Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

St Francis of Assisi

Today is my birthday and so I am just going to run two stories that are very close to my heart. I am starting with St Francis of Assisi.

The painting below is an unusual depiction of St Francis, but it is one of my favourite paintings in the National Gallery in London, and so it is the one that I have chosen:

Photo credit: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-discovery-of-spain/highlights-8474

Cut and pasted from the National Gallery website:

Saint Francis in Meditation, Francisco de Zurbarán 1598-1664

The painting is one of the starkest and most austere of Zurbarán's representations of saints. The face is largely obscured by the cowl and its shadows and the light is concentrated on the coarse patched habit and on the skull clasped to the saint's body. It is probably of the early or mid-1630s. Meditation on death was favoured, especially by the Jesuits, as a religious exercise, and saints contemplating skulls are frequent in Spanish and Italian painting in the early 17th century.

Follow the link to read more:

The Prayer of St Francis

St Francis is very dear to me because of his prayer. It is one that I used even as an atheist.

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912. A popular hymn version, adapted and set to music by Sebastian Temple ©1967 by OCP Publications, is Make Me A Channel of Your Peace. It is an anthem of the Royal British Legion and is usually sung every year at the Service of Remembrance in November at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Make me a channel of your peace

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love,
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there's doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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