Friar and Patron SaintCatholic deaconFounder of the Franciscans By: john thomas
Blessing of the AnimalsCeremonies are held on October 4 th , the day of his feast.
Born in Assisi, Italy to a wealthy cloth merchant in 1182 CE.Baptized in honor of John the Baptist, in the hopes he would grow to be a greatreligious leader.Francis the Hellion“Story of the beggar."
1201 - joined a military expedition against. held as prisoner of war for 1 year1203 - returned to Assisi and his old ways1204 - serious illness led to a spiritual crisis.1205 - Enlisted in the army againSoon after, A strange vision made him return toAssisi he began to avoid the “sports” and his formercompanions.
Self isolation - prayer for enlightenment.Takes to nursing lepers.Another Mystical vision.Disowns his father.Sermon on Matthew 10:9.Founding of the Order of Friars Minor.1219 - Mission to Egypt – Converting the Sultan?
Although drawings and paintings of the Nativity Scene preceded his time;Saint Francis was the first to create a three dimensional scene using live animals.
While praying during a forty-day fast; Francis received the five wounds of Christ.
1228 - Pronounced a saint by Pope Gregory IX.Saint Francis is considered the first Italian poet by literary critics.He believed commoners should be able to pray to God in their own language, andhe wrote often in the dialect of Umbria instead of Latin.His writings are considered to have great literary, as well as religious value.
Many different versions of the prayer exist. The most popular is the following:
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