Prayer of St. Francis

On December 2nd, 2018, Feixiang Choir held a charity concert, titled “A Thankful Gift”. It was our plan since forever to have a concert to help others, and this year, we finally made it.

The theme of this concert, A Thankful Gift, was initiated from the Prayer of St. Francis, also known as Peace Prayer, in which said, “For it is in giving that we receive, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” We believe that each time we give, we receive even more. We also believe that our whole lives we have received so much, and we are thankful for everything happened in our lives.

The text itself was not written by Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226), as this prayer in its present form has not been traced back further than 1912. Its first known occurrence was in French, written in a magazine published by a Catholic church organisation without mentioning the author’s name. We found this beautiful piece written by Allen Pote based on the said text, and then decided to have this song performed on the concert. This video was recorded by Feixiang Choir on the concert.

Cherly Susanti, conductor
Prajna Indrawati, piano
Dheonardo, tenor solo
Wisnu Murti Sri Budiarto, sign language interpreter

Prayer of Saint Francis (as written in Allen Pote’s setting)

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, Thy pardon, Lord.
Where there is doubt, let there be faith.

O, Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let there be light.
Where there is sadness, let there be joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that we receive,
and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.