04 October 2013

Hymn of St Francis sung in Italian and English by a Chinese choir in a setting by a Filipino composer

Ryan Cayabyab is a popular contemporary Filipino musician and composer. Here is his setting of the Prayer of St Francis, in Italian and English. This setting is also known as Il Signore.

The singers above are The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chorus conducted by Leon Chu, with piano accompaniment by Shirley So.

I don't know who the singers are in the video below. In the version above the young women sing the Italian lyrics while the men sing the English words. In contrast, it is the man in the second video who sings the Italian and the woman the English. The second video gives both Italian and English lyrics on-screen.

Pope Francis will be visiting Assisi today. Perhaps we can remember him in a special way in our prayers.

Collect from Mass on the Memorial of St Francis of Assisi

O God, by whose gift Saint Francis
was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility,
grant that, by walking in Francis' footsteps,
we may follow your Son,
and, through joyful charity,
come to united with you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Happy Feast of St Francis!

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