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Novena to St Francis of Assisi

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who, loving above all things suffering and the cross, merited to bear in your body the miraculous stigmata, by which you became a living image of Jesus Christ crucified:  obtain for us, we pray, the grace to bear in our bodies the mortifications of Christ, that we may merit one day to receive the consolations which are infallibly promised to all those who now weep.

 “If we be dead with Christ Jesus, we shall live also with Him,” says the Apostle; “if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him.” (2nd Timothy 2.11-12)

Pray for us, Saint Francis, that we may obtain the graces and favors we ask for in this novena; pray for us, especially, that we may obtain the grace of perseverance; of a holy death and a happy eternity.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;  where there is injury, pardon;  where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope;  where there is darkness, light;  and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek  to be consoled as to console;  to be understood as to understand;  to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;  and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Glorious Saint Francis, who voluntarily renounced all the comforts and riches of your home to follow more perfectly the life of poverty and abnegation of Jesus Christ:
obtain for us, we pray, a generous contempt of all things in this world, that we may secure the true and eternal things of heaven.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious Saint Francis, who during the whole course of your life continually wept over the passion of the Redeemer, and labor most zealously for the salvation of souls:
obtain for us, we pray, the grace of weeping continually over those sins by which we have crucified afresh Our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may attain to be of th e number of those who shall eternally bless His supreme mercy.

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St. Francis of Assisi was born in Umbria, Italy in 1182 and baptized Giovanni, after St. John the Baptist. He was the privileged son of a wealthy Jewish/Venetian banker and cloth merchant who loved traveling to France. His father insisted that he be renamed Francis, or Frenchman, and expected his young son to follow in his footsteps. As a young man Francis enjoyed the easy life thanks to his family’s wealth but he also led a somewhat sinful life due to the permissive culture in this era of Italian history. Later he would take part in the battle of Collestrada in 1202 between Assisi and Perugia in which the Assisi forces were captured and taken prisoner. After a year in prison Francis was ransomed by his rich father. It took him more than a year to recover from his health problems that had resulted from his prison stay. Once he felt better Francis went to Spoleto in 1204 with the idea of becoming a knight and joining the fourth Crusade but after praying for direction Francis was called by God to forego his worldly wealth and “repair” God’s church. He returned to Assisi to the scorn of his father and friends.

In 1206, Francis began a mendicant life while trying to repair the church of San Damiano. It was during this endeavor that he realized that God meant for him to reform His institutional church which was beset with scandals. Although never ordained a priest Francis began preaching in the streets and soon had many followers. Francis formed the Franciscan order of monks to continue caring for the poor and spreading the Gospel. This order was endorsed by Pope Innocent III in 1210. Francis loved nature and believed that all parts of God’s creation were his brotherhood. His final years were full of suffering and illness. While praying to share in the pain of Jesus’ Passion he received the stigmata. Francis died on October 3rd, 1226. Pope Gregory IX pronounced him a Saint on July 16th, 1228. Construction of the basilica started in the same year and was finished in 1230. An addition called the Upper Basilica was begun in 1239 and was completed in 1253.

The feast day of St. Francis is celebrated on October 4th.

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