Monday, 16 September 2013

Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

The Stigma of St Francis by Giotto

I recently posted concerning Saturday's feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and mentioned that it was on that day in 1224 that St. Francis received the stigmata or imprint of the wounds of Christ. The Franciscan Order soon initiated a distinct feast in honour of the event, which was celebrated on the first available day after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which was the 17th. of September. The feast was eventually made universal and added to the Roman Calendar by Pope Clement IX in 1669.

Please pray again for the suffering Church and for our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Happy Feast.

Sancte Francisce, ora pro nobis

 

Hymn to St. Francis - note especially verse 2

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