Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ABC Wednesday: P is for...

Pace (Peace)

I saw this flag hanging from a window sill in Venice.

Parco della Pace

Park of Peace just outside the grounds of the castle in Sarteano (a hill town in southern Tuscany, Italy)

Pax (Latin for Peace)

This is the lawn in front of the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi.

Francis is the Patron saint of Peace. In his early 20s, he had a vision that led to his renouncing his wealth and living a life of Poverty, as well as Preaching Peace and Penance. He is also the first recorded Person to bear the wounds of Christ's Passion (i.e. he received the stigmata, or marks corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus - I don't recommend that Particular activity...sounds Painful!) Francis was Pronounced a Saint just a couple years after his death. Supposedly, he died singing Psalm 141.

A very well known Peace Prayer is erroneously attributed to St. Francis, although in actuality the Prayer can only be traced back as far as 1912. In 1967, it was adapted and set to music by Sebastian Temple, into the beautiful hymn Make Me a Channel of Your Peace.

Here is a video I found on youtube of the hymn. There are many other versions, including ones by Sarah McLachlan and Susan Boyle, but this particular video was filmed in Assisi and so, Italophile that I am, I like this one best!


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Hannah said...

I love your gathering of "P," words and inspiring thoughts and photos, music! Vey enjoyable thank you!

Jane and Chris said...

Sounds nicer than my attempts in church!
Jane x

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this beautiful post! And also for the great video you have chosen excelllent p words.
Have a great week.
Wil,ABC Team.

Carver said...

I love the peace flag. All good words and shots for P day. Carver ABC Wed. Team

Lady In Read said...

loved all the photos, especially the one of the Basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi. wonderful post for the letter 'P'

Trekcapri said...

Hi Anne,this is a wonderful post and a beautiful photo collection for peace. I hope to one day visit Assisi. I would love to visit the Basilica of St. Frances. That such a beautiful video. I'll have to bookmark it.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

the striving for peace is so important!
did you know San Francisco was a sister city to Assisi?

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Annie said...

Such an inspiring post. I love those "pace" flags and also the St. Francis prayer. So beautiful and true! I hope to go back to Assisi someday.

Hope you're having a great week.

Luna Miranda said...

Peace--what we are all striving for. what a beautiful post! the lawn is gorgeous!

chubskulit said...

That field is very neat!

P is for Pizzaroni
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

ChrisJ said...

Beautiful video and song. I know the words but have never heard the music before. A wonderful prayer for everyone to take to heart.

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