Next Regular Gathering
Sunday, December 10, 2017
We meet from 2:00-4:00 PM
St. Helen Parish, Vero Beach, Florida.
Agenda and Schedule in the Canticle. PDF below
A short reflection on Isaiah 43:1
The Canticle of Brother Son
by St. Francis of Assisi
Most High, Omnipotent, Good Lord,
Thine be the praises, the glory, and the honor and every blessing (cf. Apoc. 4:9.11)
To Thee alone, Most High, to they belong.
and no man is worthy to mention Thee.
May Thou be praised, my Lord, with all Thy creatures, (cf. Tob. 8:7)
especially mister brother sun.
of whom is the day, and Thou enlightens us through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant with a great spendor,
of Thee, Most High, does he convey the meaning.
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for sister moon and the stars, (cf. Ps. 148:3)
in heaven Thou has made them clear and precious and beautiful.
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for brother wind,
and for the air and clouds and clear weather and every weather, (cf. Dan 3:64-65)
through which to all Thy creatures Thou gives sustenance. (cf. Ps. 103:13-14)
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for sister water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
May Thou be praised, my lord, for brother fire (cf. Dan 3:66),
through whom Thou illumines the night,
and he is beautiful and glad and robust and strong.
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for our sister, mother earth, (cf Dan 3:74)
who sustains us and governs,.
and produces various fruits, colored flowers and green plants. (cf Ps 103:13-14)
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for those who forgive for the sake of Thy love, (cf. Mt 6:12)
and endure infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed those who endure them in peace, (cf. Mt 5:10)
because by Thee, Most High, will they be crowned.
May Thou be praised, my Lord, for our sister, bodily death,
whom no man living can escape.
Woe to those, who die in mortal sin,
blessed those whom it will find in Thy most holy desires,
because the second death will do them no evil. (cf. Apoc 2:11;20:6)
Praise and bless my Lord, (cf. Dan 3:85)
and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility!
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Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis
Our Local Fraternity:
Divine Mercy Fraternity
Vero Beach, FL
Officers as of 1/10/2016
Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Helen Caldarone, OFS
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS
Donna Haro, OFS
Councillors at Large:
Jack Reddy, OFS
Fred Schaeffer, OFS