Lament of St. Clare and the Poor Ladies at San Damiano

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share Sister Martin Flavin’s  adapted choral reading version of  Blessed Thomas Celano’s Lament of the Poor Ladies at San Damiano used for the Transitus of St. Francis, Oct. 3, 2011.

Father, Father Francis, what shall we do!

Oh, to whom are you leaving us, so sad, so sorrowful?

Why didn’t you let us precede you joyfully to your destination, instead of leaving us behind in sorrow?

What do you expect us to do, locked away in this shelter if you no longer come to visit us

All of our solace has left with you and there is no consolation left for us.

Who will help us in our great poverty?

Oh, Father of the poor. Lover of Poverty! Who will come to our aid?

Who will console us in times of trial, oh Comfort in the tribulations that have already come upon us in such great abundance?

Oh death, most cruel, you are depriving thousands of his sons and daughters by depriving them of such a Father!

We have lost his bodily presence, the one through whose work our zeal achieved its greatest strength.

But it is fitting to weep over one whose death has been accompanied by an army of angels

Our Father Francis, in whom the kingdom of saints and members of the house of God rejoices!

Come friends of Francis, light a candle, and join us in our grief!

3 thoughts on “Lament of St. Clare and the Poor Ladies at San Damiano”

  1. Anne Marie Lom says:

    I was moved at the finial invitation: “Come friend of Francis, light a candle, and join us in our grief”. How touching to recognize and verbalize the loss the Poor Ladies experienced.

  2. Scriach says:

    Wow! I guess I haven't though much about the loss the Poor Ladies would have felt. This is a beautiful reflection. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. sannette says:

    Oh, this is so meaningful. could we make copies and use it out here in Greenwood next year?

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