Saturday, October 03, 2009

Saint Francis of Assisi

The 4th of October is date for the Commemoration of Saint Francis of Assisi.

This year it falls on a Sunday, as it is only a 'commemoration' it is not celebrated or transferred. (I dont know what strings the BBC had to pull to have Dibley's Blessing of the Animals on a Sunday.)

So for those who want to remember Saint Francis on the 4th of October, I have included a collect and a prayer blessing below:

Collect for St Francis of Assisi:

Father, You helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, and by imitating his joyful love. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Saint Francis Day Prayer: 

Loving Father, Saint  Francis taught us to love all of your creatures and to care for those we have charge of, we thank you for N. ( & N.), for the companionship we share and the support we offer each other. Help  us to understand and promote that bond of affection we have with our animals and to share our love with each other. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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