FEAST OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Francis has a special place in the heart of deacons, as he was a deacon himself.

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Francis, Rebuild My Church’; a sonnet for the Saint and for the Pope

‘Francis rebuild my church which, as you see
Is falling into ruin.’ From the cross
Your saviour spoke to you and speaks to us
Again through you. Undoing set you free,
Loosened the traps of trappings, cast away
The trammelling of all that costly cloth
We wind our saviour in. At break of day
He set aside his grave-clothes. Your new birth
Came like a daybreak too, naked and true
To poverty and to the gospel call,
You woke to Christ and Christ awoke in you
And set to work through all your love and skill
To make our ruin good, to bless and heal
To wake the Christ in us and make us whole.
Malcolm Guite
Malcolm Guite’s blog:  https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/

FRANCIS OF ASSISI, DEACON

Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) composed this song in the Umbrian dialect of Italian around the time that Italian began to distinguish itself from Latin. He wrote it while suffering intensely from illness near the end of his life. All of the forest scenes in the video are from Assisi, Italy. The final image is of the habit that Saint Francis wore.

Today is his feast.