About “The Prayer of St. Francis”
The 13th-century inspired words of St. Francis of Assisi are highlighted by this beautiful, heavenly song. These captivating words have been expertly adapted by Allen Pote into a soothing, enveloping melody that promotes harmony and tranquility. The Prayer of St. Francis is a message of peace that resonates and is conveyed with poignancy.
The Prayer of St. Francis is one of the most popular sacred works in the Hinshaw Music catalog. It can be found as a standard in nearly every church choir library. Sheet music is available for SATB and as a Vocal Solo for low, medium and high voicings. In addition, Pote’s original piece for mixed voices has been arranged for A Capella with minimal divisi.
Young voices, community choruses, or the most seasoned voices can all successfully perform the piece with piano accompaniment. An excellent way to conclude a concert or service.
What is the prayer of St Francis of Assisi?
Perhaps one of the most beautiful and thought-provoking passages ever penned:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
The original mixed chorus setting of this revered prayer (HMC888) is one of the most popular sacred works in the Hinshaw catalogue. It’s a standard found in almost every church choir library. Now available in solo settings (high voice, medium voice, low voice), the piece is successful sung by young voices, volunteers, or the most trained of voices accompanied by piano.
About The Composer, Allen Pote
Allen Pote is a highly esteemed composer of sacred music who has been awarded numerous commissions for new works and whose published choral pieces have had significant performance throughout the years.
Pote has held positions as a respected clinician for festivals and workshops as well as as the music director for churches. With his wife Susan, he co-founded and co-directs the Pensacola Children’s Chorus. He has won numerous distinctions for his musical programming, his involvement in volunteer work, and his choral guild affiliations.
Who is Saint Francis of Assisi?
St. Francis of Assisi, Italian friar, resided in Italy in the 13th century. He was committed to Christian charity and led a life of asceticism and deprivation. He is recognized for his work with the downtrodden and the destitute, his concern for the the natural world and wildlife, and for founding the Franciscan order. He lived his life as a wealthy and comfortable son of a prosperous merchant, until God made use of a chance encounter with a a social outcast to transform St. Francis’ perspective on life. Because he his heart was changed and he loved all living things, it is said he even preached to the birds, St. Francis was named the patron saint of the environment and animals.
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