Saint Francis of Assisi
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. Ps. I cried to the Lord with my voice; with my voice I made supplication to the Lord. Glory be to the Father.
O God, Who, by the merits of blessed Francis, didst increase Thy Church by bringing forth a new progeny, grant us to imitate him in despising earthly things and ever to rejoice in partaking of heavenly gifts. Through our Lord.
Brethren: But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature: and whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man be troublesome to me; for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus in my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
The mouth of the just man shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. ℣. The law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be supplanted.
Alleluia, alleluia. ℣. Francis, poor and lowly, enters rich into heaven and with hymns of heaven is honoured. Alleluia.
At that time, Jesus answered, and said: I praise Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father; for so it hath seemed good in Thy sight. All things are delivered to Me by My Father; and no one knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and He to Whom it shall please the Son to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you that labour, and are burdened; and I will refresh you. Take up My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, because I am meek, and humble of heart; and you shall find rest to your souls: for My yoke is sweet, and my burden light.
My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.
Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts dedicated to Thee and, by the intercession of blessed Francis, cleanse us from all stain of sin. Through our Lord.
A faithful and wise steward, whom the Lord set over His family; to give them their measure of wheat in due season.
Let Thy heavenly grace, we beseech Thee, O Lord, enrich Thy Church, which Thou hast willed to enlighten by the glorious merits and example of blessed Francis, Thy confessor. Through our Lord.