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
By the sign of the cross deliver us from our enemies, you who are our God. + In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Opening Prayer
Open my mouth, Lord, that I may bless your holy Name; cleanse also my heart from all vain, evil, and wandering thoughts; enlighten my understanding; inflame my affections; that I may say this Office worthily, with attention and devotion, and so be meet to be heard in the presence of thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord. 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.

V. O God, make speed to save us.
R. O Lord, make haste to help us.

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 morning 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 Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, +
and the life everlasting. Amen.

The Morning Offering
[The Franciscan Morning Prayer]
Jesus Lord, I offer you this new day because I believe in you, love you, hope all things in you and thank you for your blessings. I am sorry for having offended you and forgive everyone who has offended me. Lord, look on me and leave in me peace and courage and your humble wisdom that I may serve others with joy, and be pleasing to you all day.

The Prayer for Franciscans
Grant, O Lord, to your whole Church [and especially to the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion], many souls endued with the spirit and vision of Saint Francis: and call them together under the Holy Rule; that the work you once began in manifesting thy glory in the lowly may be continued in our generation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. O Lord hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.

Let us pray.

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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