Saint Francis


Canticum o Laudes Creaturarum

Canticle of Brother Sun, is a canticle of Francis of Assisi composed around 1226. is the oldest poetic text of Italian literature.

Messor Brother Sun

A hymn to life that winds through the works of God. A prayer permeated by a positive vision of nature and of creation in which the image of the Creator is reflected.

Laudato sie, mi signore,
com tucte le tue creature,
spetialmente messor lo frate sole,
lo qual (è) iorno et allumini noi per loi.
Et ellu è bellu e radiante cum grande splendore,
de tè, altissimo, porta significatione.

Francis called Canticle of Brother Sun the new praise to the Lord saw it and said that the sun is most beautiful of all creatures and makes better likeness of our Lord.

The sun is not seen and imagined only as "Brother Sun", but also as a great gentleman and so is the first and privileged creature of the Song, and everything is under its sign.
"In the morning, at sunrise every man should praise the Lord who created that for our benefit, because our eyes have it for the light of day" and even "the sun is most beautiful of all creatures." Francis rejoiced and enjoyed the sunshine.

Throughout this celebration of the glory of the sun, one cannot think in the eyes of Francis, now so sore they cannot bear the daylight and sunlight. Yet these eyes do not curse the light, do not kill the sun. The words flowing from the poetic meditation Francis recreate the field radiating from the sun, its beauty and its splendor.

These words are simple childhood steeped in life, expressing the values of charm. Their pace of beauty has to leave the task to reflect, to let imagination is condensed into symbolic units on the radiant sun. The sheer simplicity of the composition is the mark of a youth; it is the privilege of living a childhood wonder and enchantment of the world unfold every day in the morning light, at sunrise.

The poetic image of the sun is not built with fantastic elements, but dreamed of in the same substantiality of matter beaming. Poetic image of the sun does not rise by Francesco night and set in the night. The moment this only freezes the flow of time and has become a symbol of the moment forever. The new sun is the Christ, the sacrament of new and supernatural, the new sun that darkens the sun's visible creation.

The message of Francis expressed in this praise to the Lord to comfort and edification of the Christians of this time, provided they know to recover it themselves. The sun, radiant with great splendor, is the Holy One that leads to our sanctification.


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