Saturday, September 21, 2013

St Francis of Assisi shrine and altar

Canticle of the Sun

St Francis of Assisi

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.

To You, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and You give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which You give Your creatures sustenance.

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of You;
through those who endure sickness and trial.

Happy those who endure in peace,
for by You, Most High, they will be crowned.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.

Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve Him with great humility.

A hand soldered shrine rosary of St Francis
I used different colours of freshwater pearls, symbolising the moon,
fire beads, symbolising the sun,
amethyst, morganite, mother of pearl, 
symbolising Mother Earth;
garnets symbolish Fire,
various crystals and shell symbolising Water,
sterling silver icon of Mother Mary,
and the tassel is made up of
a St Francis holy medal,
a sterling silver four-way cross,
swarovski crystal drops
and a sterling silver swallow
and a dainty heart with tiny wings,
engraved with the dove and olive branch on the one side
and on the other side my name.

The altar contains a gold dove milagro.


  1. Hettienne,
    I adore your work! You and I are kindred spirits for our love of Madonna, Jesus and Saints!
    Just lovely!!!
    Wishing you a lovely day, or evening from rainy San Francisco!


    1. thank you Deb! i dont know what to say as i am such a fan of your handiwork. we are having snow in spring - ideal weather in which to create

  2. So beautiful!! Your artistic, unique rosaries are getting better all the time!
    I could order them all :)
    Arathi Ma

    1. Dearest Arathi Ma, i am looking forward to you receiving your rosary - i can already see how beautiful it will look in your sweet loving energy! thank you for leaving a comment xxx


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