Remembrances and Intentions

This is such an inspiring and comforting prayer I decided to put it onto an aceo.  I resurrected this aceo just before the recent murders of our embassy workers and the widespread riots and attacks throughout the Middle East and around the globe.  It seems very timely, unfortunately.

Not wanting to distract from the intention of the words, I used clippings for the background which I want to convey a mood of struggle, support and hope.

When I see this prayer, the melody of the song for these words pops up in my thoughts.  It's an easy song to sing, a kind of mantra- soothing and spirit building at the same time.  An adult lullaby of sorts.

I don't know how many versions of this song there are or if Francis  actually wrote any version.  The prayer first appeared in 1912 in France, and the saint died around 1182 aged 44.

To be associated with this powerful message and to be remembered throughout the centuries is a powerful achievement, even if  the composition was intentional and not authentic to the saint.

Francis is the patron saint of ecology and pets.  His feast day is celebrated on October 4.

Do you want to be remembered and for what?



Lucy said...

I wish we could focus on the things we agree on so much more than things we disagree on.
I love that prayer too.

I am sure I will be remembered for 'my mouth' as my mother lovingly refers to my outspoken nature, sometimes I think that is not what I want but then again it is me and even though I am outspoken I do try to focus on the good way more than the bad!

Additionsstyle said...

Your ACEO is a lovely sentiment for our turbulent times. Thanks for sharing.
Everyday Inspired

ArtSings1946 said...

I also love this ... my daughter read this at my mom's funeral at her grave ... wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Love always,

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Gloria, I keep the Prayer of St. Francis on my desk and we often sing it in church. It is so humbling and beautiful. Lovely ACEO.

New End Studio said...

Lucy, your outspoken nature is one of your loving qualities- you do it with kindness even if it twinges just a little bit, it's done with good intentions. ♥ I wish there was much more agreeing between nations, too.

Thanks so much Valerie ♥

Jan, thank you and thank you for sharing that, it creates a new perspective- I am sorry for your loss. ♥

Thanks, Deb- we sometimes sing it in church, but not that often, it's a beautiful hymn. tfs ♥

AntiquityTravelers said...

Lovely words for a horrible situation. If only we saw more of the similarities we all have vs looking for the differences ... perhaps there would be more peace.

St Francis of Assisi is who San Francisco is named after. The name came from a local mission, one of the many along the mission trail through California/ and Baja California. One of the peaceful places along the coast there.

New End Studio said...

It's as old as time, isn't it? Will true peace come, probably not- even though so many of us want it to.

I visited one of those on a trip, I have a photo somewhere...


Beautiful post. This prayer is something we all need to say every day. When I was in school, we used to sing it and I remember the refrain was, "Oh 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".
So pleased to have discovered your beautiful blog, and am now following :)

Katherines Corner said...

what a beautiful post my friend. thank you for starting my day with such beautiful words xo

New End Studio said...

Thank you, Janice. It feels good to sing something that is helpful in a practical and also beautiful way. I'm going to follow too; I enjoy your collections, they are quite soothing and pretty. Glad to have met you ♥

Thanks so much Katie, glad to share a little bit about the saint, his legacy and life. Have a wonderful week ♥

A Half-Baked Notion said...

One of my fave songs at church, and one frequently requested by families for funerals and memorial services. Hope that comment isn't a bummer for anyone. When I was a young woman, funerals were a scary experience. Now that I have a little "mileage" on me, singing at funerals is one of my greatest joys. This song is so full of hope, for the peace that can be ours in the world, if we are willing to be its instruments. Every dark and frightening event can be transformed into something wonderful. And we can achieve that with our faith, love and joy. Thanks for sharing your beautiful artistic interpretation, Gloria!

New End Studio said...

Thanks so much Notion ♥ My first funeral experience was at age 16, I know what you mean. How Great Thou Art is another beautiful hymn, love to hear it sung with passion.

You're doing a wonderful service. Thanks for sharing and sorry the blog glitch kept me from replying sooner.