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The Canticle of the Sun – “Laudes Creaturarum”

April 5, 2023 Inspirational, Music
The Canticle of the Sun – “Laudes Creaturarum”

The “Canticle of the Sun” is a religious song by Saint Francis of Assisi in the 13th century. The song, also known as “Laudes Creaturarum” or “Praise of the Creatures,” was written in Italian but has been translated into many languages. The song is a hymn of praise to God for the natural world and all of its creatures.

Marty Haugen is a well-known composer of liturgical music who has composed a musical setting for the “Canticle of the Sun.” This version of the song has been widely used in Christian worship services and is known for its contemporary sound and accessible lyrics.

Michelle Sherliza OP, a Dominican sister and theologian, has written a reflection on the “Canticle of the Sun” and its relevance to the modern world. Her reflection explores the themes of creation, interconnectedness, and stewardship that are central to the song and how they can inspire us to live more sustainably and compassionately. Together, Haugen’s musical setting and Sherliza’s reflection provide a powerful combination of music and theology that can deepen our understanding and appreciation of the “Canticle of the Sun.”

Canticle of the Sun: Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Music by Marty Haugen Reflection by Michelle Sherliza OP

Refrain
The heavens are telling the glory of God,
And all creation is shouting for joy!
Come, dance in the forest, come, play in the field,
And sing, sing to the glory of the Lord!
1.  Praise for the sun, the bringer of day, he carried the light of the Lord in his rays;
the moon and the stars who light up the way unto your throne.
2.  Praise for the wind that blows through the trees, the seas’ mighty storms, the gentlest breeze;
they blow where they will, they blow where they please to please the Lord.
3.  Praise for the rain that waters our fields, and blesses our crops so all the earth yields;
from death until life her mystery revealed springs forth in joy!
4.  Praise for the fire who gives us his light, the warmth of the sun to brighten our night;
he dances with joy, his spirit so bright, he sings of you!

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