Death of St. Francis of Assisi

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The World and the Church

This coming Sunday 3rd October will be the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi, his passing from life through death to life everlasting. St. Francis is universally recognised as an Environmentalist, the Patron Saints of Ecologists – by the many Stories of his special relationship with animals and birds, mostly to be discovered in his biographies. He not only cared for the destitute and sick, but he also lectured on animal rights and wanted all creatures on Earth, including humans, to be treated equally under God.

My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple raiment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God.

Saint Francis of Assisi – c1220

The history place – Great Speeches Collection. unknown. St. Francis of Assisi Sermon to the Birds. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.historyplace.com/speeches/saintfran.htm. [Accessed 27 September 2021].

Liturgically,some Franciscan Orders celebrate St. Francis Tide from the 17th of September until 4th October, marking the day from which Francis received the Stigmata until his death. Some alternative denominations, MCC Good Shepherd, mark the Season in Orange Vestments and altar cloths. The 4th October is World Habitat Day.

And the day he departed;

The Death of St. Francis Giotto Public domain

The Life Of S. Francis Of Assisi. By St. Bonaventure, pp 179 ,180

And as all the brethren surrounded him, he extended his hands over them in the form of a cross, crossing his arms in the form of that sign which he had ever loved ; and so he blessed all the brethren, whether present or absent, In the name and in the power of the Crucified. Then he added : “Farewell, my children, abide in the fear Of the Lord, and ever persevere therein.And when any temptation Or trouble approaches you say : Blessed are they Who in those kings which they have begun. And now I go to God, to whose grace I commend you all.”
When he had finished these loving admonitions, this man, most dear to God, commanded that the Book Of the Gospels should be brought to him, and that the place of the Of S. John should e read to him which with these words, ‘Ante diem festum Pascha.‘ And then, as best he could, he broke forth into that verse of the psalm, ‘Voce mea ad Dominum clamavi,voce mea ad Dominum derecatus sum,’ and so continued repeating the psalm until he came to the verse, ‘Me inquit expectant justi donec retribuas mihi.’ All these mysteries being then accomplished in him, his most holy soul being set free and absorbed in the abyss Of the Divine glory, the blessed man slept in the Lord.
One Of his brethren and disciples saw that blessed soul under the appearance of a glorious star, borne upwards by a white cloud, and so carried as upon many waters, straight to Heaven ; and that glorious cloud the sublime purity of sanctity and the fulness of heavenly wisdom and abundant grace, by which holy man had merited an entrance into that palace of light and peace, where for all eternity he reposes in Christ.
At that time B. Augustine, a holy and just man, was minister of the friars at Lavoro ; he being at the Point of death, and having for a long time lost the use of speech exclaimed suddenly, in the hearing of all who stood around : Wait for me, Father, wait for me ; I am coming with thee.” When the friars in great amazement, asked him to whom he thus spoke, he promptly, “See you not Our Father Francis, who is going up to Heaven ? ” And having said this, his soul immediately departed from his body and he followed his most holy Father.(Francis)

http://www.saintsbooks.net. 2021. No page title. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.saintsbooks.net/books/St.%20Bonaventure%20-%20The%20Life%20of%20St.%20Francis%20of%20Assisi.pdf. [Accessed 27 September 2021].

Image: The Death of St. Francis by Giotto

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