We Adore Thee

Author: St. Francis

Adoramus Te (We Adore Thee) 

Shortly before his death in October of 1226, St. Francis; wrote his Testament which  
contained his last thoughts concerning the order he founded. In it he urged his  
followers to remain faithful to the rules of the order and the prayer below is taken from  
this work. This prayer by St. Francis was inspired by the Antiphon: Adoramus te,  
Christe, et benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundi, which  
was part of the Liturgy for Good Friday. This Antiphon has a long and venerable  
history as a prayer in and of itself. St. Gregory the Great recommended it (Liber  
Responsalis, PL 78, 805)  as did the monk Arnulphe (Documenta Vitae Religiosae, PL  
184, 1177). 

Adoramus te, sanctissime Domine Iesu Christe, hic et ad omnes Ecclesias tuas, quae  
sunt in toto mundo, et benedicimus tibi; quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti  
mundum. Amen. 

We adore Thee, most holy Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all Thy churches that are in  
the whole world, and we bless Thee; because by Thy Holy Cross Thou hast redeemed  
the World. Amen. 

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