Friars’ Prayer at Death of St. Francis
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share Sister Martin Flavin’s adapted choral reading version of Thomas Celano’s Friars’ Prayer at Death of St. Francis used for the Transitus of St. Francis, Oct. 3, 2011.
Oh, how glorious is this Saint whose soul was seen by one of his disciples as it ascended into heaven;
beautiful as the moon and noble as the sun, ascending on a white cloud, beaming with a glorious light!
Lo, you have already concealed the rays of your light.
You have exchanged the company of us poor ones for the company of the angels and saints.
Oh glorious fountain of such illustrious merit, you have already been released from your mortal flesh.
Do not relinquish the care of your children.
You know the dangers in which you have left them.
Your benenolent presence no longers restores them in their many efforts and constant woes.
O truly merciful, most holy Father Francis, you were always ready to be compassionate and to forgive your errant children.
We bless you, holy Father Francis, who is blessed by the Most High One. Amen.
Amen. So be it.