOUR KINGDOM COME
So that You may rule in us through Your grace 
and so enable us to come to Your kingdom 
where there is an unclouded vision of You 
a perfect love of You 
a blessed companionship with You 
an eternal enjoyment of You.

YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN 
That we may love You with our whole heart 
by always thinking of You 
and with our whole soul 
by always desiring You 
with our whole mind 
by directing all our intentions to You 
and by seeking Your glory in everything 
and with our whole strength 
by spending all our energies and affections 
of soul and body 
in the service of Your love 
and of nothing else 
and may we love our neighbours as our selves 
by drawing them all with our whole strength 
to Your love 
by rejoicing in the good fortunes of others 
as well as our own 
and by sympathising with the misfortunes of others 
and by giving offence to no one.

GIVE US THIS DAY
In memory and understanding, and reverence 
of the love which our Lord Jesus Christ had for us 
and of those things which He said and did and suffered for us.

OUR DAILY BREAD
Your own beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES
Through Your ineffable mercy 
through the power of the passion of Your Beloved Son 
together with the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
and all your chosen ones.

AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
and whatever we do not forgive perfectly, 
do You, Lord, enable us to forgive to the full 
so that we may truly love our enemies 
and fervently intercede for them before You 
returning no one evil for evil 
and striving to help everyone in You.

AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
Hidden or obvious 
Sudden or persistent.

BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Past, present and to come.