Hazme un instrumento de tu paz (Oración de San Francisco)

Representative Text

1 Hazme un instrumento de tu paz,
donde haya odio, ponga yo tu amor;
que donde haya injuria, tu perdón,
y donde haya duda, fe en ti.

2 Hazme un instrumento de tu paz,
que lleve tu esperanza por doquier;
tu luz, doquiera haya oscuridad,
tu gozo, donde hay pena y aflicción.

3 Maestro, enséñame a no buscar
querer ser consolado, sino consolar;
ser comprendido, sino comprender;
ser amado, sino amar.

4 Hazme un instrumento de tu paz,
es perdonando que nos das perdón;
es cuando damos que os das tu amor;
muriendo es que volvemos a nacer.

Source: Las Voces del Camino: un complemento de Singing the Living Traditions #35

Author: San Francisco de Asís

St. Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father, 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers followed by the early members of the Order of Friars Minor or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history. Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typic… Go to person page >

Adapter (English): Sebastian Temple

Sebastian Temple (1928-1997) grew up in South Africa and later moved to London, where he worked for the BBC on news broadcasts relating to South Africa. Sebastian converted to Catholicism and spent much of his time composing music for worship. He is best remembered for "The Prayer of St. Francis," which was played at the funeral of Princess Diana. --http://www.ocp.org/artists/587 Go to person page >

Translator (Spanish): Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Hazme un instrumento de tu paz
Title: Hazme un instrumento de tu paz (Oración de San Francisco)
English Title: Make me a channel of your peace
Author: San Francisco de Asís
Adapter (English): Sebastian Temple
Translator (Spanish): Anonymous
Meter: Irregular
Language: Spanish
Copyright: © 1967, 2003 OCP Publications


[Make me a channel of your peace]

TEMPLE was composed in the ballad and guitar style typical of 1960s folk music. After Vatican II permitted the use of languages other than Latin in worship, a number of Roman Catholic composers adopted this style, sometimes fusing it with a chant style (note the repeated melody tones), when they set…

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