17 September 2011

St Francis

Commemoration of the Imprinting of the Holy Stigmata on the Body of St Francis, Confessor

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. I cried to the Lord with my voice: with my voice I made supplication to the Lord. Gloria Patri...

Two years before his death, while at prayer on Mount Alvernia, the Seraphic Patriarch st. Francis of Assisi, was rapt in contemplation, and received in his own body the impression of the sacred Wounds of Christ. Pope Benedict XI ordered the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis to be observed on September 17. Pope Paul V extended it to the whole Catholic world.

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