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The Transitus is a Franciscan devotion to
ritually remember the
passing of Saint Francis from this life into God. This ritual takes
place each year, the evening of October 3rd. Daniel
Grigassey, OFM, wrote in an article that "the Transitus has become a
significant and even necessary annual event. To ritually revisit the
story of Francis' passing is vital; without it something significant is
missing. It specifies the living memory of Francis; it intensifies
our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of
Assisi." (To read full article, click here.)
The Transitus of St. Francis
Francis of Assisi
- October 3, 1226
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most holy soul,
at your departure the heavenly host comes to meet you,
the angelic choir rejoices and the glorious Trinity welcomes you, saying:
remain with us forever
The Pearls of Saint
“Two years before Francis gave his soul back to heaven,
while he was staying in a hermitage called ‘Alverna’ after the place
where it was located, he saw in a vision from God a man with six wings like
a seraph, standing above him with hands extended and feet together, affixed
to a cross. Two wings were raised over his head, two were extended in
flight, and two hid his entire body.
When the blessed servant of God saw these things he was
filled with wonder, but he did not know what the vision meant. He rejoiced
greatly in the benign and gracious expression with which he saw himself
regarded by the seraph, whose beauty was indescribable; yet he was alarmed
by the fact that the seraph was affixed to the cross and was suffering
terribly. Thus Francis rose, one might say, sad and happy, joy and grief
alternating in him. He wondered anxiously what this vision could mean, and
his soul was uneasy as it searched for understanding. And as his
understanding sought in vain for an explanation and his heart was filled
with perplexity at the great novelty of this vision, the marks of nails
began to appear in his hands and feet, just as he had seen them slightly
earlier in the crucified man above him.
His hands and feet seemed to be pierced by nails, with
the heads of the nails appearing in the palms of his hands and on the upper
sides of his feet, the points appearing on the other side. The marks were
round on the palm of each hand but elongated on the other side, and small
pieces of flesh jutting out from the rest took on the appearance of the
nail-ends, bent and driven back. In the same way the marks of nails were
impressed on his feet and projected beyond the rest of the flesh. Moreover,
his right side had a large wound as if it had been pierced with a spear, and
it often bled so that his tunic and trousers were soaked with his sacred
Alas, how few were worthy of viewing the wound in the
side of this crucified servant of the crucified Lord. How fortunate was
Elias, who was worthy of seeing it while the holy man lived, but no less
fortunate was Rufinus, who touched the wound with his own hands. For once,
when the aforesaid brother Rufinus put his hand on the holy man's chest in
order to rub him, his hand fell to his right side, as often occurs, and he
happened to touch that precious wound. The holy man of God suffered great
anguish from that touch and, pushing the hand away, he cried out to the Lord
to forgive him. He carefully hid the wound from outsiders and cautiously
concealed it from those near him, so that even his most devoted followers
and those who were constantly at his side knew nothing of it for a long
time. And although the servant and friend of the most high saw himself
adorned with many costly pearls as if with precious gems, and
marvelously decked out beyond the glory and honor of other men, he did not
become vain or seek to please anyone through desire for personal glory, but,
lest human favor should steal away the grace given to him, he attempted to
hide it in every way possible.” (From Celano, First Life.)
for Franciscans to Remember
Noon August 1 - Midnight August 2nd The Portiuncular Indulgence
August 2 The Feast of Our Lady of the Angels
August 2 - August 10 Novena to St. Clare
August 11 The Feast of St. Clare
August 14 The Feast of St. Maximillian Kolbe
August 15 The Assumption
August 15 - September 29 The Lent of St. Michael
September 8 The Feast of the birthday of Our
September 14 The Feast of the Triumph of the
September 14, 1224 St. Francis receives the Stigmata
September 17 Feast of the Stigmata of Our Holy Father Francis
Francis obtained for us the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi or
the Portiuncular Indulgence, as it is also called. The date of the
Portiuncular Indulgence is from vespers on the first of August until sundown
on the second of August, which is the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. (Other
sources say noon on August 1st until midnight August 2nd.) Some say that
Saint Francis was given the date by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains
of St. Peter, which is celebrated on August 1st, is the day Peter was released
from prison and his chains were removed. The Portiuncular Indulgence removes
the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the
indulgence by completing its requirements.
The conditions to obtain the
Sacramental Confession to be in
God’s grace (during eight days before or after)
Participation in the Holy Mass and
Recitation of The Apostles Creed,
Our Father and a prayer for the Pope’s Intention.
RECOMMENDED WEBSITE AND ARTICLE: The Transitus (a reprint of article by
Daniel Grigassey, OFM) on this website:FRANCISCAN FRIARS
Giotto - St. Francis Preaches to the Birds
Canticle of the Creatures
Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather
through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
You, my Lord, through those
who give pardon for Your love
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.