The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

[The Morning and Evening Prayers which immediately follow herewith are not of obligation, but they do constitute the "Daily Office" appointed by the Minister-General to be read by the "Companions" (Associates) of the Order in the hope and expectation that they will wish to pattern their daily prayer life, as far as their individual circumstances will allow, after the prayer life expected of the Brothers and Sisters of Penitence. This "Daily Office" does not necessarily satisfy the Daily Office rule requirements of the Order's Brothers and Sisters, who must remain in compliance with the requirements of their individually approved Rule(s) of Life.]


The Sign of The Cross
+ In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity now and forever.

The Opening Prayer
O Lord, in union with that divine intention with which you rendered your praises to God while on earth, I desire to offer this my Office of prayer to you. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Psalms Appointed
[Here the Psalm(s) appointed for evening prayer are read: use either the Psalm(s) from the thirty day cycle corresponding to the day the Psalm is to be read, or use the Psalm(s) appointed as given in the Book of Common Prayer].

[Immediately before reading the Psalms(s) appointed as above, the following is said:]
Francis poor and lowly.

[Here recite the Psalms, then follows:]

Francis poor and lowly entereth heaven rich: and is honored with the songs of heaven. (Alleluia)

V. Blessed are the poor in spirit. [Alleluia]
R. For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. [Alleluia]

The Thanksgiving
How shall I be able to thank you, O Lord, for all your favors? You have thought of me from all eternity; you have brought me forth from nothing; you have given your life to redeem me, and you continue still, daily to pour your grace and blessing into my life. Alas, my God, what return can I make you for your benefits and in particular for the favors of this day. I praise you, I bless you. With all the Saints, especially St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Louis and St. Elizabeth, I praise you.

The Examination of Conscience
O Holy Spirit, eternal source of light, give me light to know the sins I have committed this day and grant me the grace to be truly sorry for them.

or this

O God, show me my sins. O God, make me sorry for my sins. O God, deliver me from my sins.

[Here follows a brief examination of conscience]

 The Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having sinned against you, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the occasions of sin.

The Confession of Sin
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

or this

Almighty and most merciful Father,
we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep,
we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
we have offended against thy holy laws,
we have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
and we have done those things which we ought not to have done,
But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
spare thou those who confess their faults,
restore thou those who are penitent,
according to thy promises declared unto mankind
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake,
that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
to the glory of thy Holy Name. Amen.

The Prayer for God's Forgiveness
+ Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us is all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in eternal life. Amen.

The Petition
Pour down your blessing, O Lord, on your whole church: on the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion, its Right Reverend Bishop Protector, its Minister-General, all those assisting him/them, and all the Brothers, Sisters, and Companions of the Order; on all Bishops and other clergy everywhere; on all the faithful; on this country; on our elected officials and all superiors, temporal and spiritual; on our parents, relatives, friends and enemies. Help the poor, the sick, and the dying; comfort the lonely and the abandoned.

Have mercy on this household and grant that humility, peace and charity may rule therein. Grant that we may love, fear, and serve thee faithfully all our days. Through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

V.  Vouchsafe, O Lord, this night to keep us without sin.
R.  Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.

The Night Blessing
Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Closing Prayer
[Written by St. Francis as a concluding prayer for "The Hours"]
V. "Let us bless our Lord and God, living and true; to him we must attribute all praise, glory, honor, blessing, and every good forever. Amen."

[And then follows:]
R. Thanks be to God.

V. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. And may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

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