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The Transitus of Saint Francis of Assisi

The Transitus of Saint Francis of Assisi 

 

Saint Francis died during the evening of 3rd October . Franciscans observes the death of Saint Francis on this day and celebrate his feast day on the following day 4th October.

As he lay dying, it is told that Francis prayed Psalm 142 and during the closing verse he died. This event is solemnly remembered each year by Franciscans to honor their holy Father’s entrance into the joy of going home to the Lord by way of sister death –a transitus–a passing– of Francis from life to Life today, 3rd October .

Alleluia, Alleluia, Francis, poor and humble, enters heaven rich and is welcomed with celestial hymns. Alleluia.

Psalm 142

I cried to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord did I make my supplication.

I poured out my complaint before him; I showed before him trouble.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then he knew my path.

In the way where I walked have they secretly laid a snare for me.

I looked on right hand, and held, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

I cried to You, O Lord: I said, You are my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Attend to my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name: the righteous shall compass me about; for You shall deal bountifully with me.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Francis, poor and humble, enters heaven rich and is welcomed with celestial hymns. Alleluia.

O God, you granted our blessed Father Francis the reward of everlasting joy: grant that we, who celebrate the memory of his death, may at last come to the same eternal joy; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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October 3, 2011 - Posted by | Teaching | ,

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